Are You Becoming an Underground Prepper?

My guest on DestinySurvival Radio this week thinks preppers are becoming more subdued and practicing greater discretion in light of what’s happening in today’s world. Does that describe you? Are you becoming an underground prepper?

My guest was Riverwalker, one of the most popular guests I’ve had on DestinySurvival radio. If you’re not familiar with him, he blogs about stealth survival. he’s a prepper from South Central Texas who doesn’t just talk about preparedness. He lives it, and you’ll hear that from our conversation.

Riverwalker retired last year after working many years in corrections with both juveniles and adults. As a result, he knows a thing or two about human nature. You’ll see how that colors his preparedness picture as you hear our conversation.

What’s he up to these days? The last time I spoke with Riverwalker on DestinySurvival Radio was a few weeks after he’d had heart surgery. Thankfully, he’s doing well as of this writing. And now that he’s retired, he’s doing more with his family. He planned to provide backup support for his son’s trek on the Appalachian Trail.

And then came the bug out blues. High winds and heavy rains damaged a mobile home on one of Riverwalker’s bug out properties. Yes, he has more than one. And he’s planned alternative routes to one spot in case the bridge on the way to it is out.

Are preppers going underground? Shows like “Doomsday Preppers” aren’t doing preppers any favors with sensationalism. According to Riverwalker, more preppers are doing what they can to stay under the radar because they don’t want to be considered extremists or domestic terrorists.

But obviously, prepping is necessary. Events like Hurricane Sandy prove that. Sandy also gave proof that the government isn’t going to be there to give aid right away, if at all.

Prepare, but not too much… How much should you have on hand? Government agencies tell us to prepare because they know they’re not going to be there when the chips are down. Yet they get nervous if you and I are too prepared. Why? Riverwalker believes it’s about control.

Other issues we discussed include:

  • Even if you’re prepared for disaster, should you get in line with everyone else when government trucks bring water and supplies?
  • Is it possible (or wise) to drop out of the system?
  • What’s Riverwalker’s financial strategy for spending money on prepping supplies?
  • What are some tips for staying inconspicuous?
  • How important is it to maintain family bonds?
  • What’s the optimal number of people to have in a group?
  • Will there be a new civil war in the U.S.?

There’s more, including Riverwalker’s thoughts about a unique business opportunity I suggested, which you may want to consider for yourself if you’re well versed in local geography.

Hear my entire conversation with Riverwalker by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for February 20, 2014. (Right click to download.) He plans to do some gear reviews in coming months on his blog site at Subscribe to his e-mails and keep up with what he has to pass along to fellow preppers.

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.