A group in the US called “Preppers” anticipates Armageddon coming any day and they are already preparing (hence the name “Preppers”) for that event in a number of ways. In many instances, they are already living a certain lifestyle which is very different from that of their neighbors in order to be ready for cataclysm when it descends upon the country or even the world. Here are some aspects of the Prepper lifestyle with some explanation of their purpose.
When World War III, Climate Change, or the spread of lethal pathogens finally decimates the US population, certain skills will not be useful. Studies of philosophy, literature, and history won’t bring home the bacon or cure sickness. During a time of crisis Americans will need to have skills they might have forgotten; the kinds honed by stay-at-home moms and derided by high-flying professionals.
These include basics like how to grow and preserve food and how to cook from almost nothing; identifying edible and poisonous plants and herbs that heal. The Prepper lifestyle involves education in these skills. Kids spend a lot of their time exploring the wilderness with their friends and families. Long hiking and camping trips might or might not be fun: enjoyment is not the issue so much as getting ready to live rough when the time comes.
Prepper societies are learning how to harness energy and teaching themselves the principals of solar, wind, and hydro power. They know how to build small generators for running their homes.
They are also diving into learning about and building aquaponics systems as taught by Alec Deacon in his program “Backyard Liberty” and what we discussed earlier on this site. And, if you read that article, you know how important it is going to be to have a sustainable source of food. The aquaponics system that Alec proposes will ensure that your family has a reliable and clean fish supply indefinitely.
Many Americans didn’t even know how to build and maintain a fire before they adopted the survivalist outlook and changed their lives. Teenagers and their parents learn how to look after and use weapons which they can then use to hunt or to protect themselves and their families from looters. First aid skills become critical.
Preppers expect the worst and they admit they don’t know when it is coming. In the meantime, they hoard, usually in underground bunkers. Several companies have sprung up supplying survivalists with long-life food. The shelf-life is incredibly long (more than 10 years) and it’s easy to prepare these meals. Preppers also hoard medical supplies, detergents, batteries, and water. They budget to put some of their food away every month: a certain number of tins, so many matches, rolls of gauze, and numerous cans of propane. The video we’ve included below explains why we hoard nickles and certain pennies.
Most households would have to admit they waste food or energy. They leave lights on or the refrigerator door open. They buy food but let it become stale or rotten and have to throw it out. Preppers practice self-control: eating less but eating good food, turning off lights, sleeping with fewer blankets and turning the furnace down. These people can handle rain, snow, and extreme temperatures which most individuals would balk at.