Why Are Preppers Hated So Much?

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Have you noticed that it has become trendy to bash preppers?  For a long time the prepper movement was ignored, but now it has become so large that it is getting very difficult for the mainstream media to pretend that it is not there.  In fact, it has been estimated that there are now approximately 3 million preppers in the United States alone.  So now the mainstream media has decided that mocking the movement is the best strategy, and lots of “critics” and “skeptics” out there have picked up on this trend.  Instead of addressing the very real issues that have caused millions of Americans to prepare for the worst, those criticizing the prepper movement attempt to put the focus on individual personalities.  They try to find the strangest nutjobs they possibly can and then hold them up as “typical preppers”.  The goal is to portray preppers as tinfoil hat wearing freaks that need to be locked up in the loony bin for their own personal safety and for the good of society.  The criticism of preppers has really ramped up in recent months, and it will likely get even worse in 2013.  The establishment does not like any movement that is outside of their control, and the prepper movement is definitely not under their control.


Often, hit pieces on the prepper movement are disguised as articles or shows that are supposed to be “balanced” looks at the movement.  This is especially true of shows such as “Doomsday Preppers“.  That show is the highest rated show that the National Geographic channel has ever had, and it can be a lot of fun to watch.  But if you notice carefully, they almost always try to feature people that they consider to be “freaks” or that are “on the fringe of society”.  Many other “reality shows” follow the exact same recipe.  The goal is to draw high ratings by running a “freak show” that people can’t help but watch.

Even if you go on such a show and try to do your best to explain your prepping in a rational and coherent manner, they will still edit the footage so that it makes you look like a freak.  It really is a no-win proposition.  These shows are trying to make it clear that preppers should be mocked.  The underlying implication is that these people are crazy and that what they are doing is stupid.

And at the end of each segment, the producers of the show are careful to include reasons why the prepper that was just featured is being irrational and why the things they are preparing for are extremely unlikely to happen.  Just in case you missed the message they have been trying to communicate the entire time, they come right out and tell you the conclusion that you are supposed to come to.

And of course we see the same attitudes reflected in reviews of the show.  For example, the following is from a recent Los Angeles Times review of the new season of Doomsday Preppers…

Still, it’s hard not to feel for young Jason from tiny Plato, Mo. (pop. 109), who is awaiting worldwide financial collapse with his homemade, nail-studded “mace-ball bat,” and that his is a life on the verge of going completely wrong. “I’m not afraid to have to kill,” Jason says, in his camouflage pants and dog tag, and there seems to be no question in his mind that it will come to that. (“Jason has always been a worrywart,” says his mother.)

Or for Big Al, from Nashville, who is getting ready for old-school nuclear war by digging down into the earth and surrounding himself with steel. (“I prefer not to use the term ‘bunker’ — to me, it’s an underground house.”) He spends months at a time by himself down there, training for the inevitable — which he expects to weather alone — cooking different combinations of canned goods and, you know, spending too much time alone. One leg pumps constantly as he talks.

The preppers don’t want my pity, of course — quite the opposite, I’m sure. The joke will be on me, they would say, when I am expiring from fallout or smallpox, being carried away in a tornado or torn apart by the hungry ravaging hordes. (I am not even prepared for the Big Earthquake that might more probably get me.)

Would this Los Angeles Times reporter mock other groups of Americans in a similar manner?

Probably not.

But the establishment has made it clear that it is open season on preppers, so this particular writer mocks them with no fear.

Not that any prepper that is thinking clearly would go on a show such as “Doomsday Preppers” anyway.  Sure, it is nice to be on television, but if you are a serious prepper then one of the last things you want to do is to go on television and advertise your preparations to millions of people.

Others have picked up on the contempt that the establishment has for preppers and have started to issue their own critiques of the movement.  For example, an “emergency manager” named Valerie Lucus-McEwen recently published a blog post entitled “Doomsday Preppers are Socially Selfish” that got a lot of attention…

You might wonder why someone like me, who has been in the business of encouraging disaster preparedness for a very long time, is so critical of people who are doing just that. It’s because they are being socially selfish – preparing themselves and the hell with everyone else.  Instead of spending time and energy making changes that would benefit the larger community, in their very narrow focus of loyalty they are more concerned about themselves.

Emergency Managers can’t afford that kind of attitude.  It is diametrically opposed to everything we do. Our job is to prepare individuals and communities and jurisdictions and regions and – ultimately – the globe for disasters, knowing we won’t always succeed.

