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Who are the “Preppers”? They are prepared.

That’s what the prepper movement is about, being prepared for the world to end.

According to Asylum , the group’s men and women are prepared for when disaster strikes. It doesn’t matter if the disaster is natural, nuclear or economic.

According to , the idea is to prepare for any change in normal circumstance while not relying on other people or outside resources.

The American Preppers Network links preppers to blogs, videos and pod casts. The site promotes a software program called Depiction that lets users use their home computer or laptop and map out a disaster plan for events ranging anywhere from a flood or a forest fire to a terrorist attack.

Squidoo offers links to other preparedness tools such as a preppers pantry general store that sells dehydrated food and other food storage items and food preparedness products, a 72-hour survival kit and a survivalists book store.

Lisa Bedford, a prepper interviewed by Newsweek , is described as the “stereotypical soccer mom.” She has a white Tahoe SUV, she sells Pampered Chef kitchen tools and likes to bake. She and her husband have two young children and four dogs.

Newsweek reported that about a year ago she began to stockpile canned food and turned a spare bedroom into storage space. Her trunk has a 72-hour emergency kit including iodine, beef jerky, emergency blankets and a blood-clotting agent.

She has learned how to use a handgun and takes her youngest children, 7 and 10, to target practice.

Her motivation? According to Newsweek it was the economic collapse. She saw friends lose everything and thought about how the government may respond to a future disaster.

“We never set out to build a bunker to protect ourselves from nuclear fallout; I have no idea how to camp in the wild,” she said. “But as all of this stuff started hitting closer to home, we (wanted) to take some steps to safeguard ourselves.”