We have all heard of them, Preppers. There was even a TV show about them. They think that one day the world as we know it is going to collapse in one way or another and are preparing for this day. They are preparing by buying food and supplies, creating a bug out plan with a bug out bag, in case they need to leave their house, and making sure they have shelter for when that day comes. Sounds crazy, right? Well, maybe not so much.
Now I am not saying I believe there will be a zombie apocalypse or an EMP that will destroy all electronics and change life as we know it. But, things do happen. Disasters happen daily all over the world. Floods, forest fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunami’s, just to name a few. Those are just natural disasters that some areas of the world deal with on a regular basis. What about political disasters? Government collapse, people fight, we are so dependent on the rest of the world for our resources.
Climate change has caused the occurrence of natural disasters to be more frequent and more severe. Just lately storms like Harvey and Irma, in Texas and Florida, have been causing people to have to leave their homes. Also wildfires are occurring more and more, due to dry summers. People had to leave their homes to be save. I saw some great posts in different groups on Facebook in which people were opening up their homes to people (and sometimes animals). This is something to consider more and more though, do you have a plan? Especially if you are in an area where this natural disasters occur, where will you go and what will you do with your animals? And if you have nowhere to go (or choose not to go) what can you do to protect yourself, your family, and your animals from the elements?
There are also personal disasters that we need to consider, like the loss of an income or health issues. Theses are things that can happen to anyone, at any time. We need to prepare, make sure we have some money stashed away, and plenty of food on hand. Who will take care of our children or your farm if something happens to us?
These are things that have been on my mind a lot. A major disaster may not happen here, we live in Germany and besides a small earthquake, natural disasters are a rare event. I am not afraid of a zombie apocalypse or even an EMP. But we are vulnerable to personal disasters, and need to have a plan and be prepared.
So I think prepping makes sense, for everybody. Prepping is not just about stocking your pantry full of food. It is about having plans in place, just in case. We never know what the future holds.
Have you prepped for disasters? Either natural or personal? Or maybe something totally different? How are you preparing?