Do You Think Prepping Has Died?

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 3, 2019
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Shortly after the 2016 election, I read an article by one of my blogging colleagues titled “Is Prepping Dead?”.  I felt so strongly about what she said that I shared her article throughout the social media, hoping that others would see it and continue their preparedness efforts.  Now, one month later, I can confirm that I too am seeing signs that prepping, while not dead, has certainly slowed down.  This seems odd to me since the likelihood of a disruptive event has not changed.  It is as strong now as ever.

What are those signals and why should we continue to be prepared and to proudly call ourselves “Preppers”?   Let me explain.

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Signs and Signals That Prepping Has Slowed Down

Every legitimate blogger I know has a sickness called “check your stats”.  And, with the exception of the fear mongers and those pitching to extreme preppers, all of us have seen a sharp decline in blog traffic since the election.  In addition, most of the sponsors I deal with have told me sales are sharply down.

Another signal that prepping mania has slowed comes from the many emails and comments I receive.  Lately, there has been a shift to homesteading and self-sufficient lifestyle questions.  Very little has come across my desk relative to a long-term disruptive event such as global economic collapse, EMP, or cyber attack.

Has prepping reached a saturation point?

To help answer this, I called my economics guru, George Ure, over at Urban Survival, to get his take on this matter.  To paraphrase, here is what he said.

Right or wrong, the stock market has soared these past six weeks.  This is in spite of fundamentals that do not make sense.  We have a national debt problem that is not going away anytime soon, automation and robots are still gobbling up manufacturing jobs, and health care for an aging population will continue to skyrocket, the repeal of Obamacare notwithstanding.

You know this as well as I do, Gaye, market down and prepping is up  Market up and no one cares.

In my opinion, there are simply too many moving pieces for all of our economic woes to go away with a snap of the fingers (that being a metaphor for “change in national leadership”).  And then there is Mother Nature.

Why Prepping is a Long-Term Lifestyle Investment

When it comes to disruptive events, the one thing we are unable to predict are the ravages of Mother Nature.  Hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters are going to happen.  We just don’t know and precisely where.  Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that a natural disaster is not an event that only happens to someone else.  Far from it.

There are disruptive events caused by bad people.  An EMP, cyber attack, pandemic and other catastrophic, apocalyptic events caused by man give us a strong incentive to keep on prepping.  More common scenarios are a job loss or the cost of an extended hospital stay.  And what about a nuclear accident,?  Even the best-prepared preppers will be at risk.

With so many things that can go wrong, there are those that are going to argue that the cost is too high.  They claim that prepping is expensive.  To them, I say get real, buddy.  Tap water is almost free and so are empty soda bottles.  Yes, I do own an expensive water filtering system but my garage and freezer are also filled with repurposed soda bottles filled with free tap water.

I own dozens of flashlights but many are of the variety.  Perhaps not the highest in quality but they do work and are better than being in the dark when the power goes out.  I know how to build a fire using biomass and to keep it going so I can cook food.  The space under my bed is filled with canned fruits, vegetables, and beans picked up on sale for less than a dollar a can.  Now tell me again, prepping is too expensive?

Additional Reading:  100 Budget Friendly Items for the Frugal Prepper

The bottom line is that people at all income levels can find an excuse for not prepping if they want to.  Sadly, this is a problem for the rest of us because we are the ones that will be left holding the bag, and defending what is ours if the stuff hits the fan.

It is my opinion that to get around this, we must continue to evangelize and continue to educate those that are willing to listen.  One way to do this is to tell them that prepping is an investment just like insurance.  But unlike insurance, prepping is not a use or lose proposition.  At the end the year, your preps carry forward, there for you should a disruptive event come knocking on your door sometime down the road.  Can you say that about your car insurance whose clock starts over each year?

What To Do Now to Keep the Prepping Glow Alive

The rules of engagement have not changed.  Here are a few things you can keep on doing to ensure your stats as a prepper of the highest order.

  • Live below your means and save what is left over for your preps
  • Get out of debt
  • Continue to store food and water to get you by during hard times
  • Develop basic skills such as cooking from scratch, building fires, and purifying water.  Beyond that, develop more advanced survival skills based on where you live and the number of people who depend on you for shelter.
  • Learn a pioneer skill that you can fall back for barter income on in the event a catastrophic event throws us back to the 19th century
  • Stockpile first aid supplies and medications.  Learn about natural remedies you can use when traditional medications are not available.
  • Learn to become a MacGyver when it comes to making household repairs.
  • Use it up, wear it out, and make do!

