Convincing Friends and Family to Prep

If you are a long-time prepper, you know that reactions to prepping vary. I suppose some people think that preppers are just a little eccentric, while others see us as full blown doomsday survivalists. It’s tough to change perceptions in society at large. But your friends and family know you, so you have an opportunity there to influence their thinking on the subject.

I suggest talking about prepping when the occasion arises.

If there is a news story about some natural disaster, you might mention your specific preps in that area. I wouldn’t throw the whole prepping perspective at them all at once. Natural disasters do happen, from time to time, and you can’t really prevent them. So preparing is the only reasonable response. Often, the reaction is that some particular natural disaster hasn’t happened here in a long time. Well, do you think that natural disasters no longer happen, or that your region of the world is suddenly immune? No, of course not. It is inevitable, so prepping is useful. Once the disaster happens, it may be too late to rush to the store.

Sometimes you can raise the subject of prepping by recounting your own experiences. For example, the last time there was a power outage, you could mention how you used your preps to cook food or have sufficient lighting, etc. Or if you needed to use your first aid kit, you could talk about preparing for medical problem — and how our current health care system is rather fragile.

Conversations on politics or economics presents another opportunity to raise the subject. Aside from natural disasters, perhaps the most common human-initiated disaster would be caused by poor political decisions. For government, it’s very difficult to improve the economy, and very easy to ruin it. I consider economic disaster to be among the most likely severe disasters that can occur. And everyone has an opinion on the economy. Prepping is a good way to mitigate the harm that could result from an economic catastrophe.

Another approach is to raise the subject out of the blue.

Don’t be preachy. No one likes that. Talk about your own experiences with prepping. Hopefully, you have some interesting stories to tell. Otherwise, you can mention stories in the news, that pertain to prepping, or stories from various prepping websites and books. A story is easier to relate to than a discussion of abstract ideas.

Reactions vary. Don’t expect too much. Just plant the seed of the prepping idea. Eventually, it may take root and your friend or family member will seek more information and eventually, perhaps, they will join us as preppers.

– Thoreau

2 Responses to Convincing Friends and Family to Prep

  1. Chances are the person you are trying to convince will end the conversation with telling you that now they know where to come when the shtf.

  2. I agree with Janie … I live in So Cal … Right along a couple major fault lines … I’ve tried explaining to family and friends that it is a good idea to have enough prepared for major outages following a major quake … It’s a no go … Too expensive, takes up too much room, etc …