I can’t help but feel that we’re permanently teetering on the edge of a world changing war. What with recent fly overs from Russian jets, North Korean nuclear tests and the knowledge that there are over 15,000 nuclear weapons worldwide, we appear to be one world leader’s bad day away from a cataclysmic event.
This being said, to a doomsday ‘prepper’ nuclear warfare isn’t the ‘odds on’ favorite of all the possible apocalypse scenarios. According to the UK Preppers Guide, it’s equally likely that an EMP will wipe out our technological infrastructure, and a lot more likely that a natural disaster or biological pandemic will bring about our end of days. The most likely scenario for the downfall of humanity? Global economic collapse.
Oh. All of a sudden, a doomsday scenario seems even more plausible.
Preppers make it their priority to ensure they are both mentally and physically equipped to survive a number of possible civilization ending events. However, being a prepper seems to carry a ‘whackjob’ stigma. We’ve all probably seen the documentaries with the paranoid camo-clad guys, bolted into their barbed wire forts, brandishing an arsenal of high-caliber weaponry. As in every walk of life, certain people take it to extremes – unfortunately for the prepping community these are the people the media latch onto.
On the latest episode of Version 3.0 we spoke to Steve Hart, who runs the UK’s top prepping website, to find out what exactly it means to be a prepper. To no surprise, Steve is a perfectly rational, level headed guy – he just has a plan. Multiple plans in fact! And the practical skills to actualize these, should the need arise.
Steve’s ethos is ‘If there’s life, there’s hope’, meaning he intends to carry on even if civilization were to fall. Not necessarily for his sake, or his generation’s sake, but to attempt to secure a future for humanity. Steve explains that prepping is the most useful hobby going and consequently he’s made it his job to give concise and useful advice to those who are interested. And as it turns out, that’s quite a few of us! With hundreds of thousands of web hits per month, prepping is obviously something people are buying into… even if they don’t admit it to their peers.
In this episode, Steve explains the very real decisions a prepper runs through in their head – when do you pull the plug and walk away from society to survive alone? Do you have an exit strategy for when there’s no light at the end of the tunnel? And if the shit hits the fan…what do you do when unprepared guys like me, Ryan and Marc come knocking on your door asking for help?
Some may think prepping is paranoia, some may think it’s a nonsensical waste of time…But maybe it pays to be prepared? Every modern building has a fire escape; It doesn’t mean the architects’ are hoping it burns to the ground. I can guarantee that if the apocalypse actually comes, we’ll all be kicking ourselves that we didn’t use the internet, while we could, to watch a 5 minute YouTube tutorial on how to make a fire.
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