She followed up that venomous attack with another blog post in which she declared the following…

Selfish is defined as concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself, seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage or well being without regard for others. By that definition, Doomsday Preppers are socially selfish – Disaster Preppers are not.

Subsequently, she has issued a very brief apology, but what she wrote is very typical of the type of thinking that is out there these days.  Anyone that does not “trust the government” and attempts to become “self-sufficient” is actually very “selfish” and is not “being a good citizen”.

And sadly, it appears that being a “prepper” is now enough to get special attention from the authorities.  For example, a 46-year-old prepper in rural Maryland named Terry Porter recently had his home raided by 150 armed law enforcement officers.  The details of this incident were described in a recent article by Paul Joseph Watson

According to a charging document filed in Washington County District Court, Porter “openly admitted to being a prepper” (as if this was an illegal act in and of itself) and said that he was “very irritated” about the recent presidential election. Porter had also invested in an underground bomb shelter and had installed surveillance cameras on his property.

Once the investigation into Porter began, police discovered that he had a 1992 felony drug conviction and was therefore barred from owning firearms. On Thursday last week, no less than 150 armed and militarized police and FBI agents in the guise of tactical assault teams descended on Porter’s house as if they were confronting a terrorist cell. The raid also included helicopters, SWAT crews, armored vehicles and even excavation equipment.

Porter was absent at the time of the raid but turned himself in the next morning at Hagerstown Barrack.

After the raid, the claim that Porter was stockpiling “10-15 machine gun-style firearms” was demolished when police uncovered “four shotguns, a .30-30-caliber rifle and two .22-caliber rifles,” hardly a deadly mass arsenal.

Would 150 officers have shown up at his home if he had not been identified as a “prepper”?

Of course not.

But “preppers” have been labeled as “dangerous” and “crazy” and that is the way that law enforcement authorities now treat them.

So why are preppers hated so much?

It is because they are a direct challenge to the status quo.  Just by prepping, preppers are proclaiming that they do not have faith in the system.  But most people have complete and total faith in the system, and many of them do not like to have that faith questioned.  As I have written about in other articles, polling has found that most Americans expect that the government will take care of them if disaster strikes.  Most people have been trained to “trust the experts” and to “trust the government” all of their lives, and that conditioning can be very difficult to overcome.

This blind faith in the system is a big reason why so many Americans have not made any preparations at all.  In fact, one recent poll discovered that most Americans do not even have three days worth of food in their homes…

A recent survey found that 55 percent of Americans have less than three days supply of food in their homes. Many people have no emergency supplies, or even a first aid kit.

That absolutely astounds me.

Another poll discovered that 64 percent of all Americans are “unprepared for a major natural disaster”.

So what is going to happen to them if something even worse than a major natural disaster hits?

For example, what if the electrical grid went down and we had no more power for an extended period of time?

Well, one survey found that 21 percent of all Americans believe that they would survive for less than a week, and an additional 28 percent of all Americans believe that they would survive for less than two weeks.  Close to 75 percent of all Americans said that they would be dead before the two month mark.

So I guess we sure had better hope and pray that nothing goes seriously wrong, eh?

The truth is that it isn’t the preppers that are crazy.

Rather, it is the people that believe that everything will always be fine and that the government will always take care of them that are crazy.

Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and now is the time to get prepared.

You may get mocked a bit for prepping now, but later on you sure will be glad that you prepared for the worst.

  • Tj

    Good article. Doomsday Prepper is an entertaining show. I do feel that the show tries to make preppers look like nutjobs. Like DEMCAD says “The future belongs to the ones who prepare for it today” !

    • Nom Deplume, Esq.

      I noticed early on that half the people on Doomsday Preppers were actually pushing their own businesses, from preparedness and paramilitary training, to underground shelter sales. Some of it was obvious but most of it wasn’t.

  • Mark

    We have followed the advise of Ezra Taft Benson for many years now. His advise should be pretty spot on as he was the Sec. of Ag. in the 1950’s. He wrote a paper besides his many books called ” Prepare for the Days of Tribulation “. I took that as great advise. We have been grinding our own wheat for flour now a long time. We live a good distance from any stores and so we try to keep all that we need in stock at home. Times really seem to be changing to where I would hope that there would be more than 3 million people being prepared for a disaster. There are so many out there that do not have much and those that are prepared and are able too should be ready to help out their neighbors if needed.

