Survivalists as they are known in the US, or preppers as they are known in the UK, are people who are preparing for a catastrophic event. This could be anything as far-fetched as an alien invasion or a zombie apocalypse, or maybe even something slightly more scary but possible, like social or political disruptions. It is really just preparation for anything that could disrupt everyday life. Electricity blackouts, food shortages and that kind of thing. They have become much more common in the modern age, and there are even TV programmes about them like the increasingly popular Doomsday Preppers on Netflix.
So, How Do The Preppers Prepare?
Survivalism and prepping usually involves getting medical training, training in self-defense (and the equipment to go with it), having a bunker or some sort of accommodation or shelter with enough food and water to be self-sufficient for at least a year. Lots of different sites and organisations have detailed lists and suggestions for specific scenarios, but overall it comes down to what you need to survive any eventuality.
But A Bunker Will Ruin My Garden Aesthetic
Although preppers aren’t doing any harm to the general public, the general consensus is that doomsday prep could be driven by paranoia which isn’t an advisable state of mind to pursue for a full and happy life. Plus, building a bunker and figuring out how to battle a zombie army isn’t at the top of most people’s ‘to do’ list. And camouflage face paint is a very niche look to pull off…
But, that isn’t to say that we can’t all take some useful tips from those prepping for doomsday, and these 3 tips you need to pay attention to now:
1. Stockpiling Food & Water
You don’t have to delve too far into the media to find various articles and stories talking about food shortages and even famines, and how they could be a possibility in the future. In this article, The Independent talks about how Brexit could cause food prices to shoot up because the UK is not as self-sufficient as it used to be. This article in Science Daily discusses how climate change and weather extremes could also lead to food shortages worldwide. Even more recently there were reports of a potential lettuce shortage in Britain and that is only from a short heatwave.
Although these reports are not a reason to panic, they do highlight the fact that temporary food price hikes could cause some households to struggle with their grocery shopping, and environmental issues may well cause at least some foods to run out temporarily. At the very least, weather events like hurricanes and snowstorms are definitely not unheard of and are even common in some areas so, each and every household across the world has a reason to be prepared with food and water stocks to some degree.
Consider setting up enough food and water for your family and pets for a month or six weeks, in your pantry or garage, in case the worst does happen. This should give you enough time to find further food and water supplies if the shortage or weather event is extended.
2. Having Backup Electricity
Blackout risks on a larger and longer scale are definitely possible, and this detailed article (with graphs and everything!) gives an incredibly detailed look at the possibility of energy blackouts across the world. Before any energy shortages occur, it makes sense for every home to have some sort of energy backup. This is particularly true for remote areas that see extreme weather or blackouts regularly. We all rely on electricity now, so it makes sense to have a backup in the case of the national grid, power lines or individual power supplies going down. To do this, a generator is a really good idea because you can easily store it in your garage or shed and then use it as and when needed. You can also get the size that you require for your individual needs.
3. Having Some Basic Survival Skills
Whether it is because of a zombie apocalypse, or less likely but still possible reasons like the boiler breaking down and you need to generate heat, or the water pipes are frozen and you need water, basic survival skills are actually very useful. Knowing how to build and light a fire, how to purify water, how to navigate yourself to safety without the use of a phone are all useful skills to have should you need them either at home or when you are on a trip. Basic first aid is also really useful, particularly if you live remotely and know it would take time to get professional medical help. Have a look at some articles and videos detailing some survival skills, but also think about looking into local courses. At the very least it will be fun, and at most, those skills could save your life.
We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome. – Isabel Allende
A little preparation could make a lot of difference in any emergency situation.
As it stands, whether the zombies, weather, political climate or natural fuel supplies are the problem, we could definitely all benefit from being a little more prepared.