Who Am Us Anyway?

For Firesign Theater fans out there–both of you–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 an increase in Web sites devoted to prepping in one way or another. Books and documentaries seem to be springing from the woodwork.

The economy is uncertain. We’re losing more freedoms all the time. And people are waking up.

Or are they?

Who Be Them Preppers?

James Talmage Stevens, aka Doctor Prepper, was my DestinySurvival Radio guest to help answer that question. He has a different take on things based in part on what he’s seen at preparedness expos. And at the time of this writing, he went to plenty.

Doctor Prepper is the author of the best selling book on preparedness, Making the Best of Basics. He also founded the Preparedness Radio Network, which featured a number of Internet radio shows on preparedness.

Stevens said interest in survival and preparedness tends to go in cycles. Interest waxes and wanes, depending on what’s happening in the world, or what the perceive threat is.

But Stevens said at the time of this writing there was 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 said 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 didn’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 didn’t know anybody who took seriously the alleged threats posed in 2012. In fact, he didn’t see preppers motivated by 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 believed 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 a choice.

But, really, what if the world ends as we know it?

Doctor Prepper had a positive spin on preparedness. He would tell anyone that normal events of life bring the world to an end as we know it. He referred 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, But the Book Knows

On other matters, we briefly discussed the value of TV shows airing which featured preppers. In a nutshell, neither of us had a favorable opinion of them. Popularity doesn’t equate with credibility.

When it comes to preparedness knowledge at your fingertips, Making the Best of Basics is like a prepping encyclopedia because it covers a wide variety of topics and is loaded with helpful resources.

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

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.