So, with the North Korean nuclear threat menacing the west coast, climate change-induced hurricanes battering the Gulf Coast, and a social meltdown between left/right, black/white, cops/blacks, Robert E. Lee statues/antifa soldiers, etc, is it really crazy to consider what you might do if the power goes out or Wal-Mart closes for a protracted period?
I came across this in the NYT, no less. Which is kinda spooky in itself.
“Prepping” doesn’t always mean for the end of the world or collapse of society, anyone who lives on the Gulf Coast should be a little bit prepper for hurricanes. When Ike or Harvey came through my area, I wasn’t desperate for fuel or Fritos, I just rode it out and watched the news of people standing in line for 6 hours at the grocery store for rations. That’s my level, a generator for a couple weeks of power, food for a few more, and an AR-15 in case of criminal attack. Not that I expect to be Mad Max, but it doesn’t hurt to be capable of saying “No, go away” at 3002 fps if necessary.
And yeah, there is a wide range of preppers, so ymmv, some may seem irrational to you, get over it. There are obsessive, paranoid people at Star Wars conventions -shrug- so it is not limited to people who are interested in planning and self-reliance.
The chances of America sliding into anarchy, being nuked, or sustaining a pandemic are slim, sure, and I for one don’t spend a lot of $$ or time worrying about it. I don’t carry a snorkel in my car in case I run into a canal. But the subject is interesting and it’s not a terrible hobby. It can be a little wearying when someone claims to have all the answers or is an authority on survival, but for the most part (for me at least) it’s like hunting or camping–getting a setup to deal with something out of the ordinary.