  • 2Gary2

    every group has its crazy fringe–look at the tea bag on the republican side. I think the preppers will have the last laugh. I do not know how anyone could feel threatened by preppers.

    • Mark

      Gary, are you a prepper?

      • 2Gary2

        not as of yet but every time I open my fridge or look in the cupboard I think about how little time the food there in would last. I really do not have a lot of space or money which is probably why I should prep, at least the money part. I guess its inertia that is stopping me from starting. Thats a bad excuse I know.

        • Mark

          If space is a problem, you might use boxes that hold #10 cans of dry pack as a support under beds. This worked for my daughter when we bought them a lot of food storage one year for Christmas. Times are tuff and they are using some of the food now.

        • you need water, that is your #1 concern in survival, learn to eat off the land, most places already inhabited by humans are full of things that can be eaten from wild flowers, plants to bugs to of course small/large animals if you can trap/hunt. Water though, you can’t last long without it.

          • 2Gary2

            I guess living in WI we have more than enough fresh water (great lakes)

        • HecatesMoon

          Beans and rice, honey. Beans and rice. :)
          Cans of soup are a dollar or less a can too. The occasional extra can of coffee here and there….
          It doesn’t have to be overwhelming or really expensive.

        • HecatesMoon

          We’re set on the New Madrid fault line lol but you can take your chances here! We will share eggs and chickens with you….you know…given the idea that the earth doesn’t open and swallow me, my family, and my chicken coop. :)

          • thundercloud47

            I once read a diary written by one of the survivors of the big quakes back in the 1800’s. He eventually moved away. He moved to an area where Indians were on the warpath. He said he felt far safer there because you could at least see Indians.

        • If money is a problem, then use coupons. Use couponmom dot com to find the latest deals, buy your Sunday newspapers for the inserts and go shopping. I’ve made a huge stockpile for very little money with coupons.

    • Mark

      Gary, you have not been over at The Economic Collaspe. I have a comment waiting for you. Is the topic too much for you and your world outlook.

    • Syrin

      Says the most extreme Brown Shirt Nazi- wannabe on the planet. So when are you going to bust into your neighbor’s house and steal everything from their pantry you greedy SOB ?

    • Syrin

      So says the douche bag from the left who can’t wait to steal all his neighbor’s stuff.

      • 2Gary2

        syrin–this is an honest question: Are you retarded? Do you have an IQ only in the single or double digits? This would explain a lot of your absurd posts.

      • liberranter

        He’ll try, but since he’s averse to guns like everyone else on the left, he’ll go down in a hail of bullets from whomever he tries to steal.

  • What they show on NAT GEO are mere actors, 100% of preppers are sane and above avg. intelligence of sheeps in society.

    The show is for a person, who is still making a decision, is on the fringe but not sure what to do. The main stream interest in prepping is to dilute it with freaks who are mere actors of the elite claiming to be preppers. Its like fake moon landing show, all made in good ol Hollywood..

    • i agree, that show is a joke. Some guy throwing fire balls at a concrete water tank and saying look it survived expositions!

    • noneya business

      What gets me, if these people ARE for real, is why they would be showing everything they were doing, what all they had in weaponry, food and supplies, then broadcasting where they are doing all this at. This is ludicrous, to advertise so everyone knows where to go and what defenses to bypass. IF it’s real, it’s sad to think that there are those who would risk their families future and well being for their need to BRAG. Common sense would tell you this, but then again, it’s not so common anymore.

      • armov

        Too true. Thats why real preppers dont say anything about the stash they have.

  • I guess the ultimate prepper years ago was the boy scout. Want to make fun of scouts. Be my guest. I suggest that would be the end of the show. Scouts take prepper to a science. Even the national motto is “be prepared.”

    I grew up with scouts. I learned basic knots with rope. Used it a lot later in life. If a rope comes apart, you can square knot it together. Then easily get it apart later.

    They taught me to use a pocket knife as well. Can’t have a pocket knife anymore in the schools. Lord knows what they will do with a scout knife.

    We also learned a lot of really great stuff like how to use morse code. I took it one step further and learned American Sign Language. I had a lot of deaf people where I worked. It comes in handy for literate people. Especially if you have loud machinery.

    I wonder though if the government will leave our supplies alone if there is a real emergency?

    You see President Obama and crowd will steal the supplies in the national interest. The executive orders are all ready in place to do just that in an emergency. they were placed into law last year.

    They will write up a neat little paper compensating you for your food. Then give it to the welfare crowd who have saved back nothing. Of course the compensation is worthless.

