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For years the term “prepper” was the punchline of a joke. Identifying yourself as one meant inviting the ridicule of others at best, thoughts you were a mentally ill conspiracy theorist at worst. The media and shows like “Doomsday Preppers” sensationalize preparedness. Their focus on only the most extreme examples reinforces negative stereotypes. But despite all this, recent environmental tragedies of increased frequency and fury, the government’s response (or lack thereof) to such tragedies, the recession, global instability, etc. have caused many “normal” people question their own readiness. Today, telling someone you’re into emergency preparedness will still get you weird looks from some, but it’ll just as likely prompt that person to reveal they’ve got a few “back up” items as well. What was once considered crazy is beginning to seem wise, to make logical sense.
As preparedness has become more popular, the availability of information and resources (especially on the internet) has absolutely exploded. But many of these materials revolve around full blown, doomsday scenarios – how to sustainably and indefinitely survive off grid, determining the best ammunition to defend yourself from hordes of attackers, converting your car into a Mad Maxian survival machine, and on and on. Many of these apocalyptic resources are tremendously valuable. But preparedness isn’t just about end-of-the-world scenarios. It’s about job loss, a storm that takes out the power for a few days, a terrorist attack, countless other possibilities.
To the 54% of people on this planet living in metropolitan areas, many of these resources say “you’re stupid for living there” and “you should move…NOW!”. It’s true, metro areas have increased risk – they have high population densities, are targets of terrorism, have high costs of living, limited living space and other issues. But abandoning everything to live on a farm isn’t that easy. Not everyone is able (or willing) to abandon their life, job, extended family and other ties to the metropolitan area they’ve called home for years, maybe their entire life. Ditching the high rise to build a bunker would likely be everyone’s choice if had the financial means and they knew the end-of-days certain and imminent. But no one truly knows what’s coming. And not everyone shares those apocalyptic beliefs.
Does the fact that you live in a metro area mean you should give up and not prepare? Absolutely not! The fact you even realize metropolitan areas pose unique challenges shows your mind is in the right place. And with some knowledge and creativity we can overcome many of these risks and challenges.
Becoming prepared is smart. It makes sense. Becoming a metro prepper means getting prepared for a variety of situations, being able to accurately assess a developing situation and making the call whether you can (and if you can, whether you should) ride it out. If nothing else, the risks inherent to a metro area should increase our motivation to develop skills, get more knowledgeable and become more prepared.
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