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If Everything Is Going To Be Okay, Then Why Is The Number Of Preppers In The United States Absolutely Exploding?

A rapidly growing number of Americans believe that the United States has veered very far off the right track in recent years and they have begun preparing for “the end of the world as we know it”.  For many of these “preppers”, the complete and total collapse of the U.S. economy is now such a certainty that it would be foolish not to get prepared.  For others, the prospect of another major natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina is motivation enough to stock up on food and supplies.  Still other Americans are deeply concerned about potential terror attacks, the outbreak of deadly pandemics or even the start of the next world war. The truth is that there are a lot of reasons to be concerned about the state of the world, and as Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico demonstrated, the U.S. government is not often very good at picking up the pieces once disaster strikes.  Millions of Americans are starting to wake up and are realizing that when the chips are down nobody else is going to take care of them.  Instead of moving to Montana and building a nuclear fallout shelter like the hardcore survivalists of old did, many modern preppers are converting extra bedrooms into food storage pantries, they are learning how to grow survival gardens and they are stocking up on everything from gas masks to auxiliary generators.

Nobody knows exactly how many preppers there are in the United States at this point, but everyone agrees that their numbers have been exploding.  In fact, it has been estimated that there are up to 4 million preppers in the U.S. in 2010.  The number of prepper blogs, podcasts, and websites have multiplied in recent years.  The following are just a few examples of some of the prepper websites that are out there….

*The Survival Mom

*American Preppers Network

*In Case Of Emergency, Read Blog

*The Surburban Prepper

Preppers have also been voting with their wallets.  Even as hard economic times become “the new normal” in America, companies that cater to preppers are actually thriving.  It turns out that makers of bottled water, canned goods, dehydrated broth, gas masks and auxiliary generators have been doing very well in this economy.

Companies such as Hormel (maker of Spam), Cummins (maker of auxiliary power generators) and Airgas (maker of gas masks) have all seen their stock prices hit record highs in recent weeks.

Why?

Because preppers are spending their money and when preppers spend money on emergency supplies they don’t mess around.

In fact, many average Americans would be absolutely astounded at the great lengths that some of these preppers have gone to.

But it isn’t just preppers and survivalists who are advocating preparedness.

Did you know that September has been designated “National Preparedness Month” by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?

It’s true.

The U.S. government wants us all to use the month of September to make sure that our families are prepared in the event that disaster or emergency strikes.

Unfortunately, most modern Americans actually know very little about preparedness, but that has not always been the case.

Back during World War II, “victory gardens” enabled Americans to grow 40 percent of all the vegetables that they needed.  Those gardens greatly contributed to the war effort and helped Americans get through some very difficult times.

But today we are so accustomed to running out to Wal-Mart or to the local supermarket whenever we need some more food that we have gotten soft.

To a great extent, we have lost the ability to take care of ourselves, but now the preppers are trying to bring those skills back into the mainstream.

As the economy gets increasingly worse, it is likely that even more Americans will become preppers.  The number of Americans stocking up on emergency food, water filters and backup generators will continue to skyrocket.  The truth is that even Wall Street is starting to notice….

“If it’s the end of the world, what do you buy? Canned foods, guns and the generators,” Keith Springer, president of Capital Financial Advisory Services, was quoted as saying in the Wall Street Journal recently.  “There are a huge number of people who feel this is the end of the world.”

In fact, some very prominent voices in the financial world are beginning to warn of the potential for an “economic collapse” and about the possibility that we could actually see a “breakdown” of society….

*Late last year, one of the bigget financial services companies in Europe, Société Générale, advised their clients to be ready for a possible “global economic collapse” at some point over the next two years.

*Barton M. Biggs, the former chief global strategist at Morgan Stanley, warns in his 2008 book “Wealth, War & Wisdom” that we must “assume the possibility of a breakdown of the civilized infrastructure.”

So what can be done?  Well, one of my articles that recently appeared on Benzinga contains 10 practical steps that just about anyone can take to prepare for the coming economic collapse.

In addition, I wrote an article a while back entitled “20 Things You Will Need To Survive When The Economy Collapses And The Next Great Depression Begins” that got a lot of attention and that contains a list of necessities that you will want to stock up on in case we do see the day when society does totally break down.

