Being a Prepper Doesn’t Mean You Have To Be Anti-Social

Maybe it’s just the latent Boy Scout in me, but I’m getting more and more into being prepared.

The back of my car is full of gear for all kinds of situations: traffic cones, a toolbox, a safety vest, jumper cables, extra engine oil, a waterproof bag, a fly fishing rod, some first aid supplies, a LifeStraw water filter, socket wrenches, and various other random items.

All of this has been a slow build, more fun and optional than of necessity. But now with the likely widespreading of coronavirus here in the US (which is likely to put major pressure on supply chains and medical facilities), I’m starting to think I should take prepping more seriously.

There’s a stigma that comes with being a “prepper” though, and I feel it when I shop for supplies: that I’m going to become that guy who sits on a hoard of supplies while everyone else around me suffers. Preppers are widely viewed as paranoid, miserly, and coldhearted. This same stigma probably keeps a lot of people from prepping, even though they probably should be prepping.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

If you struggle with the idea of sitting in your bunker while the world burns, then approach prepping from a different angle. You want to have enough food and medicines and enough survival skill in part because you want to be useful when a crisis does come. Only a prepared person can offer help to the people they love.

When you consider that some of the worst-case scenarios from disease or war or economic meltdown could hurt or kill your loved ones, you can start to find some serious motivation to prepare. Waiting out a storm is a lot less exciting than fighting to help save as many people as you can. Buy that food, put together a game plan with your friends and family, and learn as much as you can about how to help (helping yourself before helping others is fine – it’s recommended).

Don’t be a lonely prepper. Don’t be a panicked member of the unprepared herd. Do what you can to be a protector and a provider in times of crisis. If you die, you won’t die alone. But if you live, you will get to live knowing you didn’t shrink from a challenge.

James Walpole

James Walpole is a writer, startup marketer, and perpetual apprentice. You're reading his blog right now, and he really appreciates it. Don't let it go to his head, though.

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