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    Default What Exactly Are Preppers Prepping For?

    John Timmer
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    Motivations include lots of government warnings and media coverage of disasters.

    "Prepping," or getting ready to live without societal support, is apparently a largely American activity, and a recent one. Companies that cater to people who want to be self-reliant for food, water, and power have grown their revenue by about 700 percent over the last decade, and prepper products are now offered in places like Costco, Kmart, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
    But it's not at all clear what's driving this growth—why are more people getting ready for society's collapse? Some explanations focus on a tendency toward paranoia in American society or fears of terrorism or natural disaster. But actual evidence that directly supports any of these ideas as the main reason is pretty sparse.

    Read more: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018...ign=pockethits
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    I wasn't aware that this is a response limited to the U.S., but I'm not too surprised given the penetration of television into American homes, and the hysteria that it sometimes generates. But when they say, "...prepping might be an unusual response to the challenges everyone faces when trying to communicate risks to the public...," I fail to see why it's described as "unusual." Every country experiences some sort of natural disaster: fire, flood, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes etc. — some of which come with little or no warning and require immediate evacuation.
    I don't live in an area that is prone to such disasters, but I have certainly lived through floods, hurricanes and extended power outages. Consequently I'm prepared to get by for a long time without power. I do have a go-bag "just in case," the main component of which is food that needs no refrigeration and can be opened by hand. But in the event of a weeks-long power outage (we had one of those during the ice storm of 1998), or the actual grid going down, I have wood heat, a gas cookstove, a hand pump on the well, and food that needs no refrigeration (oatmeal, rice, beans, lentils, cornmeal etc. as well as home-canned goods). My frozen food will be at risk, but in the not-too-distant future I hope to install a few pv panels or perhaps invest in a generator. I don't see what's unusual about being prepared for the unexpected.
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    Preparation is so individual and so dependent upon the geographical area. For example, here our power outages are measured in months, rather than in days. A friend of mine who installs solar panel systems is so busy these days with putting in large off the grid installations. Getting the batteries here is the big deal, along with getting any supplies here. I'd swear they are putting stuff on a boat which goes three times around the world before docking here.

    I did save some of the government issued MREs from the last hurricane, just in case. All local food will be gone, just as it was the last time. It took months before any crops were ready for harvest.

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    There are also man-made, as opposed to natural, disasters or at least very bad situations which prepping can prep you for.

    Here in Brazil, the truckers nationwide went on strike about 10 days ago. Almost everything here gets transported in trucks--fresh food, nonperishables, gasoline, diesel fuel, medicines, you name it. It didn't take long for the strike to impact pretty much every area of daily life. (It's not only a strike, but a lockout.) The gas stations ran out of fuel to sell, the greengrocers and supermarkets ran out of greens and most other vegetables; some merchants sold their last few heads of kale, for example, for at least five times the normal price. Available public transport was a fraction of normal. Public schools closed at one point. Here in Rio, the water company warned there might be a lack of water, but that hasn't happened. Just a few examples.

    After a week or so, the government provided official security details to escort some trucks so they could get through the blockade with essentials like fuel and some food. When the fuel got through, there were lines of cars blocks long to get gas. Then the gast stations ran out again, of course. (A friend of mine returned from a visit to the US to find that both her car and her husband's were very low on gas. I told her, "Next time I bet you'll fill up your tanks before traveling!" She biked to work.)

    Last night at midnight the workers of the oil industry went on strike. We'll have to see how deeply that impacts the situation.

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    Maurya and Pattypans, you remind me how fortunate I am to live where I do (although that good fortune diminishes visibly day by day).
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    Islander, then please kindly explain why it seems like about half the population formerly of Maine now is living here. Hmmm?

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    That's news to me. You know some Mainers? I could never tolerate the heat and humidity.
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    Yes, I know lots of Mainiacs, and most of them seem to know each other.

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    That's surprising. Did they come as a group?
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    No, doesn't seem to be so. All ages, all types of people.

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