Additional Reading:  12 Frugal Lessons From the Great Depression

The Final Word

According to George, his crystal ball is telling him markets will reach an all-time high late in 2017 or early 2018.  Furthermore, when the market falls, there will be panic prepping.  I do agree that when and if that does happen, things will be bad for those that are living high on the hog based upon the value of their investments.  Savings and retirement accounts could vanish and we will have 2009 all over again.  Maybe worse.

For that reason, my own investments are not in the stock market but in food storage, property, and the supplies I need to be self-sufficient.  Nothing has changed in that respect.  Nothing.  Yes, I am thrilled that we have new leadership in Washington, but as a realist, I know that effecting change takes time.  In the meantime, I want to be ready so if the SHTF, I am safe, I am well-fed, and I am comfortable.

To wrap up, it is my opinion that prepping is not dead.  Prepper-mania may have waned, but for those of us that want to secure a future of self-reliance, prepping will never be optional.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye


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64 Responses to “Do You Think Prepping Has Died?”

  1. I think people are weary, Gaye. I think they’re needing a breather. I also think we’re waiting and watching. I’ve been prepping a long time, but it’s more of a self-sufficiency lifestyle. That’s really where prepping eventually leads, I think. I am just as concerned as ever, but suddenly the landscape has changed and I don’t know for better, worse, or the same. I have lots of stuff. Now I’m concentrating on skills and renewable resources. Once you are truly a lifelong prepper, comes a time when you are simply busy doing the work.

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    • I agree with you. My own prepping these days is less about stuff and more about long term survival without modern conveniences. Simple things such as spending an evening without electronics or the internet test my ability to cope and be self-entertaining. That, plus cooking from scratch with whatever is available, lighting a fire on the spur of the moment, and hand washing my laundry are things I spring on myself. So yes, many are now simply doing the work. I fear, however, that those who have quit, or never started, will become a burden at some point down the road.

    • I ABSOLUTELY agree with you!

    • Georgie, you nailed my thoughts exactly ????

  2. Thank you so much for this timely article. I have not slowed down in my prepping because I see the same signs you do and believe that somehow, somewhere something is going to burst. Being on a limited budget, I cannot spend much money every month but have become more aware of how to obtain preps for free or nearly no cost, i.e. shopping at thrift stores, the local transfer station’s “dump store”, etc. We had high winds a few nights ago and the yard was full of twigs and small branches that were blown down and I gathered up all that I could to use as kindling for the wood stove. This whole prepping journey has made me a new person, much to the head-scratching of my friends and relatives. Again, thank you so much for your dedication to your blog. I look forward to reading and gleaning from them all.

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    • “the local transfer station’s dump store”?

  3. Excellent article! Too many people are swayed by the media in the wrong way: I am what y’all would call a liberal…but I have lived through flood, hurricanes and tornados. Also, I see the vulnerabilities of our aging infrastructures. Prepping is a common-sense notion for anyone who wants their family to survive a disaster. Believe you me, as the article points out, we are all one step away from something happening. Take care of you and your loved ones.

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  4. What is the term? “Normalizing”? People are so programmed to believe that “every little thing is gonna be allrite” (I can hear the music in my head) and that it always will be (how many are still alive that lived in Depression times?) that they don’t believe that anything CAN happen. Well, it can, it HAS, and it WILL happen again!

    Tex

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  5. Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

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    • Jeff said it best. I say if you have no past to remember eventually you will have one you may regret, for not prepping

    • Amen to that…!

  6. I think we’re seeing a slump now because of the holidays as well as a sigh of relief after the election. When I spoke to Morgan Stewart of ParatusNews.com, he noted gun sales might be more steady without frequent threats to gun confiscation. He agreed with the notions expressed in your article regarding natural disasters and potential for economic down turn. Perhaps prepping will take a different direction, but it’s not a time to let our guards down.

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    • John, Gaye and others: Only so much will fit in the house, (most of us have ltd. space) also people may have to bug out in a hurry if there is a crisis. Pickup trucks and/or trailers only hold so much. More than one haul to a bug out place is risky if road blocks are set up. It is impossible to stock up on a life time supply of food, water, etc. unless you are over 85 yrs old. Friends and I have about a 6 wk supply and that’s all our houses have room for. Logistic thinking is important: Will people have time to load stuff and haul it to their bug outs without making more than one trip. Luggage, pet carriers, kids items (if people have kids), and other basic things must fit in trailers, trucks. If bug outs are far away it’s even more risky to return and haul more stuff. Am now in the process of decluttering and clearing out unused stuff for donations.

