Wednesday, January 12, 2011
"In a disaster, that food will be gone in less than a day, and if you don't have food stored up, you'll be stuck, says Martin, who is one of a growing number of "preppers," or people who are prepping for large-scale disaster. The American Preppers Network, an online forum Martin started in 2009 that quickly grew to 4000 members in nearly all 50 states"
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Friday, May 7, 2010
MECHANICSBURG, CUMBERLAND COUNTY - Most people fear the moment when disaster strikes and most people are not prepared for the moment it does.
Karen Kirk is a "Prepper" that makes a point of preparing for things like natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other crises. Read More...
Monday, April 26, 2010
Prepping for the Worst
By JON RUTTER, Staff Writer
"Candles and wood."
It's Deb Giffin's mantra.
The Manor Township woman doesn't want to give up her dishwasher or her fridge.
But, she said, disaster could strike. Civilization shouldn't count on always having those cushy things. So she's laying away supplies for a rainy day.
She's started to fill the pantry of her suburban home with canned pineapple juice, beans and high-energy snacks.
She has fastened a large kerosene lamp to the wall of her living room. She has hand tools galore, a fireplace and bundles of wood from a home-improvement store.
She has an emergency pack in case she needs to clear out.
"I have flashlights that are the crank style" and don't need batteries, said Giffin, 54.
She also has plenty of company.
Emergency preparedness is growing into an American subculture that some adherants claim is bigger than the tea party movement.
Giffin and others share gardening and survival tips on blogs like The Survival Mom. They belong to groups such as the American Preppers Network, launched 16 months ago by 32-year-old Idaho truck driver Tom Martin.
The thousands of daily hits on americanpreppersnetwork.com will cease, of course, if there's a monster storm or economic collapse. But one goal of prepping is to get society ready for such events.
The message isn't always welcome, as Giffin knows.
"My daughter busts on me about being a doomsday person," Giffin said. Giffin contends she's just being practical.
Either way, the prepper demographic contrasts starkly with the secretive, backwoods bunker survivalists of the 1970s and '80s.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Prepping covers a wide range of topics from homesteading and gardening, to emergency preparedness and disaster skills, to alternative energy and even survivalism and off-grid living. All of these topics have one thing in common: Self-Reliance. Joe is a great writer and believer in the concept of self-reliance. In his writings he covers the survival and patriotic topics real well, and I believe he should have the light shown upon him for his efforts and contributions to teach others these valuable skills.
I do want to point out one line in the video that David said in the interview that I'm sure some will try to take out of context to further their own biased agenda. He mentioned something about being "forced to kill" I want everyone to think about this for a moment because it is a very real statement if you understand the context. In any major disaster you will find out that the best always comes out of humanity in order to help our fellow man and to eventually rebuild afterward. But unfortunately, you will find out that when people are hungry, the worst will also come out. In extreme times of need, good people sometimes do bad things. This is what David was referring to. Those who fail to prepare will find themselves hungry and thirsty during a disaster. If it is a prolonged disaster with no relief in sight, these unprepared individuals will be forced to make decisions that they never would have thought to make. Survival is an instinct. Preparedness is not. If you are not prepared, your instinct to survive will kick in. Natural instinct is often times more powerful than the strongest human will. Try to hold your breath until you pass out. Most people cannot do it, period. Your instinct to breathe will take over and overpower your will. If someone is suffocating you, your instinct will be to fight with all your might. If you have a gun or a knife, you will use it to survive. Now apply that to hunger. It has happened many times throughout history during disasters or extreme situations where good people have done horrible things just in order to eat. Now imagine yourself as someone who is prepared and had your food stored and you find yourself at knife-point by someone who is willing to kill you for your food. There have been many situations where people have had to make the choice to kill or be killed.
Now imagine, if you would, a situation where the majority of people have taken it upon themselves to get prepared and stored adequate amounts of food and water and where that instinct to do whatever it takes to eat doesn't even come into play. What you get is a situation where no matter the disaster, your instinct to fight to live doesn't override your will to do the right thing. What you get is a situation where people can work together to rebuild and not fight to survive.
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Over the past decade, the US has seen its fair share of disasters and from terror attacks to financial collapse many people are now on edge.
As a result, some are taking matters into their own hands and joining a group known as "preppers."
The BBC's Madeline Morris has gone to see what the growing movement is all about
By Madeleine Morris
If there was ever a major disaster in northern Virginia, Chuck Izzo's house is Greenville is where you would want to be.
Tucked away in his pantry are enough tinned food and water to last for two months.
In the basement an inverter hums quietly, charging batteries that could easily power most of his three-storey home's lights and appliances for nine hours.
And for when that runs out, he has a wood-burning stove with a two-month supply of fuel pellets so he can cook and heat the whole house.
