Fair enough. I’m going to tell you everything you need to know but I have to tell you right from the start that preppers and survivalists are NOT the same thing.
So what’s a prepper, anyway? A prepper is a person who actively gets ready for one or more catastrophic events that could happen to him, to his family, his town or city, his country or even to the entire planet. Some believe something bad may or may not happen at some point in the future, while others think it’s only a matter of time.
Not all preppers prepare for every possible disaster scenario. Everyone has an idea of what might happen so they focus on these first.
The most important things preppers do for these catastrophic events are:
- stockpiling of food, water, medicine, ammo, and gear
- own and learn how to use guns
- establish a bug out location where they can retreat if their home becomes uninhabitable or dangerous
- focus on a wide variety of skills such as finding water, starting a fire, treating light wounds, building shelter, and on and on.
The prepping community is so big that there are actually different types of preppers, each of them with their own views on the world. Some of them are, indeed, a little extreme, but it’s important to note that the vast majority of preppers are decent people who live normal lives and love nature.
They don’t get lost into the wilderness to survive just for the sake of it, they don’t live in fear, and they enjoy their lives just like everyone else. Some of their favorite hobbies are hiking, camping, and various DIY projects.
A survivalist is a person who believes the world is already dangerous, bad and impossible to live in without taking some drastic measures, such as living entirely off the grid, moving in remote locations the wilderness, and trying to cut every tie they can with local and federal authorities.
To them, the end of the world is already here; they’re already in survival mode.
Are Preppers or Survivalists Dangerous?
So far I haven’t heard of preppers doing anything wrong. There have been some survivalists who’ve gone to the extreme a few times but, in general, preppers and survivalists are peaceful and defensive. The idea that preppers are crazy stems from the fact that there are also a lot of people out there who are anti-Government and anti-liberal.
However, some of those who are anti-Government and anti-liberal are not active preppers. As in any group of people, the ones that are way too emotional and to to extremes, give the entire community a bad reputation.