Thoughts on the Future of Prepping

The mass media sometimes (OK, often) portray preppers as if we were amassing a large amount of supplies to prepare for an event that is never going to happen. And maybe there are some extreme examples of over-preparation by the smallest sliver of a percent of preppers. But the vast majority of preppers are vindicated, to some extent, whenever some disaster, of the type for which we all prepare, affects a large population.

Superstorm Sandy received much attention on various prepping blogs as it was approaching the Northeast. In advance, many of us were warning of possible dire consequences. And that is exactly what happened. It was a superstorm, and it did cause a vast catastrophe. Many thousands of persons are still suffering from its effects. Those who prepared were better off than those who did not. That bug-out bag is no longer just a dust magnet. Superstorm Sandy has proven that bug-out bags are very useful. Many persons had to abandon their homes quickly, in advance of that storm.

The possibility of an ammunition shortage was also discussed on Prep-Blog (When the SHTF will there be an Ammunition Shortage?) and other prepping websites, well in advance of the current ammo and gun shortage we are now facing. If you prepared and bought plenty of ammunition, and whatever guns you saw fit to buy, in advance, you were better off than those who did not prepare. Another vindication for the point of view that values Prudent and Reasonable Emergency Preparedness.

What does the near future hold for Prepping? Every small or large disaster further shows the benefits of being well-prepared. I continue to notice an increase in readership at Prep-Blog.com as well as a sharp spike in the number of new prepping blogs, websites, and vendors. I believe that eventually, Prepping will go mainstream. It will become the norm, rather than an eyebrow-raising exception.

The possible/probable disasters for 2013 are already visible on the horizon, if you care to look closely enough. Economic problems continue to gather, like dark clouds before a storm. But will it be an economic superstorm? Perhaps. The debt ceiling, overspending by Congress, high unemployment, economic problems in other nations, all threaten to break out in a torrential rainstorm: recession, depression, or partial economic collapse — take your pick.

I continue to post on one particular subject, that is not given much attention on other prepping blogs: the U.S. drought. Here’s the situation as of late January 2013:

Drought is still encompassing most of the continental U.S. It has been that way since summer of 2012. And prior to that date, going back to mid-2010, there was still a drought, just a much less extensive one. Here’s what the nation looked like three years ago, before the drought hit:

The USDA is predicting higher food prices due to the effects of the summer 2012 drought. If it continues much longer, the effects will be much worse. The summer drought affected corn, soy, and livestock (fed on corn and soy). The winter drought is affecting winter wheat.

Regardless of which disasters, small or large, strike next, being well-prepared for real-world disasters is proof positive that prepping is useful and reasonable. I expect that 2013 will see more disasters, of one kind or another. And at each step of the way, more persons will see the reasonableness of prepping. Eventually, preppers will no longer be a small minority of the population. Being well-prepared (even if it is not called “prepping”) will become the norm, rather than the exception. And those who do not prep are going to find themselves caught without the means needed to deal with whatever difficulty should happen to occur in their area of the nation or the world.

– Thoreau

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