“Oh. You’re one of those people.”
This was said to me by an online “friend”. Since she thinks I’m weird anyhow, it didn’t bother me. I immediately knew this person was thinking of the show Doomsday Preppers. Lately it seems like anyone who has extra food stored is labeled as a “nutcase” because of this show.
I will admit that I started watching it out of curiosity. I even laughed a few times until I realized something: I am a prepper.
Little did she know that in my state it’s perfectly normal to have extra items in case of a power outage. Nor’easters are the norm here as are hurricane, tropical storms and thunderstorms. God help anyone who is caught without back-up heat or food during a Nor’easter or ice storm. I was one of those people. It was a miserable experience I do not want to repeat.
Given the results, and the poor government response, of Hurricanes Katrina and Super Storm Sandy (which we were hit by). it is irresponsible for anyone not to have something for emergencies.
In response to this person’s comment, I asked her, “Do you mean to tell me you don’t keep flashlights and batteries on hand in case you lose power? Didn’t you tell me you never let your car go below half a tank of gas “just in case”?” When she answered that she does indeed do these things, I came back with, “Then I guess you’re a prepper too.”
Being a “prepper” means you are “prepared for an emergency”. That’s it. It does not necessarily mean you are preparing for a Zombie Apocalypse though some might, or you’re waving guns around while sticking your head out of a bunker. Emergencies can include job loss, illness, weather events, normal breakage of electrical or water lines, contamination of water supplies, ice storms, hurricanes and more.
I learned the hard way. Trust me – you do not want to learn the hard way with 6 children aged 6 – 18 or having small grandchildren in the house.
Despite what people may think being prepared is just smart. I’ve read story after story of people who had a year of food stored, were laid off and lived off of their storage while they tried to find a new job. They didn’t go hungry, because they had food. They were able to concentrate their money on keeping their homes. Because of what my own family experienced I (and FEMA) highly recommend people have something set aside for two weeks minimum.