Why Should You Be A Prepper?

Why should you be a Prepper? Interesting question. Ever notice traditional wisdom makes fun of a Prepper? The tale of Chicken Little fearing the sky was falling, or the Boy who cried Wolf are both warnings against being a naysayer, a doomsday predictor, a glass is half empty person. Although people may have good intentions, like the street corner preacher screaming “Repent … the world is ending,” most people view forecasters of doom with a wary eye. But … I don’t consider myself as such a person, but the majority of outsiders very well may perceive us as that. So … why should you be a Prepper?

Essentially there are two types of people in the world. Those who prepare for the worse case scenario and those who don’t. Let’s be honest, some survivalist (I’ll use this term because I’m tired of my spell check red flagging Prepers) are rather paranoid and somewhat creepy. And not all people who don’t prepare are non-believers, they’re just too damn lazy to do anything about it, or they are professional procrastinators. “What if the SHTF never happens?” or “If the SHTF I’d just as soon die than endure the crap afterwards.” First saying equals I’m too lazy to try and do anything, and the second is a lie which the lazy person thinks make them sound tough.

But what if the SHTF never happens, at least in our lifetime. Have we wasted precious time and resources preparing for something or fearing something that never occurred? Absolutely not. Being a survivalist is a lifestyle which we benefit from in good times as well as bad. Let’s look at what I’m talking about in regards of why should you be a prepper.

  1. Leadership: To make a decision to become a Survivalist and take action towards that goal requires leadership qualities. History’s great leaders were deemed so by their reactions to catastrophic events, wars, natural disasters, epidemics, in other words, bad times. Learning leadership skills are never a waste.

  2. Discipline: Developing the will power to continue to store food, water, learn survival techniques, etc, requires discipline and discipline often results in obtaining goals one may consider achievable. You don’t need to experience a SHTF moment to benefit from having strong discipline.

  3. Being a survivalist requires the ability to organize and implement a long-term plan. Such skills are rungs of the ladder for climbing to a higher position in the corporate or blue collar world. Everybody, whether their ego will allow them to actually express it, appreciates the skills of organization and planning.

  4. Self-Defense: Every survivalist is well aware of the dangers the unprepared will pose to them and their family if the SHTF. Well, guess what … the SHTF everyday for someone in the form of muggings, robberies, rapes car jacking(s). The survivalist is trained to protect themselves and their families. Not a bad skill to possess.

  5. Learning Basic First-aid: Every survivalist knows the value of having elementary medical training. There is no doubt if SHTF there will be causalities and injuries which will require professional medical treatment. However, there will be hundreds of small injuries, cuts, bruises, abrasions that a person trained in first-aid can treat and avoid further complications due to infection. Do these types of injuries occur today and can being trained help? Yep.

  6. Fitness: If the SHTF you’ll require the strength and energy to survive it. That may require walking a long distance to your bug-out spot, or carrying a heavy backpack. You’ll need to stay physically fit. And if SHTF doesn’t happen. You’ll live a longer happier life with more energy and a better frame of mind.

  7. Inflation: This factor goes hand in hand with an economic collapse. Should hyper inflation hit, like in Argentina where inflation and shortage of basic needs have provoked riots, the survivalist is insulated. They have 2-3 years of toilet paper, canned goods, other sanitary products and toiletries bought at last years price, not today’s inflated price. This will help you preserve the wealth you have.

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  1. Constructing & Maintaining a Shelter: Shelter is the first pillar in the rule of three and a survivalist must be able to construct and repair a shelter in order to protect their family. This will require tools and basic building skills which can be applied to the house you live in right now. Pay to have a roof leak fixed? No way. Put that $200 back in your pocket and buy a $5 can of tar or other leak repair material.

  2. Droughts: The thought of dying of thirst conjures up visions of old cowboy movies where the guy takes his last breath through blistered lips before dying on the desert floor. The survivalist has an ample amount of water stockpiled, and if that supply runs out they know how to sanitize dirty water making it potable. If there’s water anywhere, the survivalist will not go thirsty.

  3. Floods & Fires: Climate change has added to the frequency and tenacity of floods and forest fires. To survive such natural disasters a person must be prepared to quickly bug-out with the knowledge and skills to know which way to go and how to handle roadblocks along the way. Most people do not possess those skills.

  4. Earthquakes & Tornadoes: These types of natural calamities will require an additional skill set to the flood and fire skills. People will be buried under debris which will require the skills of a survivalist to perform search and rescue operations.

 Improvisation: We are all guilty of throwing broken stuff away without even considering if we can fix it. We don’t have the time, knowledge or motivation to re-purpose anything, just buy another one. The day may come when there is no other one to buy. This is where a survivalist ability to improvise, repairing or re-purposing something for another task will be invaluable.

  1. Self-Sufficiency: The knowledge of knowing you can take care of your families’ needs in a crisis situation is a great comfort. You know you won’t have to rely on the charity of others or for the authorities to finally reach you, after they take care of all the wealthy citizens first, to offer assistance. In fact you may be the one offering the help and professional knowledge to save people.

  2. Learning Outdoor Survival Skills: Chances are if the SHTF or a natural disaster hits, your house may be destroyed making it uninhabitable. You may be forced to live outdoors in the wild until things return to semi-normal. This will require learning shelter building, fire starting and other survival skills you can only learn and practice in the great outdoors. In addition to learning new skills its an excellent time to turn the family onto camping.

Why Should You Be A Prepper? I believe the above 14 examples, which is just a handful of the many reasons, clearly demonstrate how acquiring the skills to become a survivalist are a valuable asset in everyday life whether the SHTF are not.


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