When you enter into the preparedness lifestyle, there is usually one primary threat that spurs you to embrace this new way of thinking. Maybe you are a practical prepper, focusing on supplies in case of sudden job loss or a family financial emergency. Maybe you watch the evening news and feel really unsettled about foreign affairs so you are prepping in case of nuclear war. Perhaps you live in an area prone to wildfires or tornadoes, so you are prepping just in case disaster hits in your neighborhood. We want to know why preparedness is a priority for your family and what exactly you are prepping for! Here is a closer look at some of the most common reasons that people start prepping.
Historically, we can look back at the Great Depression and see how an economic collapse can drastically alter the way people live. Many people fear that we are nearing another age of economic collapse with national debt at an all time high and no practical way to reverse course without sustaining major damage.
Disease epidemics can wipe out entire communities and even in today’s world of modern medicine, some diseases could still pose a dangerous threat. Some preppers fear an outbreak of ebola, cholera, or even the flu. This year’s outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, has sent fear flying around the world as it has already caused more than 170 deaths in 18 countries.
The vast majority of beginning preppers are focused on personal emergencies. Maybe you choose to stock up on extra food supplies just in case you lose your job. Unemployment is at an all time high and many families are already relying on their stored food supplies to make up for the lower grocery budgets and the rising food costs.
Weather related prepping seems to represent a large part of the preparedness community’s motivation. For those that live on major fault lines, earthquakes pose a real threat. Others worry about damaging tornadoes, floods, or wildfires. For families that live on the coast, hurricane preparedness is really a normal part of life. Are you focused on weather disasters as you prep for the unexpected?
There are some preppers that worry about the earth’s poles shifting, suddenly plunging parts of the earth into another ice age. While a pole shift seems like a scientific improbability, there is real data to support the theory that the earth’s magnetic poles are gradually shifting and an ever increasing rate.
An electromagnetic pulse could take down the power grid in a matter of seconds. This is not just a matter of science fiction and it has recently caused a stir even among lawmakers in the United States. Activists warn that an EMP would drastically end life as we know it and would result in massive loss of life. This is one of the scariest, yet most realistic scenarios that occupy the attention of many preppers around the world.
Nuclear weaponry is more advanced than ever before and some of the today’s nuclear warheads could do damage that makes Hiroshima looks like child’s play. With so much political unrest between the nations of the world, a lot of people expect that it’s only a matter of time before nuclear war is inevitable.
What About You?
Is there one particular threat that you focus on as a prepper? Are you primarily interested in preparedness just to be self-sufficient or do you worry about a major disaster putting your family at risk? We want to hear from you! Leave a comment today and share why you started prepping and what motivates you on this journey.