Mr Izzo is a "prepper", one of a growing number of Americans who are preparing their homes and families to survive a major disaster they believe could arrive at any time.
by Karina Bland
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.
Photo by Jud Burkett, The Spectrum.com
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."
Recession and the constant threat of terrorist attacks have given new life to the ingrained survivalist instinct
Paul Harris in New York
Tess Pennington, 33, is a mother of three children, and lives in the sprawling outskirts of Houston, Texas. But she is not taking the happy safety of her suburban existence lightly.
Like a growing army of fellow Americans, Pennington is learning how to grow her own food, has stored emergency rations in her home and is taking courses on treating sickness with medicinal herbs.
"I feel safe and more secure. I have taken personal responsibility for the safety of myself and of my family," Pennington said. "We have decided to be prepared. There all kinds of disasters that can happen, natural and man-made."
Pennington is a "prepper", a growing social movement that has been dubbed Survivalism Lite. Preppers believe that it is better to be safe than sorry and that preparing for disaster – be it a hurricane or the end of civilisation – makes sense.
Unlike the 1990s survivalists, preppers come from all backgrounds and live all over America. They are just as likely to be found in a suburb or downtown loft as a remote ranch in the mountains. Prepping networks, which have sprung up all over the country in the past few years, provide advice on how to prepare food reserves, how to grow crops in your garden, how to hunt and how to defend yourself. There are prepping books, online shops, radio shows, countless blogs, prepping courses and prepping conferences. Read More...
They call themselves 'preppers.' They are regular people with homes and families. But like the survivalists that came before them, they're preparing for the worst.
by Jessica Bennett
Lisa Bedford is what you'd imagine of a stereotypical soccer mom. She drives a white Tahoe SUV. An American flag flies outside her suburban Phoenix home. She sells Pampered Chef kitchen tools and likes to bake. Bedford and her husband have two young children, four dogs, and go to church on Sunday.
But about a year ago, Bedford's homemaking skills went into overdrive. She began stockpiling canned food, and converted a spare bedroom into a giant storage facility. The trunk of each of her family's cars got its own 72-hour emergency kit—giant Tupperware containers full of iodine, beef jerky, emergency blankets, and even a blood-clotting agent designed for the battle-wounded. Bedford started thinking about an escape plan in case her family needed to leave in a hurry, and she and her husband set aside packed suitcases and cash. Then, for the first time in her life, Bedford went to a gun range and shot a .22 handgun. Now she regularly takes her two young children, 7 and 10, to target practice. "Over the last two years, I started feeling more and more unsettled about everything I was seeing, and I started thinking, 'What if we were in the same boat?'" says Bedford, 49. Read More...
Movement to stockpile for emergency at all-time high
These people are ready for anything, including "the end of the world as we know it."
Participation in National Preparedness Month is at an all-time high according to the authors of "How To Overcome The Most Frightening Issues You Will Face This Century"
Thomas Horn owns a publishing house, is married to a horse trainer and has four grandchildren and one on the way. He lives on a farm in rural Missouri.
Horn, a semi-retired minister considers himself a reasonable man with a well-balanced outlook on the future.
But since Sept. 11, 2001, Horn has been stockpiling emergency supplies and encouraging others to do the same.
"Following 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina it was abundantly clear that it is dangerous and even naive to expect government agencies to swoop in to save everybody in the event of a major emergency," Horn explained. "Now we are hearing from federal authorities that it is only a matter of time – when, not if – a catastrophic event could make 9/11 pale by comparison. Experts have placed even-odds on a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) inside the United States within the next five years."
Horn, a veteran minister of 30 years and co-host of Raiders Live! News Talk Radio is part of a growing trend in which regular people – doctors, mechanics, laborers, receptionists and others – are preparing to survive should a natural or man-made disaster strike.
Theirs is not an extremist community holed up in underground shelters teaching bizarre or cultic ideas.
These "preppers" (as they are called) are regular folks that saw what happened on 9/11, experienced their 401(k)s falling apart as the economy soured, witnessed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and decided to take the future into their own hands.
Jack Spirko owns a media company, is married to a nurse and has a son in college. He has two dogs and lives in a nice house with a pool in a diversified neighborhood in Arlington.
Spirko, 36, considers himself an average guy with a normal life.
But for the past few years, Spirko has been stockpiling food, water, gas, guns and ammunition. He also has a load of red wine, Starbucks coffee and deodorant stashed away.
"I refer to myself as a modern survivalist, which means I don’t do without," Spirko explained. "I have a nice TV; I have nice furniture. We are not living in the sticks, but I take all of these things very seriously."
Spirko, an Army veteran and self-described "stark-raving-mad Libertarian," is part of a growing movement of people who are preparing for a disaster — natural, economic or man-made. Referred to as "modern survivalists" or "preppers," they are taking steps to protect and provide for their families should something bad happen. Read More...