Is it Survival Preparation or Hoarding?

These thoughts are directed at those who have the means to buy supplies for survival, but are still rather timid about making preparations for survival during difficult times. Making preparations is an excellent investment.

When you prepare, you’re stocking up on more of the necessities than usual. Even though you’re discrete about doing this, there will be those who will accuse you of hoarding, whether they do it openly or in secret. Take heart in knowing that in a time of calamity, you’ll be better off than your accusers.

Many are simply misinformed about what constitutes hoarding. Our grandparents and great grandparents stored home canned fruits and vegetables, even canned meat, in root cellars. This was the way it had to be to survive.

While still claiming to be a land of plenty today, we have somehow adopted the notion that it’s practically sinful to have more on hand than necessary. After all, anything we need can be had from supermarkets and can be easily replenished as soon as the cupboards begin to look vacant.

Our lifestyles are based on convenience. Agrarian ways are a relic of the past, even for many in rural areas.

Consider this as you buy extra groceries or a supply of long term storage food. By preparing and stockpiling several months in advance, you’re not contributing to any shortages. Supply chains continuously replenish goods when there is no crisis at hand. It’s the way business is done nowadays.

When you buy and store supplies, such as food, ammunition, and even gas in advance, you not only provide for your own needs, but you may be helping to alleviate the short-term supply disruption when disaster hits. Only those who buy a disproportionately large supply during a crisis could be legitimately labeled as hoarders.

When you prepare well in advance, you’re not part of the problem. Instead, you’re a part of the solution. You’ll be less dependent on others to rescue you and your family.

Furthermore, by having extra on hand, if you so choose, you can dispense charitably to your neighbors in need. Then maybe they’ll be glad you could share from an abundance, regardless of whether they called it hoarding before the catastrophe struck.

Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.