Maybe all Preppers aren’t totally screwy. I think some preparation for the possibility of certain types of natural or man made disaster scenarios are somewhat reasonable. Weather such as hurricanes have recently devastated significant amounts of our country. Some people that ignored the hurricane warnings had hurricane parties instead of evacuating from the area. Those people are now dead. Even FEMA’s website has prepping instructions for various potential disasters so the government apparently takes prepping seriously.
It is entirely possible in my opinion that larger areas of our country could be affected for longer periods by similar disruption within my lifetime. For example a simple electromagnetic pulse from a solar storm or from a North Korean nuclear bomb could shut down all of our technology instantly. The solar storm of 1859 was a recorded event and it is almost certain to happen again. Life without electricity would be different from the life we now enjoy. It could take many years for our country to regain electrical power everywhere and that is only one example.
I think everyone should at least take a look at government recommendations for short term disaster prepping. Most people are psychologically incapable of any type of prepping because they don’t want to admit to themselves that something seriously bad will probably happen. Even if there is a disaster the government will always save you. Right?
Some major religious groups have organized prepping activities for all scenarios up to doomsday. The Mormons have a lot of prepping information on the internet and they actively teach prepping for all types of disasters. I don’t believe in Mormon theology but if there is a country-wide disaster for several years their emphasis on prepping may help the Mormon religion survive. Religious survivalist’s don’t seem to be entirely self consistent. Money and time spent on prepping can’t be spent on converting other people to your religion during good times. On the other hand if doomsday happens on schedule your religion would pick up converts.
Most individual non-religious preppers don’t really want to pick up converts after doomsday. Your chances of survival in a doomsday scenario would go down if you had to take care of unprepared people. There seems to be a fairly large pre-doomsday prepper industry on the web consisting of books, special food, weapons and other survival gear. I have seen what is on the web and some of it is kind of entertaining. It is possible to incorporate some of these items into more common activities such as camping, hunting, or even my favorite gardening. Personally I’m not a big prepper because fear of the collapse of society doesn’t worry me. I do kind of get a kick out of some of the items being sold online but I just can’t afford to buy the stuff for my own entertainment.