The prepper movement is not new, but has been around since the 1960s. Back then preppers were referred to as survivalists, but no one paid too much attention to them except other survivalists. After the 9/11 attacks, more attention was put on the survivalists; that perhaps they were onto something.
In the mid-2000s, the prepper movement was born and the phrase, “Doomsday Preppers” was created by the media. It’s important to understand that there is a difference between being a survivalist and being a prepper; the survivalist adopts a more military-style of philosophy and a prepper is more of a homesteader.
Homesteading is when you live your life similar to that of the early settlers and pioneers; it’s when you become self-sufficient by living off the land.
Recently, the Discovery channel has been re-broadcasting the documentary, America’s Doomsday Plan, which documented plans that the government is making for when a disaster hits that could devastate the way they do business. It’s important to note here that the government is not homesteading, but is developing the techniques of a survivalist.
The show gives viewers a ring-side seat as they tour a bunker that’s 2,000 feet under the Cheyenne Mountains in Colorado. The bunker will be used as a military command center.
The bunker isn’t new. It was originally built in 1962 for the purpose of being a nuclear bunker during the Cold War era. Well, the good news is that the government saved taxpayers a lot of money by re-purposing something that they already had which is awfully homestead-ish of them.
The White House also has bunkers that are only accessible through tunnels underneath the building. The bunkers are called the Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) and the nation became more aware of these bunkers after the 9/11 attacks when the Secret Service stashed then-Vice President Dick Chaney in them.
These bunkers sound like a great idea, but they’re more for members of the government and not for the regular folk. Everyone else will be left to their own devices. The money that has been spent or will be spent for a possible doomsday situation won’t really help the large amount of Americans who are dependent on the government.
So, is prepping a fad or a fact? Before you answer that question, there’s other things that needs to be considered.
Several colleges such as Rutgers University, Temple University and Penn State University are offering classes on the doomsday belief. Movies like The Hunger Games and television shows such as Lost, The Walking Dead, and Revolution are also based on what could happen if you had to fend for yourself. So, perhaps investing in the prepper lifestyle really isn’t that crazy.
So, prepping for a disaster isn’t a fad, but more like an eventual reality. It’s the smart thing to do because in recent events such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and even Superstorm Sandy everyone saw how ineffective the government really is when everything comes down to the wire.