    • Hey Laura:
      The one exception to that is if you have enough money then you can provide food and water plus whatever other necessities you could ever need for a lifetime…
      I used to belong to a blog where this guy was a prepper, homesteader, had his own security business, was part of a,special forces group, etc…
      Anyway, he would get hired by people with money to come in and set up there homes, bug-out locations, etc… for them.
      He would build whatever they wanted and what he thought they needed, take care of all security measures, set up sustainable food and water sources, stock prepper items for how long they wanted or could afford, helped them pick out the proper weapons to protect their families with, taught weapons training to all family members who were old enough, etc… I believe that I’ve painted a good picture for you…
      He would also post these places and ones that someone else had done for the owners who wanted to sell for whatever reason…
      Some of these places just blew my mind, he always did a walk-thru video to show you everything that you would be getting.
      Anyway…
      One of the places that he was showing for sale came with a 30yrs supply of food and water for four people, that does not include the sustainable food and water sources that were established on the property too…
      So…
      Like everything else in our world, it all comes down to having money…
      Have a great one…!

  7. I agree with John; folks are just so glad the 2-yr-long election circus is over we didn’t really care if the devil himself was elected! Also, Americans tend to turn to someone else to save them when trouble strikes whether it be a politician, religious leader, just someone so they don’t have to be responsible for themselves. My prepping is undergoing its usual first-of-the-year evaluation now but certainly not letting up. Happy New Year!

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  8. No, I don’t think prepping has died. I think it has just changed somewhat for the time being. Many were so concerned about the election results and such that they reacted quickly to stock up things and to purchase guns ammo etc.
    Two of my favorite gifts this year were a Pur water filter and a book on essential oils. The water filter is certainly not the best but it is a start for us since we are on a rural water system that is not the most reliable. The printed book on essential oils and their uses is a huge help for me and will be a good reference for years to come.
    Since we live in a forested area my husband plans to supplement our meat with the abundance of wildlife in our area including squirrels, rabbits and wild pigs. For that reason he asked for and received a new hunter orange vest that will be of good use this winter.
    Food stores are pretty well under control here so we are looking more at water (extra never hurts so will be filling jugs from the filtered water), and alternate heating methods etc. Hoping to purchase a used propane range soon and install it in this all electric mobile home the state provides us. We have a larger tank that will work well for that. We also have extra gas cans filled, wood burning smoker/grill and plenty of candles, flashlights and oil lamps (although you can never have too many of these either).
    I belong to a swap group online so get many of my candles and other items through it at a very low cost. Plus, we frequently shop at thrift stores and yard sales for items we can use. Our main concern now is gathering cash and coins to use in an emergency and at the moment (although only a small amount) we do have some available and are also trying to gather more bartering items.
    Prepping varies with the political, economic and personal issues facing us but I don’t believe it will ever die. There will always be those of us who understand that being prepared is not just a scout motto but a life style we need to adopt.
    Sorry, I got a bit long-winded. lol

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  9. I have been prepping (and reading your articles) for years. I would never say I am DONE prepping, because its like laundry, there is always more, more to buy, more to learn. I will say I am in a comfortable place with my preps and my knowledge. Before the election, I was in super high gear prepping. And I am pretty sure it gave me fatigue. I do feel safer in general now that the election circus is over. For me, it got to a point were I have unfollowed all the different news sites and prepping sites on all social media because it was making me too anxious. Prepping used to relieve that anxiety not cause it. I will always be a prepper, or homesteader or whatever term. Right now, I just need a break from reading about the end.

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    • I also unsubscribed for the same reason. However, I’ve still been preparing. Gaye’s site is the best but I need a break for awhile in the mental assault.

  10. Perhaps recently people are becoming more relaxed about prepping, but I’ve noticed there are lots of people who prep and call it “environmental awareness” and don’t even know the word “preppers”. I think that with the way the world has become, more people are aware and will make at least some effort to be prepared for the unexpected.