    So if you are a prepper keep it a deep dark secret. Put the supplies where they are unlikely to look. Your local government is just as bad. I would not trust any of them in an emergency. I think the people on the East Coast just found that out!

    There is a poor man’s generator out there. It transforms dc current into ac. It comes in various sizes. I recommend one with at least 400 watts. You hook it up on your auto battery with the car running. It will run the lights in the house. I have set one up when the power is out on a temporary basis. Some will even run a refrigerator if necessary for a little while. We set it up so we could at least have light at night for a little while. We packed the refrigerator food to a house with power.

    If you can afford it I recommend a generator from Lowes. It uses propane instead of gasoline. Runs around 6-700. The trick is to have enough propane on hand to run it for about a week or two. For a few more hundred you can get a switch that automatically starts power to the house while the utility is down. Then it shuts itself off when the power comes back on.

    In the East Coast disaster they rationed gasoline. You were at the mercy of the government goons. Propane comes in larger tanks and is used to heat homes in the country.

    If a disaster does happen to you, black out the windows with cheaper 1/4 plywood and electric or duck tape. That way no one knows you have power. It also insulates the main heat drain in the house, windows.

    We also keep a windup radio handy. Just in case we need to know what is going on.

    True preppers have about a year’s worth of canned goods on hand. They make me look like an amateur. By the way, a lot of religions preach having supplies for a year as part of their advice to their congregations. I know the mormons do. So do the seventh day adventists. Even the watchtower people preach being a prepper. So it is not just one group of people doing this. I am fairly sure the Amish people also believe in storing up goods for emergencies.

    Don’t look now, but a lot of people believe in taking care of themselves first. That is common sense. The technique of making fun of beliefs is currently used against anyone that believes in UFOs. Yet even though we have no evidence, the point is there are billions of star systems out there in the real universe. The chances of intelligent life being out there is overwhelmingly in favor of it being so. The chance of them contacting us with the immense distances involved is fairly low.

    So if you wanted to make everyone believe the Earth is Flat, ridicule anyone that believes different. And that is exactly what the government does.

    So no surprise they want to do the same thing to the preppers.

    • Yes be prepared but not fanatical.

      • MistahKurtz_HeDead

        Being prepared IS being Fanatical. Not being prepared is being Complacent, and ultimately Dead.

  • I would last well beyond 2 months and I’m not even a prepper…..so many weak people. I also think bashing preppers is mostly due to that new TV show that frankly makes a lot those guys look like tools or what jobs.

  • M

    If preppers are socially selfish for having some emergency supplies, then what does that make the 1%ers who have multimillion dollar bunkers ,laden with goods ? Like say tom cruise and his 10 million dollar bunker in colorado ? Or the people buying million + dollar memberships in silo bunker communities ? Think of those folks would have a little mercy and feed someone ?

    • Chester

      There is nothing wrong with a big bunker if that’s what he can afford. If you’re ao willing to attack the rich…is it wrong if the poor attack you?

      The better prepared we are, the more able we will be able to help those around us. Even if I can only provide for my family, simply not consuming publicly-available resources is a help.

    • Nom Deplume, Esq.

      When I was in trust banking (before law school), I represented a Fortune 500 family. This was in the early 90’s and they had compounds in rural sections of the U.S. and even one in New Zealand. They were part of a diversified portfolio of assets but were also (in the words of my client) intended as lifeboat properties if TSHTF.

    • armov

      They shouldnt have pvt bunkers. Community ones only.

      • Kevin

        why in the world would you say something so stupid. If someone desires to spend their money on a big bunker who are you to say they should not be able to have it? That the socialist attitude that goes along with, someone should not be able to have their own food bunker, it should be distributed to those who have nothing.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    One of the readers sent in the following comment by email…


    Years ago, when I was young, there was a Federal Agency called
    “ Civil Defense “ . It encouraged prepping; insofar as having stocks of canned
    goods and other non-perishables; in case of disasters. Also, back during the
    Cold War and Cuban Missile Crisis, underground “ bomb shelters “ were quite

    As a form of financial management, I’ve ALWAYS bought
    non-perishables, that I normally use, in BULK; when they were on sale. Over the
    years, I’ve saved Big Bucks doing this! However, knowing that the Divided States
    now is in grave peril, I’ve raised this procedure to the highest degree! One is
    living in DENIAL if he ignores the inflation at the stores; as well as the
    downsizing of product containers! Unless he is wealthy, EVERYBODY should be
    doing the same as am I!


