Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info

Preparedness goes mainstream with growing movement of "preppers"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: preparedness, movement, health news

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
(NaturalNews) A movement of people calling themselves the "preppers" is becoming increasingly visible on the Internet as fears over food and energy insecurity and other forms of social instability feed a growing desire to prepare for the worst.

"No one can predict the future, but our economy sure isn't what it used to be," said Stephen Bedford, whose wife runs the web site The Survival Mom. "We can't afford to live like it's still 2005."

Other prepper web sites include blogs, podcasts such as DoctorPrepper and PrepperPodcast, and even a web television portal called Prepper TV. YouTube videos abound claiming to teach viewers how to build their own fallout shelters or earthquake-proof their food stores, or instructing them which firearms to purchase to prepare for catastrophe. Forums discussing these and other topics have also popped up across the Web.

Some preppers focus on purchasing all the supplies they could possibly need to survive any foreseeable calamity, such as a one-year supply of freeze-dried food from Costco for $999.

"Some things like food, we use all the time and then replace them, because it is the lifestyle we choose," said Gary Hartley of the U.S. Prepper Networks. "I would be extremely happy if some of my preps never got used. I'd pass them on to my son and be even happier if he never had to use them."

"Remember this," he said. "It is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Not prepping is an unwise decision."

Other preppers, like Tom Martin of the American Preppers Network, focus on learning survival skills instead.

"I spend more time learning skills, tips and ideas than I do money on equipment," he said. "Survival is an instinct; preparedness is not. Preparedness has to be learned."

Whatever the approach, preppers are united in the belief that the system cannot be relied upon to keep them safe.

"In my opinion, it is more about taking personal responsibility for yourself and your family and being more self-reliant and less dependent on outside sources in an emergency," Hartley said.

Sources for this story include: http://www.asylum.com/2010/05/19/preppers-a-....
STAY INFORMED! Free subscription to the Health Ranger's email newsletter
Get breaking news alerts on GMOs, fluoride, superfoods, natural cures and more...
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.