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  11. I have slowed a bit on my preps due to my lack of funding as I am on disability. But I do manage to set aside a little each month for larger purchases. I am currently waiting on 2 orders from Zaycon Foods, one is 40 lbs of boneless-skinless chicken breast, the other is 40 lbs of 93-7 ground beef. most of which while be canned. I bought the chicken breast on sale at $1.49 a lb and the ground beef was also on sale @ $3.89 a lb. (it is rare to find such quality meat on sale locally).I keep the freezer storage to a min of frozen meats in case of power outages. I can a lot of meat,veggies and beans.I made jams, jellies and breads for Christmas gifts instead of spending a fortune.I have printed my favorite recipes and placed in page protectors and put in a binder. I buy 5 gal of water every week as we are on a co-op well and I cannot drink the water without my reverse osmosis filter system. We also have several years of back up filters for the system. So, yes I have slowed a bit, but I am constantly on the watch for need items which means I will never stop preparing for the future.

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  12. Actually I’m hearing more people talk about being prepared for economic instability. Some previous prepper types seem to be more relaxed right now, but I think that will change as they see Mother Nature & human nature not changing.

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  13. DON’T STOP PREPPING!!
    We may have a new president who most people agree should lead us down a road more friendly to most conservative thinking people, i.e., more jobs, more border security, more 2nd amendment protections, etc., but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other “things” that can happen in your life that will cause you to need your preps. Going into winter, my focus right now is heat and cooking. If we lost our electricity from a squirrel in a power sub-station or from an EMP, either one, means we’ve lost our electricity and our ability to heat our home and cook food. It’s that simple. That’s why I’m currently building another bio-mass stove for heat and cooking. I have constructed a small rocket-type stove that works well for heating water for food preps, but I have nothing to effectively heat at least one room in my home with no electricity. I am putting together a simple wood burning stove capable of cooking on top of as well as provide enough heat for at least one room. It will have the necessary stove piping to vent the deadly gasses and smoke outside. When the heater no longer works, and it’s freezing outside, you will only have a few hours before the inside of your house will be nearly intolerable without a heat source. Do something about that now, while you can, while things are relative calm. This is only one of several events you need to prepare for, but start now and do something!!! You’ll never be sorry…

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    • I would love to learn more about the DIY wood burning stove you are are putting together.

    • Gaye,
      Is there a way to attach pictures to this blog? It would certainly be easier to show you
      than try to describe it.
      Thanks.
      Tommy

    • I will send you my email address and can post the pictures that way.

    • Very good. Thank you.

    • I got the email and photos and will try to see if I can get them posted here in the comments. Most likely I will need to do a brief article, though. Thanks Tommy!

  14. I haven’t stopped and my wife is now showing more interest whereas before she just kind of left it up to me. I’m glad to see her change. I believe her “change” may be a result of her reading Lights Out by Ted Koppel. I recommended it to her and she finally started reading it.

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  15. Dear Gaye,
    I am sorry that the prepper “kids” are giving you anxiety at this time of year! I’ll speak for myself—no I haven’t given up the prepper thing. I have continued to buy canned goods at grocery store sales. I have ordered a few things (like a solar charger) at the online sales with free shipping. I’m still going–maybe just distracted a little by holiday stuff with company coming, but I’m still there. We even had the son in law bring it up-for the first time! Now HE is distressed since the change in leadership-but whatever. Bring ’em into the fold!
    I have my planning going to homestead better and get the herbal plants in and many other things. I’ll keep going as long as I can walk and have a brain cell to function!
    Happy New Year to you!

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  16. Gaye,
    My two cents are as follows: I don’t believe prepping has stopped completely, however, I feel that many folks are breathing a sigh of relief as I think many expected rioting to break out after the election results were finalized. The rioting didn’t happen then, but, as we saw on the news, there seems to have been a coordinated instance of fights breaking out across the country. Those forces are still planning to disrupt our lives as much as possible.
    Also, did you see the article in the news about the massive sink-hole? Granted, that wasn’t intentional, but, disasters are still happening.
    And, how about the weather. That’s not going away any time soon.
    So, I hope that now that most folks have taken a deep breath, they’ll get back to doing what needs to be done… preparing! Maybe with a more focused direction.

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  17. Prepping is changing demographics. Whereas preppers tended to primarily be conservatives and republicans, nowadays the new preppers are more likely to be liberals and democrats. They are a whole new flood of people just starting out, as opposed to those who have been prepping for quite a while and are just taking a break.

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  18. I have noticed a lot of people seem to have just pulled back or stopped everything when it comes to preparing since Trump was elected… It is like they think all the fears and worries just went away because of that..

    When in reality, nothing has changed. The ONLY change that might occur is whether he can pull us back from the brink of full on economic collapse.. Time will tell if that is to happen in his term… We are in dire straights and for some reason people seem to think the stock market going nuts and Trump being elected is the mark of all is well.. when in reality, we are still in major debt, still under the mound of entitlements and more that continues to pile on even now.