  • Syrin

    FEMA runs commercials DAILY telling us to prepare while the DHS then puts people who prepare on a terrorist list. Which Nazi-like gov’t agency do you listen to?

    • liberranter

      None of them, of course.

  • Piet Van Rensing

    load up on nappies (diapers in the U.S.)….once the bunker stinks from human waste, they’ll trade food for your nappies.

  • This will get worse. In a real long term disaster, the local authorities will declare martial law and announce that anyone who is “hoarding” will be arrested and perhaps shot. People who have been reasonably preparing and stocking up for years will be labeled as “illegal hoarders” they will be hunted down, arrested or killed and their materials taken. The only way to really survive is to band together with as many other people in your area and have a plan of mutual support. In colonial times they were called “Committees of Safety”. The British met some of these early “preppers” at Concord and Lexington. The media may start to label
    “preppers” as “gun crazy” so the public won’t mind if there are huge police raids on small families that own a few shotguns. Individuals will be quickly singled out and taken out. Only in numbers will there be safety. Developing connections to the local power structure, emergency management, law enforcement, etc, will help with early warning. Forming a public front group of volunteers who work with the local emergency managers might be helpful. Other than this? If you are a perfectly fit 25 year old with expert knowledge of wilderness survival you could live alone in the middle of nowhere and avoid all contacts with human beings until it’s over. Otherwise…

    • Armov

      Not here. I have bullets to spare.

  • National Geographic peepers is just more cheap reality TV like the History and Discovery Channels.

    I have looked over these peppers beyond the TV hype and find most of then to be unstable in dealing with society and they are also raising children to be anti social misfits.

    Fording up in tin storage container is not defending yourself it’s trapping yourself. Buying old Missile silos that the government is panning off to suckers and then turning the into a highrise is not defending yourself it’s corporate greed. These missile silos were not designed to withstand a chemical attack and can no longer be defended against nuclear attack. Their are no weapons these deluded people can own that makes a threat to our government and when they want to come for you they will and they will win.

    If people would support their constitution instead of spitting on it by electing criminal politicians over and over they would not need to live in fear.

    A people that fears their government live in tyranny, a government that lives in fear of the people is freedom

  • El Pollo de Oro

    Why are preppers disdained by some Americans? Because the truth hurts. Some people would rather hear a romantic narrative than face the ugly truth, and the ugly truth is that The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA) is in deep trouble—probably in even worse trouble than in the 1930s. So are big chunks of Europe. Preppers want to be prepared for this frightening reality, which is threatening to those who expect to hear a lot of romantic, syrupy, pseudo-patriotic nonsense about “American exceptionalism.” The neocon idiots who dislike preppers are the same neocon idiots who describe Gerald Celente, Alex Jones, Chris Hedges, Peter Schiff, John Williams and Dr. Paul Craig Roberts as “alarmists.”

    I’ll give you an example. Two years ago, some imbecile I’ll call The Dumbass Flag-Waving Neocon Freak took offense at this site and another Michael T. Snyder site, The Economic Collapse. As Dumbass Flag-Waving Neocon Freak saw it, talking about how terrible the American economy has become is unpatriotic—and true patriots, in his mind, knew that the American economy was going to come back stronger than ever. Dumbass Flag-Waving Neocon Freak didn’t like Michael’s commentaries, and he didn’t like hearing me say that the former USA is now a Third World banana republic. Neocons don’t like being reminded
    that there’s a “made in China” label on the American flag they bought at the dollar store.

    “When people get hungry and desperate, things get ugly. And I’ll tell you where it’s really going to get ugly: crime is going to go to levels we’ve never seen before.” —Gerald Celente

    “We’re getting ready to face a really big crisis, even bigger than the World War II Generation.” —Alex Jones

    But here we are in Dec. 2012., and we have yet to see the economic miracle that Dumbass Flag-Waving Neocon Freak insisted was right around the corner. We aren’t going to. There will be no economic miracle for the BRA. The misery is only going to get worse………and worse, and worse. So preppers are wise to keep prepping. These are incredibly dark times we’re living in.

    • DB200

      El Pollo, well said. The movement of the direction is downward. I heard that in the first two months of the new fiscal year the cumulative deficit was 290 billion dollars. On a yearly basis makes 1.74 trillion dollars.This is broad day light robbery from the generations after us.

      Where are the MSM and why aren’t they reporting this theft?

