Who Am Us Anyway?

For both Firesign Theater fans out there, no, they didn’t ask questions like that in 1776. But then they didn’t have to ask questions about prepping either.

So, who am us preppers anyway?

If you’ve been prepping a while, you’ve probably noticed the increase in Web sites devoted to prepping in one way or another. Books and documentaries seem to be springing from the woodwork.

The economy’s in turmoil. We’re losing more freedoms all the time. And people are waking up.

Or are they?

Who Be Them Preppers?

Yesterday on DestinySurvival Radio, James Talmage Stevens, aka Doctor Prepper, was my guest. He has a different take on things based in part on what he’s seen at preparedness expos. And he goes to plenty.

Doctor Prepper is the author of the best selling book on preparedness, Making the Best of Basics. He’s also the founder of the Preparedness Radio Network where you hear my show.

Interest in survival and preparedness tends to go in cycles. As noted above, all indicators would seem to show a keen interest in prepping right now.

But Stevens says there’s not as much interest as there has been in times past. He recalls expos where 20,000-30,000 people attended and there were 400-500 vendors. Today’s expos might draw a thousand people and maybe 50-100 vendors.

To my surprise, Stevens says most expo attendees are middle aged and upward. They’ve gone through enough of life’s ups and downs to see the need for the safety and security preparedness brings.

Young families and single adults aren’t generally among the attendees.

So where are they? Does that mean younger people aren’t getting prepared? Or does it mean they’re just not attending these shows?

Stevens doesn’t have an explanation. Perhaps people are getting info from the Internet. Or perhaps there are other worldly distractions keeping them away from expos.

Till the World Ends

Doctor Prepper doesn’t know anybody who’s taking seriously the alleged threats posed by this year of 2012. In fact, he doesn’t see preppers motivated by current politics or the economy.

According to Stevens, not as many people have the interest in prepping they did in the mid ’70’s during the energy crisis and before Y2K. The fact that so many still exhibit a high standard of living shows where people have placed their priorities.

He believes prepping just makes sense though and encourages everyone who will listen to have a plan and take action. Decide what’s important and live today in such a way as to be ready for whatever tomorrow has in store. Start now while you still have the choice.

But what if the world ends as we know it?

When you hear Doctor Prepper talk, you’ll hear his positive spin on preparedness. He’ll tell anyone that normal events of life bring the world to an end as we know it. He refers to things like transitioning from school to work, getting married, or dealing with the death of a loved one.

One thing ends, and a new thing begins. You now must look at the world in a different way. Things change. Adapt.

TV Shows, Water Flows, and the Book Knows

On other matters, we briefly discussed the value of recent TV shows featuring preppers. In a nutshell, neither of us has a favorable opinion of them.

We also talked for a bit about the AquaPail Water Treatment System. It removes viruses and nuclear radiation particles. Doctor Prepper’s business partner was on his way to Hawaii to demonstrate the AquaPail to those concerned about radiation from Fukushima.

In our concluding moments, Stevens gave an overview of upcoming expos for preppers. One source of info is www.SelfRelianceExpo.com.

Back at the beginning of the show we talked a while about the most recent edition of Making the Best of Basics. It’s version 12.1 because he didn’t want to give it the number 13.

As with previous editions in recent years, it’s available in print, digital download and on CD ROM. The two electronic versions have much more material available than what you’ll find in the print book. Links take you to additional resources. And you can print off any charts or tables you want.

Believe me, there’s plenty in the print book. It’s like a prepping encyclopedia because it covers a wide variety of topics and is loaded with helpful resources.

Edition 12.1 has expanded and updated info on building a three day plus kit. And Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy have contributed a chapter on survival medicine.

You can order Doctor Prepper’s book when you click on its title in this post or by clicking anywhere you see the ad for the book here on DestinySurvival.

Hear all of my discussion with James Talmage Stevens when you listen to DestinySurvival Radio for June 7, 2012.

What do you think? Have you been to a preparedness expo recently? Do you fit the profile of expo attendees Doctor prepper described? Would you go on a TV show about preppers if given the opportunity? Leave a comment and share your thoughts in a comment below.


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.