    Additionally, Trump being elected has nothing to do with all the other possibilities.. some space borne threat, some major natural event like Yellowstone or major earthquakes… Yet some people seem to think the election reduced those issues as well..

    For me, I will remain and continue to be prepared… One person does not change the whole.

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  19. *Live below your means and save what is left over for your preps—Years of experience
    *Get out of debt—2 years of FREEDOM
    *Continue to store food and water to get you by during hard times—Yep, ongoing
    *Develop basic skills such as cooking from scratch, building fires, and purifying water. Beyond that, develop more advanced survival skills based on where you live and the number of people who depend on you for shelter.—Working on it everyday
    *Learn a pioneer skill that you can fall back for barter income on in the event a catastrophic event throws us back to the 19th century–Done, & acquiring additional
    *Stockpile first aid supplies and medications. Learn about natural remedies you can use when traditional medications are not available.—Never enough
    *Learn to become a MacGyver when it comes to making household repairs.—Years of experience
    *Use it up, wear it out, and make do!—Years of experience.

    It might seem like it’s slowed down, but for those of us who have been living this way for quite some time have probably gotten to the point where we’re quieter about it, are busy obtaining new skills, or feel confident enough that a wee break in heavy prepping won’t hurt.

    As for the others, well, don’t come knocking on my door..me & mine won’t be there.

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  20. my theory is: a lot of people who voted for president-elect trump did so because they perceived him as a kind of messiah who would solve all our problems once he was in office; in fairness to them, that’s exactly how he presented himself (“i’m the only one who can save you…”). and when you have a savior (or a “good daddy”) to take care of you, there’s no need to take care of yourself. or, as some commenters have put it, people are breathing a sigh of relief. as for myself, i have redoubled my efforts, since i expect that the trump presidency will sound the death knell for the american prosperity that we have considered our birthright during my lifetime. as for the stock market, i agree with you that a crash is coming soon–it always has when trading skyrockets like it has lately; but i suspect that most preppers aren’t that aware of or interested in the stock market in good times or bad, so i doubt that’s a factor. i’m sure there are also some liberals who just feel too depressed and hopeless to do anything right now; but most of them will get over it, and i predict that prepping will be more popular than ever in a few months’ time. i just hope new preppers don’t get taken in by the proliferation of useless junk and scare-mongering that i see going on lately!

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  21. Hi Gaye, I think there are a number of trends pulling in different directions.

    The US has spent the last decade and more arming like it is 1775, both with guns and ammunition. The incoming administration isn’t seen as a major threat to gun rights -although several state governments are- so we may well see a slow down in that aspect of prepping.

    Modern guns of decent quality, especially stainless steel, should be perfectly usable way past functional obsolescence. Centuries, with just minimal care. I can see a major slow down there as people decide they actually have enough.

    Food: as people realize that even with the best intentions, government simply cannot respond to many disasters, natural or human, in a few days. We need to stock food sufficient to get us through those disasters, and as ever more people realize that, the long term food storage area should prosper. That should happen no matter what people’s politics may be.

    Everyday canned food needs to be renewed/rotated, but long term storage food like LDS ingredients will likely outlast the rest of our lives. Unless we decide we want more, we are done buying in that area.

    I have three liberal adult nieces in the Cascadia Sunduction Zone, and they started waking up to the danger when the major New Yorker magazine article came out a while back. They haven’t started prepping, but they are now thinking about it seriously.

    As one wrote me last week: “I spent three days without power last week due to an ice storm, and if I didn’t have family here I would have needed some of these things. You don’t really realize how different life is without utilities. I have some old camping supplies but it’d be worthwhile getting a fresh stock.”

    These are people who have the means to make meaningful preps for the likeliest disaster in their area. Will they? I don’t know, but if they do, that will be a new market. Not for guns, as they are anti-gun, but for everything else needed for getting by for at least several weeks “without utilities.” Water, food, medical supplies, and so one.

    Inflation, solar storms, EMP, hurricanes, terrorists striking critical infrastructure: all those possibilities are still out there, whether one’s evaluation of the dangers and probabilities have changed or not.

    Some people will definitely fall by the wayside, just as the NRA will almost certainly see a non-trivial level of non-renewals of annual memberships. That’s standard when a Repunlican takes the White House.

    I think it will be the same with prepping. People who decide they are already decently prepared by now won’t stop being preppers, but may become relatively invisible in the marketplace as they need do little beyond maintainence.

