Preppers Really Aren’t That Crazy

Those Crazy Preppers… preppers

Most of us have seen or heard of the Doomsday Preppers show on cable TV. ***That’s NOT us!*** Unfortunately, that is how much of the world sees the entire community of preppers. We are all lumped in with people that seem a bit paranoid. They appear to brainwash their kids. They use fear to motivate participation. Some preppers also tend to focus on a single catastrophic event. It seems like an obsession with that one thing that will plunge the world into chaos.

Becoming Mainstream

In recent years, emergency preparedness has been on the rise. Regardless of the fact that preppers have become more mainstream or that they have ignited a multi-million dollar retail market, there is resistance. There still seems to be a negative connotation associated with the terms prepping, survivalism, self-reliance, etc. It’s unfortunate.

The way I see it, people who hate on preppers are generally driven by:

  • Denial (the Pollyannas) where the thought of a catastrophic event is so overwhelming that you pretend nothing will ever happen.
  • Ignorance that the government/church (ANYONE other than you) will save you.
  • Pride that “You got this!” Maybe you don’t want to be lumped into that crazy prepper category. So, you roll your eyes and go on about your life.

The Sky Is NOT Falling…But the Snow Is!

You do not have to be a Chicken Little, and create hysteria or become a mockery to your loved ones. Making a quiet choice to be a prepper is a great way to move forward. But if you’re still leery about prepping, there is still time to change your mindset. Preppers don’t just sit around waiting for the end of the world or an invasion of “bad guys”…they get ready! I saw the news tonight and my jaw dropped. Buffalo, NY is expecting 90 inches of snow! There’s a lot of potential for people to be stranded, cold, and hungry. Preppers in Buffalo will rest easier knowing that they have prepared in advance.

Preppers Plan Ahead

Effective prepping requires planning and action. Build your bug-out-bags. Go visit Survival Tactics NOW!’s blog on our survival planning process. Make smart purchases and decisions for prepping. The overzealous purchase of 100 pounds of wheat sans wheat grinder won’t do you any good. Neither will purchasing a gun (or three…) without ammo or enough skill and training to put rounds on target!

Choose to Survive!

When disaster strikes, you have three choices. You can put your head in the sand. You can grab your bug-out-bag and leave the area until things cool off. You can hunker down where you are at to ride it out. The last two options both require a fair amount of deliberate, advanced planning to be successful . . . my advice? Choose survival! Make like a Boy Scout and “Be Prepared!”

About the Author

Andrea B. is the Vice President of Survival Tactics NOW! and is passionate about educating others in the art of self- reliance. She loves family, fitness, and challenging herself by learning new and interesting survival tactics!


  1. Aaron B says:

    I don’t know how many people I run into that think they are prepared because they have their hunting rifle and 100 rounds of ammo. As you imply, prepping really needs to be a well balanced approach. Fore example, many of the people I meet who are actually kind of prepared are still short some of the basic. I live in an arid climate and my biggest fear is running out of water. You can’t drink wheat, guns, ammo or cammo.

    Another interesting issue you bring up is that the odds of needing to be prepared are much higher than most people think just from weather events. Seems like a couple times a year some community is greatly impacted by the weather.

  2. pops says:

    Excellent article! Keep up the good work.

  3. Paulette says:

    Great article! It got me thinking about the very real possibility that we could be snowed in or trapped in our cars. I’m not sure we’re completely ready but I’m going to get there!

    • Thanks, Paulette! Yes, it’s always good to prepare to be snowed in, especially in your neck of the woods!