Apparently Britain has preppers too, per BBC News. I had thought it was a peculiarly American phenomenon, but once again America has successfully exported its cultural zeitgeist around the world:
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British survivalists – known as “preppers” – are fixated on the need to survive in the event of a catastrophe. What motivates them?
Beside a stream in the middle of the Bedfordshire countryside, Peter Stanford – who describes himself as a motivational life coach – is pumping up his inflatable canoe by hand.
This is his chosen method of transport for escaping an “apocalyptic situation”, which he views as anything from a financial crash to a repeat of the London riots.
“I’m not living on a knife-edge waiting for a catastrophe to happen,” he explains.
Stanford is hoping to take to water after sunset – under the cover of darkness – to practise what might happen if he needed to flee.