  • liberranter

    Why are preppers hated so much? It’s very simple: they’re independent-minded individualists who take responsibility for their own well-being and their own destinies, something that is distinctly out of vogue in today’s brainless, collectivist, ovine Amerika. Also, they serve as reminder to the Amoricon sheeple masses that their days are numbered.

    According to a charging document filed in Washington County District Court, Porter “openly admitted to being a prepper” (as if this was an illegal act in and of itself) a

    Stupid, stupid, STUPID. One should NEVER “admit” publicly to being a prepper (and that idiotic TV show Doomsday Preppers is pure, unadulterated Hollywood BS). It might not be illegal, but it sure as heck is not SMART at all. If Mr. Porter didn’t have the sense to know that already, his “prepping” probably won’t do him a whole lot of good when TSHTF if he doesn’t know how to use simple “common” [yeah, right] sense.


    “Son of man, WHEN the land sins against me by trespassing grievously (great FALLING AWAY), then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it.
    Though these three men, NOAH, DANIEL, and JOB, were in it, they should but deliver their OWN souls by their RIGHTEOUSNESS, says God. NOW THATS PREPPERS THAT WERE HATED!!!


    HERE IS ANOTHER PREPPER WHO WAS HATED HE IS PREPARING A PLACE FOR TRUE BELIEVERS!!!!“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1–3).



    The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins

    25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five werefoolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

    6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

    11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

    13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour[b] in which the Son of Man is coming.

  • Anon

    I think that peppers are wasting their time prepping g for doomsday, but I do think its a good idea to prep, mainly because natural disasters leave many without food water, or power. Having supplies to make it through easier is a good thing. So good on you for being prepared, for disasters, but for doomsday, not so much gonna happen soon.

  • Anon

    U really got a stop HATIN bro

  • Nom Deplume, Esq.

    This is spot on and should be a warning to anyone who preps. As an attorney, I can tell you that I see criminal or civil code violations on every episode of Doomsday Preppers. As a policy analyst, I am aware of the rationale behind antipathy toward preppers. Did you know that prepping has been used as circumstantial evidence to support search warrants for a very long time, even before “prepping” became trendy? Preppers are well advised to couch their activities in normal terms (its a pantry, not a stockpile); not draw attention to themselves; and to be sure to seek legal advice for anything that could remotely bring in the government (e.g., are bunkers permitted under the building or zoning codes?) Even your modest stockpile could be seized under anti-hoarding statutes if TSHTF, so learn the law and how to organize your legal and financial affairs in order to protect your preps, your assets, and your liberty.

  • Vasid

    Wouldn’t you say there’s something negative to be said about a group of people who’s response to difficulties in politics and cultural issues is, instead of attempting to work with people in their community and government to mend these things, to start planning for it all to collapse?

    There is nothing wrong with preparing for the worst, but at a certain point I can’t help but feel like part of this prepper culture is a mildly active desire for the world to fall apart.

    Become part of the solution, because seculsion is already a big enough part of the problem.

    • kevin

      Take the glasses off and look at the real world. Those in charge are NOT asking our opinions. Those in charge are trying their darndest to keep us from finding out what they are doing behind closed doors. I an run around all day and put out the facts I know and it is not going to change their mind and only get me noticed so that if something does happen I would be one of those who are looked for. Paranoid, not with the government now having the ability to hold an American indefinitely without an attorney and without probable cause. We are going to be better off if the system does collapse, unfortunately I dont know if it will get to that point but those in power are not giving up without one hell of a fight.

  • Jim B

    I think they bash them because they are generally stupid and people do not like stupid people.

  • JohnO

    Here in Australia… Preppers are also victimised, I always believe that you should keep a few weeks of tinned/preserved food in the pantry at the best of times! It is just common sense.

    The main thing though is water, I’m looking at putting in a 20,000 ltr tank (not sure what that is in Gallons) under the house to store drinkable water (or drinkable after treatment). During a real disaster it is WATER that people run out of first.

    I also have a chemical toilet, but worst case.. dig a latrine trench, hardly the most comfortable thing to use but… gets the job done.

    I have medicine, food, supplies etc. Main thing is NOT TO TELL PEOPLE what you are doing.

    This sounds selfish, but the last thing you need is word getting around that you’ve got a stash of supplies on you.

    Remember…Noah was a prepper… look what happened to the people that laughed at him and his ‘big crazy boat’.

  • janey1113

    Who came up with the figure of 3 million preppers? There are 15 million Mormons and they are taught from the get go,
    they are to have a years supply of food.