    People who wake up to the possibilities of serious disasters may jump in in a big way, or small. My guess is that some of the panic prepping of the last year will fall off,but maintain at a more relaxed level. That’s probably a healthy thing.

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  22. I haven’t stopped but have slowed down because of Christmas and my job. No didn’t go overboard for Christmas but we host Christmas for the family so I had to plan for the little extras one does at Christmas time. My job has been very difficult this past 6 months, doing 3 others jobs as well as my own due to staffing cuts, people leaving, etc.I come home exhausted, I fall asleep about a hour after dinner Da hubs has to wake me up to go to bed LOL but that changes this Thursday. I will be officially retired !! Yippee!! Now I can concentrate on re-organizing our “stuff”, getting rid of clothing I will no longer need, making room for the preps. YEAH NO more work suits or dresses. I will be paring down the wardrobe.Most of it will go to a local group that helps women out when they re-enter the work force by supplying appropriate clothing for interviews and work that they can keep.

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    • Congratulations on your retirement! I am envious but then again, I do love the tribe here at Backdoor Survival 🙂

    • Thank you I can’t wait AND one of my sons got me a Life Straw for Christmas. So I think I’m starting to rub off on the kids. At least I hope so. Hope you have a Safe and Prosperous New Year.

  23. Some of the slowdown was surely because folks had prepped intensely during the ramp up to the election since both advocates of both parties had reasons to be scared. That and with the Christmas buying season upon us, spending gravitates towards non-prepping items (mostly…I managed to slip in quite a few prepping items into my gift giving. 😉

    The rise of nationalistic fervor is ratcheting up international tensions, and fake news stories are just making things that much worse. Everyone heard about the Pakistani PM kerfuffle, yes? //www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/26/pakistan-minister-issues-nuclear-warning-israel-tricked-fake/

    And then we have our PE tweeting all sorts of things that are doing nothing to settle down international tensions and have my anxiety level heading for the stratosphere. I really hope he asks for confirmation on information before doing anything precipitous, at least militarily speaking, but the tone of his public communications shows he doesn’t trust the intelligence agencies which scares the #[email protected]$ out of me… I know I’m better prepared than most folks around me, but just thinking about nuclear war is enough to give me nightmares…

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  24. Funny how “perception” is different for everyone.

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  25. Gaye, thank you for this insightful article. It caught me off guard. I got a feeling in my stomach like you feel in a horror movie when the characters go down in the basement of the haunted house. Yikes.

    The truth is I have stopped prepping. I have not finished replenishing my water from when my filter broke and I drank stored water. I still have lots of food but feel revolted by the notion of living on beans and grains. I have a lot of equipment but have yet to organize and cache it.

    The good news is that I am prepping my truck. Just got a cap for it and bed rug with headliner. The truck will have butaine cooking, all the water I can fit, stable food and the bucket toilet setup.

    I bought a used truck to start enjoying life now. I plan to live in it for long periods.

    If something horrible happens to the nation, I can pull the truck into a wooded area and continue living in it.

    This is NOT intended as a great survival solution. It’s about doing what I have always wanted to do.

    Thanks to prepping, I’ll be carrying seeds, first aid, and bugout gear. Things I never would have thought about before. I’ll be using the entire back seat of the cab for storage. All my 7-pound plastic jars of beans and grains can go back there. I’ll be able to boil and store water, chop firewood and all the necessary bugout skills.

    I have not met anyone online who is combining the nomadic life with the prepping and survival life, but I believe it can be done.

    I think the most important thing is knowing where to hide off road because gas won’t be available. Think of the truck as a large metal tent.

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  26. Hello:
    I don’t know how much of what you’re seeing is so much a slow down in people living a Prepper lifestyle as it is a lack of new and fresh information being made available to them…
    There are a “Gazillion” Prepper/Survival sites and blogs out there and so many of them contain information on the same topics.
    How many times and different ways can someone tell you what an EMP event is, what the side effects of one will most likely be, and how you can attempt to minimize an EMP’S effects on you and your equipment…?
    The same holds true with Natural Disasters, a broken Economy, Marshal Law, and a Nuclear Attack on our own soil just to name a few…
    Then you have all of the information on how to be prepared for any of these events and once the basics are covered, such as, shelter, water, food, and protection the rest is just icing on the cake…
    I believe that as “New” Preppers start seeking out information and as new information becomes available for us “Seasoned” Preppers, Prepping sites and blogs will notice an increase in traffic again…
    I enjoy your posts and information, especially on Homesteading…!
    Thank you and have a great day…!

