I have a confession to make: I am a prepper. I tend to keep that to myself, because of the connotation that carries for most people. A lot of the time when someone hears the word prepper, they immediately think of the bunker building, gold hoarding, crazy person who thinks the world is going to break in half that they saw on TV. Those people are out there, and they probably need to be on some medication.
Prepping for Real Disaster
Personally, I prepare for things that might actually happen in the real world rather than on Hollywood’s big screen, and I think everyone should. Even FEMA recommends this. I don’t believe the world is suddenly going to fall into catastrophe, or the magnetic poles will suddenly switch one day (though I’m not entirely sure what people think that would cause). I am certain, however, that the next time it snows here in Alabama everyone will lose their freaking minds and forget how to drive.
I don’t want to be on the roads with those people, so I always keep a few days’ worth of extra food at the house. Also, given Alabama weather patterns, it will probably happen on a mild sunny day, so I always make sure to have a change of warm clothes handy. I also know that if a single snowflake touches my powerline I will lose power for the foreseeable future. Since we have all electric appliances, we make sure to have plenty of blankets, firewood, and a gas grill with plenty of propane.
Does any of this sound crazy to you? Of course not. Reasonable preparedness should be a part of everyone’s plans. If your home has an emergency, you are the first responder. I know some of you are thinking to yourself, “the government/Red Cross/FEMA will come help us.” Ask someone from New Orleans how that worked out during Hurricane Katrina.