The reality is that the government is not necessarily going to be there to rescue you when everything falls apart.

“Following 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina it was abundantly clear that it is dangerous and even naive to expect government agencies to swoop in to save everybody in the event of a major emergency,” Tom Horn of Raiders News Network explains on his website. “Now we are hearing from federal authorities that it is only a matter of time – when, not if – a catastrophic event could make 9-11 pale by comparison. Experts have placed even-odds on a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) inside the United States within the next five years.”

So what would you do if a WMD went off in a nearby city?

What would you do if a massive electromagnetic pulse fried all the electronics where you live?

Would you do if the economy totally collapsed and we entered another Great Depression?

What would you do if a horrible strain of the flu started sweeping the nation and we all had to stay in our homes for a month?

Those are some things that we need to think about in this day and age.

As you read this, millions of Americans are feverishly preparing for the day when disaster will strike.

What about you?

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  • Not so Mad Max

    I listen to the Survival Pod Cast by Jack Spirko regularly Jack has a great web site and takes the philosophy of loss of support systems. A job is a support system if you have six months of food and cash on hand in an e-fund the loss of a job is not so traumatic. Wal Mart is a support system your local utility is a support system. I would recommend Jacks site to anybody serious about prepping the sites you give as examples I’ll have a look at thanks in advance. The one thing I’ve learned is you can never have too much well thought out input.

    http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/

  • Mr Carpenter

    I’ve been preparing as best I can (and far better than the average person) for several years, and my wife still mocks me for it to some extent.

    I do hope that I don’t ever have to say “told you so”. But, prepping is just like insurance. You do recognize that you need it (if you are smart), but also recognize that you hope you never have to avail yourself of it!

    My Mrs is now nagging me to redo my closet (food pantry) in order to get more food into it so I think she’s starting to see things a bit clearer…

    Don’t forget to rotate foods from the pantry to the kitchen instead of simply using up things in the kitchen and leaving old stock to get ancient in the pantry, folks.

  • http://www.1913intel.com Matt

    Yes, a lot of people are preparing for the worst. I run a website on emerging risks that discusses why more difficult times are ahead. For example, not only are we headed for an economic collapse, the historical signs of a major war involving America, Russia and China are present. Effectively this would be Depression 2 plus World War 3.

    Using power law analysis applied to sandpiles and forests, I show how suppressing small and intermediate collapses only brings us much bigger trouble. Economies follow the power law too.

    One historical sign of a major war is the three Es: Empires in decline, economic volatility and ethnic conflict. America is in decline. The current global financial crisis provides the economic volatility to Russia and China. An impending major war in the Middle East involving Israel and its neighbors could possibly go nuclear and provides the catalyst for war involving America, Russia and China.

    Historians have noted that America experiences a major crisis every 80 to 100 years. The current crisis period started in 2005 and goes to 2025. If our pain level is currently a 2, then it will ultimately go to a 10 says one historian. This is very difficult to understand unless America experiences a major nuclear war.

    War also follows the power law. The suppression of smaller wars that directly affect a lot of American people means that Americans do not fear, or even think about nuclear war. This is a very bad sign based on the power law: The further you get from the last major crisis means you are closer to the next major crisis. That means a much bigger war is coming.

    While Russia and China are building underground bunkers, we do nothing. While Russia and China upgrade their nuclear forces, we do nothing. Russia has even explained that it will use a preemptive nuclear strike to protect itself and its allies. But who are its allies?

    Syria.

    You should be very worried about war in the Middle East.

    Follow me at http://www.1913intel.com.

  • http://gulfcoastsurvival.com Bayou Billy

    The reason “prepping” is exploding is because it’s just good sense. Here in New Orleans (and the whole Gulf Coast) I see it as stupid to *not* prepare. The norm should be preparing for disaster due to at least two major catastrophes in our area in the last five years.

    A Gulf Coast resident who doesn’t have a stockpile of food and water, a few weapons, and some other emergency supplies is ignoring the very real and very terrible things that occurred during Katrina – things that could happen all over again.