Americans Stock Up To Be Ready for End of the World

PreppersPaul Harris writes in the Guardian:

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: Guardian

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  • tonyviner

    There is nothing wrong with being prepared, be it for the end of the world or just some unforeseen situation, it seems like a lot of people (me too) could take a pretty valuable cue from this lady. The stocking up food commercials on Alex Jones' show are still weird though.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

      the problem with just stocking up is if things really get bad
      someone will just come and take what you have if you can't defend it.

      • tonyviner

        Yeah, well, you gotta have a gun too. I thought that went without saying. And just don't tell everybody about your attache case full of Ramen Noodles and Mars bars.

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

          personally I'd go for spam and mr goodbar

  • http://www.2kad.net/ Paul

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all week. “taking courses on treating sickness with medicinal herbs.”!! Brilliant. Anyway, years of movie watching teaches us that global disasters only affect the US and capital cities of key other countries. As I don’t live in the US, Paris, London, Moscow or Tokyo I should be fine. :)

  • http://www.2kad.net/ Paul

    That's the funniest thing I've read all week. “taking courses on treating sickness with medicinal herbs.”!! Brilliant. Anyway, years of movie watching teaches us that global disasters only affect the US and capital cities of key other countries. As I don't live in the US, Paris, London, Moscow or Tokyo I should be fine. :)

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