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    • Your wish, Troy, is my command. Expect to see a lot more in the way of homesteading-type articles next year.

    • Hi Gaye:
      Sweet…!
      My family and I will look forward to each and ever one…
      Happy New Years…!
      Be Blessed…

  27. I have tended to be quieter about my prepping lately. I’m constantly on the look out for water receptacles, bargains on shelf stable foods, tools and other useful BOB items. We have been at this all our lives in this house, so it’s common place and everyday thinking for us.
    We have noticed family and friends downsizing and getting basic in their lives too, so we must be a good influence in our immediate circle.
    Remember, $5 will get you five things at the dollar store.

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  28. My extended family decided to help stock up the pantry for another family member and their family. Husband and wife are both retired military vets and of late have had some hard times financially. Due to injuries sustained in the latest two overseas deployments there has been multiple doctor visits, testing, medication and so on. They believe in and are practicing a sustained life by growing their own food as well as hunting. We knew things were very tight for them financially so we asked a parent of this family member to see what we could all do to help. After a visit to their new location it was found that staple items, paper products, food for the animals, canning items, canned goods, etc were very low and worry was setting in with winter coming on. Our extended family eased some of their worries by pitching in and purchasing literally 3 car loads of goods over a two month period. This has helped ease some of the worry and now they can concentrate on materials to build needed pens for some of the animals for the winter. We did not buy a lot of Christmas gifts this year and diverted those monies to this family. There are five growing children in this mix and we were able to help with some new clothing for winter because three of the kids took a big growth spurt since school had started. By closing up a lot of the gaps this family can now keep up with the pantry stocks to help them thru the winter. The garden is already planned for next planting season and it is determined they will need to triple what they plant. This will take care of their family and have some extra to help another retired military family get started with their pantry stocks. In the mean time some of us will gather more canning supplies to help with next years harvest and help locate a second freezer for the meat from hunting or butchering. I still found time to keep adding to my preps and rotating my staples, watching for sales on staple items, check out the second hand stores for items on my list or a family member’s.

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    • Deborah,
      I am touched by your family and the generosity you have collectively shown to the extended family members that were struggling to prepare for the winter. Our vets deserve the best.

      Blessings to you this holiday season!

      Gaye

    • Thank you Gaye. This family member and his wife just turned 30 years old. The things they have been thru during 10 plus years of active duty and they still have a long life ahead of them with physical and mental obstacles from being in conflicts in other countries. I have directed them to your site for the info you have. This is the lifestyle they have chosen since retiring from the military. As a family we all help each other and we are so glad to have them back from the conflicts overseas and closer to us once again.

    • Please make sure they get in touch with the veterans of foreign wars (VFW) and get all of the VA help they can. Remember it is part of the commitment to our soldiers to care fore them.

    • Hey Laura:
      The one exception to that is if you have enough money then you can provide food and water plus whatever other necessities you could ever need for a lifetime…
      I used to belong to a blog where this guy was a prepper, homesteader, had his own security business, was part of a,special forces group, etc…
      Anyway, he would get hired by people with money to come in and set up there homes, bug-out locations, etc… for them.
      He would build whatever they wanted and what he thought they needed, take care of all security measures, set up sustainable food and water sources, stock prepper items for how long they wanted or could afford, helped them pick out the proper weapons to protect their families with, taught weapons training to all family members who were old enough, etc… I believe that I’ve painted a good picture for you…
      He would also post these places and ones that someone else had done for the owners who wanted to sell for whatever reason…
      Some of these places just blew my mind, he always did a walk-thru video to show you everything that you would be getting.
      Anyway…
      One of the places that he was showing for sale came with a 30yrs supply of food and water for four people, that does not include the sustainable food and water sources that were established on the property too…
      So…
      Like everything else in our world, it all comes down to having money…
      Have a great one…!

    • Hi Deborah:
      What an amazing thing to do for families in need…!
      There always seems to be family members who are in need one way or another and I believe that doing something like this is the way it should be…
      Instead of blowing all kinds of money on toys for the kids that many will just end up sitting and collecting dust before six months have passed, use that money to help change someone’s life for the better…!
      Even if all of your family is set and not in need, please still do something like this…!
      There are too many people out there whose lives could be changed from your generosity and believe me, it won’t be forgotten…
      Also, do not forget about the joy you will feel in your heart knowing that you’ve helped change someone’s life…!
      May your family be blessed for your kindness…

    • Thank you Troy for your kind words! Family comes first but also include others. At times we all have or do need just that little assistance to upright life to manageable and we can carry on from there.

