Modern day preppers are often seen as crazy, doomsday-seekers who are planning for the zombie apocalypse. It may be surprising to learn that the majority of preppers are normal everyday people who are simply ensuring the safety of themselves and their families in the event of emergency.
Myths and Misconceptions about Prepping
Several common misconceptions steer people away from stocking up on supplies and knowledge to help increase survival odds in the event of disaster. Debunking these myths will leave you more open-minded to and understanding of the prepping lifestyle.
1. Prepping is too expensive.
One of the biggest misconceptions about being prepared is that it takes a lot of money to build up a stock of supplies. The thought of spending so much money on an event that may or may not occur holds many people back from creating their emergency kit.
This myth, however, stems from not having enough knowledge about prepping and the opposite is true. By buying products in bulk, groceries can actually become less expensive over time.
2. I only need a small emergency kit.
The most dangerous myth about prepping is that survival is possible with a basic 72-hour kit. The reality, however, is that reaching more supplies or help can become a struggle in an emergency.
Having a meager three day supply will not be sufficient unless the emergency can be quickly resolved. Even natural disasters can leave victims suffering for weeks.
3. Preparedness would be taught in school if it was important.
Although modern education has provided immeasurable benefits, it is not all encompassing. Many basic skills necessary for life are not taught in school such as how to prepare proper meals, how to care for our young, and how to care for ourselves. Relying on school alone to prepare us for life would leave the majority struggling with basic life tasks.
4. I can get the information I need from the internet.
With the widespread use of the internet, people have become accustomed to searching for a question and receiving an answer instantaneously.
The internet does provide a wealth of information concerning preparedness but the accuracy of the information is not guaranteed. More importantly, in the event of a disaster the internet will likely not be an available resource.
5. The government will help.
When looking at historical situations where prepping would be beneficial, we see a common theme of relying on the government, FEMA, or other emergency agencies to bail out the majority.
A glaring example of government inefficiency is shown by the unfolding of events after Hurricane Katrina. Not only did the Mayor neglect to order a city-wide evacuation, but volunteers and help were delayed for days due to government red tape.
The government actually caused more of a problem than a solution, delaying volunteers, the restoration of power, and the arrival of much needed supplies (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/81957.html).
6. Prepping takes up too much space.
Many people are pushed away from the idea of prepping because they believe they lack the necessary storage for supplies.
You don’t need a huge bunker or garage to store your items, a small area you likely already have is more than sufficient. Much of your stock should be condensed into movable units anyway in case of the need for evacuation.
7. Prepping takes too much time.
Envisioning preparing for a doomsday situation or even a serious natural disaster can be overwhelming. At first glance, it would seemingly take serious dedication and skill to acquire the necessary knowledge and supplies.
To put it in perspective, a few hours a month is really all that is required to ensure your safety in the event of an emergency.
8. I can live off of what nature provides.
The notion that mankind had survived for thousands of years before supermarkets by living off of nature leads many to believe that surviving outdoors is manageable.
It must be taken into account that past man’s ‘nature’ is widely different from today’s world. Unless a national park is nearby, the reality is that food in the form of wild animals and fresh, clean drinking water are probably miles away from your neighborhood. Additionally, living off the land was not as easy as history may lead one to believe.
The first American colony, Jamestown, was founded with 104 colonists. After the first winter, only 38 settlers remained (http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/pds/amerbegin/settlement/text1/text1read.htm).
9. I can survive with my current knowledge.
Modern society puts an emphasis on more advanced and complicated knowledge rather than basic survival skills. In the event of disaster, however, the later becomes significantly more valuable than the ability to solve algebraic equations.
Survival skills as basic as finding food, water, and shelter are not something that can simply be read and repeated. Execution of these skills is vital.
10. Preppers must be outdoorsmen.
After realizing the skills that are necessary to survive outdoors, many tend to assume that preppers must be expert survivalists.
On the contrary, most prepping is done by building up food and water supplies.
11. Prepping is for the apocalypse.
Preppers are often associated with the idea of doomsday.
Prepping, however, is not only for the zombie apocalypse or nuclear fallout situations. Preparing can mean the difference between life and death in something as common as a tornado or hurricane.
12. Being a prepper makes me anti-government.
Ensuring your safety by being prepared in no way implies an anti-government stance.
Most preppers are ordinary people with ordinary political views, who simply acknowledge that the government may not always be available to support and supply them.
13. Prepping is just a trend right now.
Prepping is far from just a passing trend. Preparing for disasters, long winters, and times without supplies was historically commonplace.
In fact, it was necessary in order to survive. Our ancestors did not have the convenience of supermarkets, cars, or the internet to instantaneously provide for them. It would be more accurate to say that our modern lifestyle is a trend.
14. Prepping is an individualistic conquest.
Though the main goal of being prepared is to ensure your personal safety, it is important to point out that the majority of people will not be prepared when disaster hits. Taking this into account, your preparation can help save many more lives than just your own.