Category: preppers


Source: CBS

Tornadoes, hurricanes, even a terrorist attack … we most certainly live in uncertain times.

But if disaster, or even just temporary disruption, strikes, are you ready for anything?

CBS 2’s Dana Tyler reports on how most hope for the best, but others are preparing for the worst.

It’s a movement sweeping the nation — people getting prepared.

Tahnee Bodden, 35, said she wants to be ready for anything. Her goal is to stock her Manhattan apartment with a year’s worth of food.

“I’ve got peanut butter … beans … soups,” she said. “Things that you can eat easily out of a can.”

Bodden calls herself a “prepper.” She’s part of a growing group of people honing their survival skills, preparing for any kind of disasters. However, she’s not a stereotypical survivalist.

“It’s clear I don’t fit that mold. A lot of people when they think of survivalists will think of mountain men. Prepping or emergency preparedness is basic common sense,” Bodden said.

For Bodden, Hurricane Katrina made a major impact. She started prepping shortly after.

“It was just shocking. No food. No water. You know, waving their arms, pleading for help and it just wasn’t coming,” Bodden said.

Whether it’s a natural disaster like last week’s New York City tornadoes or a terrorist attack, preppers are simply taking matters into their own hands. They want to be ready to survive any calamity.

“What will I do? How will I feed my family if our power is out?” Lisa Bedford said.

Bedford is a blogger known online as the “The Survival Mom.”

“I won’t ever be sitting there wondering when someone is coming to help me with food and water,” Bedford said.

So she packs her car with emergency gear and stocks her pantry … just in case.

Bedford preserves preserve food and purifies her own water. She evens shows other women how to bake in a solar oven.

“This really is about trying to exert control over things we don’t have control over — but we want to get a little bit og control over,” said Columbia University professor Dr. Drew Ramsey.

“It doesn’t have to be something major as power. It could be a track fire on the subway and all of a sudden you can’t get home,” Derek Murawsky said.

For Murawsky, 9/11 changed everything. Now the 29-year-old I-T manager is stockpiling supplies in his Queens home. He’s even grinding his own wheat to make flour.

“It’s definitely something you don’t see every day in the city,” Murawsky said.

Murawsky carries extra gear every day in his work bag. All of his personal information is stored on a flash drive.

And like many preppers he keeps a separate bag that holds the essentials he’d need if he had to evacuate.

“Grab it and go and you’ve got you’ve got everything you need to set up shop someplace else for a couple of days,” Murawsky said.

Ramsey said prepping is positive as long as it doesn’t consume your life.

“Does this interfere with work functions? Does it interfere with your ability to have relationships? Are your fears warranted in reality?” Ramsey said.

New Jersey farmer Linda Grinthal helps people take control and fend for themselves in case of catastrophe.

“People don’t inherently know anymore how to keep themselves alive,” Grinthal said.

Grinthal teaches survival gardening. She said she’s worried about the breakdown of our food supply.

“It’s good to know how to counter that,” she said.

“It seems to me to be a healthy response to anxiety. It’s doing something,” Dr. Ramsey said.

“Better to have and not need than to need and not have,” Bodden added.

And the preppers believe the time to make a plan is now.

September is National Preparedness Month. A good start is to keep a one-week supply of food and water on hand. That’s 14 2-liter-sized bottles for each person in your family. And don’t forget the pets.

Source: Myfoxtwincities

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 Prepper.org , 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.”

Source: The Denver Channel

Being ready for a major disaster is no longer the realm solely of Montana militiamen hidden in the mountains.The shaky economy and recent catastrophes are fueling a growing movement of soft-core survivalists, who could just be your next-door neighbors.If there were ever a disaster of any type in Frederick, Colo., the Douglas home is probably where you’d want to be

“From the outside looking in, nobody could really know,” said Ron Douglas.Ron and Heather Douglas and their six children are new members of a growing online network getting ready for the worst, the Colorado Preppers Network.Is it paranoia?”We don’t think so. We think we’re very normal,” said Ron.They point out that post-Hurricane Katrina, the government was criticized for not delivering food and water fast enough.”Even in Colorado, a couple of years ago, we had three or four feet of snow. People couldn’t leave their house,” said Ron. “We had neighbors that didn’t have enough food for three days.”But the Douglas family were preppers when preppers weren’t cool, starting years ago with 72-hour emergency kits for everyone in the family.Every child has a backpack filled with food, water and supplies for three days in case they needed to leave in a hurry.For staying home, they have three month’s water supply, a year’s worth of oil changes and a winter season worth of wood for their wood-burning stove.Their food pantry rivals a grocery store, with enough food to feed eight people for a year.”It can start as simple as just buying a few extra things at the grocery store when you’re there,” said Heather.They also stock up from their backyard garden.”I really like to can,” said Heather. “And so when we can grow a lot of it ourselves, it makes it so they eat more nutritious food, and we also can put it up and save money.”All this prepping has already paid off, Ron said.”I was off-roading in our vehicles, and I got stuck, and I was way out there,” said Ron. “I had the whole family with me.”The car’s emergency preparedness kit came in handy — the family camped, while dad hiked to get help.”I think it’s our responsibility to be prepared for circumstances that happen in our lives,” said Ron.They’re no survivalists. They live in the suburbs.But they say the Preppers movement is the reason they can feel carefree.”I think there’s some sense of freedom that comes with being independent and relying on yourself for things. I don’t think it could come any other way,” said Heather.The Preppers also recommend a financial reserve supply of at least three month’s living expenses in case you lose your job.