  29. Do you have recommendations re: colloidal silver generators?
    Great stuff here, thanks!

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    • I believe John R has one. Hopefully he will see this and respond.

  30. Gaye, after the relief of the election, I have taken a well-earned break in intense prepping. During this time, however, I have stocked up on and been doing in-depth studying of essential oils. I do plan on renewing my normal prepping efforts in the new year (tomorrow!), as I do believe we are all in for financial hard times when our government’s wild spending spree bills come due…

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  31. Great article – thanks!

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  32. Gaye,
    All the comments have said just what I have thought, but there may be another reason why things have slowed down. How many preppers have heard someone say “I don’t need to prep. If anything happens, I’ll just go take it from those prepper dudes!!!”

    I’ve been in that situation of looking down the barrel of my rifle waiting as an intruder tried to get in and realizing in that split second I was willing to kill anyone who threatened my three babies. Your adrinalin is high, yet you’re perfectly calm (ice in the veins?? More like a stomach full of ice water). It’s a feeling that I hope I never have to feel again.

    I think alot of preppers, like me, are starting to realize it’s best to fly under the radar. Fear of email lists being hacked, Powers that be watching…

    I’m glad to see you’re going to be working on more homesteading articals. After all, homesteaders and preppers tend to play well together. 😉

    Deb

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  33. I personally have shifted from a prepper mindset to a homesteading mindset. The two are not mutually exclusive. When I was busy prepping, I often found that I was almost frantic. Applying the same principals but from a homesteading perspective, I find myself relaxing more. Yes there are frantic times–did I plant enough, will the weather cooperate, etc. Prepping was about getting the ‘stuff’. Homesteading is more about learning and using the skills IMO. Hope that makes sense.

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  34. I hope prepping is not dead just taking a break. Bad things can and will still happen. I have shifted my prepping to less defense to more food storage because my security measures are mostly in place . I hope the change in political climate will lessen the chance of a financial collapse but I am sure that it cannot stop one. The Obama admin used the same tactics as the Nazis did in the 1940’s, divide and conquer. Make one or more groups (whites, the police, etc) the enemy, take away the arms, control the food and health care and you can control the people. Remember Paul Revere’s midnight ride to warn that the British were coming was to warn that they were on their way to seize the armory and our weapons. As Hitler said, The greatest mistake we can make is to let the subject races possess arms.

    I believe that the threat of social unrest is only slightly less likely now than before. I believe that those that have allowed themselves to become economic slaves instead of physical slaves will revolt when the government trough has less food in it. We cannot survive if people are more concerned with the me instead of the we.

    Bad times will come again regardless of who is in the White House. Disasters, both natural and man made, will still happen. Social unrest will happen again. It appears but only appears that things are getting better but the need to be prepared will always exist. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”, Ben Franklin.

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    • Very good points and so very true.

    • So very well said.

    • With the recent kidnapping and torture of a white special needs person by 4 black 18 year old teenagers my fear concerning security and defense have risen again. This has just made me ramp up my situational awareness and defenses. Racist come in all colors. I wonder if there will be the same level of outrage for this as there was for the Ferguson, MO situation. The person there robbed a store, was walking down the middle of the street and attacked a police officer when he told him to get out of the middle of the street for his safety and the safety of others. All hell broke out for him just because he was black. The person in Chicago was an innocent special needs individual and not a criminal doing something stupid. I wonder if the Attorney General will get involved in this one and if the race card will be thrown down.

      I believe things will get much worse before they get better. The need to prepare is only getting greater. I fear many will not see this.

  35. Gaye:

    I’ve tried to simplify my life and get more time back for myself by unsubscribing from a bunch of prepper blogs that were overloading me with WAY TOO MUCH email. I had no time to prep let alone read all I was being sent. I’m organizing my preps, assessing what else I need, and continuing to stock up on food and water. (Just filled and treated another 10 gallons of water this weekend.) I don’t think it’s dead. And the ones who have stopped prepping are just fooling themselves.

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  36. Thank you Gaye for reminding us to be ever mindful of prepping and be continually ready for anything that comes down the pike…..I have to admit I also took a breather…I am always aware of what is happening in the world (foxnews)…I have so much stored away I need to go thru it and get organized…make lists. ..and get rid of expired items…I have one huge bin of items I can barter so I have something I can trade for something we might need……

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