CITY PREPPERS

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Preppers in the news

Peoria mom is doing her best to prepare for the worst.

Lisa Bedford appears to be your average stay-at-home mom of two, driving her kids to archery practice in an SUV and selling Pampered Chef kitchen tools on the side. She hollers for 10-year-old Olivia and Andrew, 8, to come to the table and do math problems while she mills wheat to make her own bread. Dad is at work, and the family’s four dogs, one cat and the turtle in a glass aquarium are napping.

It’s Bedford’s T-shirt that gives her away: “Survival is a mom’s job,” it says. The T’s are for sale on her Web site, thesurvivalmom.com, where she gives practical advice on preparing families for the worst.

Bedford began stockpiling canned food, laundry detergent and toilet paper almost two years ago, converting a spare bedroom into a giant pantry. The silver shelves are stocked better than a convenience store, with pyramids of canned food, sacks of rice and wheat, and boxes of cereal, oatmeal and pasta.

All four family members know how to shoot guns, and they practice regularly at the shooting range. And in the back of her SUV is a 72-hour emergency kit – a plastic container filled with power bars and beef jerky, blankets, medicine, tools, water-purification kit and flashlights. She knows how to get out of the city in a hurry, using old country roads instead of what would likely be crowded freeways.

“If we ever have to bug out, we’re ready,” Bedford says. She even has the kids’ textbooks downloaded on her Kindle.

‘General uneasiness’

The 49-year-old woman isn’t one of those wacky people with a bunker in the backyard who thinks the world is coming to an end. The only camouflage in sight is Olivia’s headband. Bedford worries more about the fallout of a shaky economy than about a terrorist attack, civil unrest or a natural disaster.

“I just feel a general uneasiness about what is happening in the world today,” she says.

And no, she says, she’s not a Mormon; she attends a non-denominational church. (Some religious groups, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have long recommended that members store a year’s worth of food and supplies, not only in the event of an emergency but also for hard times.)

Her husband, Stephen, works as an electrical contractor. These days, jobs are fewer and farther between. Lisa, a former teacher, homeschools her children and, before the economy turned sour, booked as many as eight home parties a month to sell kitchen gear. Bookings now, however, have dropped to two or three a month.

Lisa has friends who have lost their jobs and homes. And seeing how the government handled Hurricane Katrina in 2005, she didn’t think she could depend on anyone but herself to help her family in the event of a disaster.

She’s not anti-government: “Just because I have a lot of soup stored up is not an indictment of President Obama.” An American flag flies outside her home.

If she lived back East, she’d be preparing for snowstorms. In Florida, she’d get ready for hurricanes. In Arizona, she worries most about a prolonged power outage in the summer. The more she talks, the more sense she makes. Would you have flashlights and enough batteries on hand? Propane gas for cooking?

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Global economic meltdown, mass natural disasters, pandemics… Whatever the apocalyptic scenario, “preppers” are ready for it. Lamps made from potatoes, toilet paper from cloth, toothpaste from glycerin and… lots of Spam.

It’s no surprise that the trend, known as “survivalism”, was born in the United States, where the principle of self-reliance is one of the founding values of society. Convinced that disaster could strike when we least expect it, the most prudent of US citizens are preparing for the worst.

One self-described “prepper” explains the reason for his lifestyle change to emergency “survivalism” on his website: “In May of last year, I had an epiphany: bad times lay ahead. I accurately predicted the current financial crisis back then, and with my new-found knowledge, I don’t see much hope for recovery any time soon. I’ve learned that our “global economy” is nothing more than a great Ponzi/pyramid scheme, and I’ve come to realise that the only way to insulate one’s self from the collapse of that scheme is to prepare for self reliant living.”

“Preppers” use the Web to share warnings, tips and do-it-yourself instructions for making everything from toothpaste to cloth female hygiene pads.

Most see owning a gun to defend their stockpile as a natural part of being prepared, and are staunch advocates of the right to bear arms. Women “preppers” are experts at stockpiling year-long supplies of food, and come up with ingenious recipes for cooking with anything canned, frozen or dehydrated.

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