Are you a Prepper or Survivalist?

Prepper or Survivalist

Prepper or Survivalist?

I get asked this question a lot.  But what people are really asking is “What really is a prepper, is that the same thing as a survivalist?”

A prepper, by definition, is someone who prepares.  Nothing more, nothing less.

It’s that simple.

But for argument’s sake, I’ll give some examples;  A homesteader is a prepper, so is a survivalist, so are first responders, and so is someone who has made a prudent choice to install a smoke alarm in their home and have an evacuation plan.

So what do all of those people have in common?  They all prepare for something in one form or another.

The question is sort of like asking “Is that a Humvee or is that a vehicle?”  Well, it’s both!  But not every vehicle is a Humvee, and likewise, not every prepper is a survivalist.  But all survivalists are preppers because they prepare.

Sure you can have whatever Adjective-Prepper you can think of like Doomsday Preppers, or  Homestead Prepper but that does not mean that every prepper has a homestead nor does it mean that they all believe in Doomsday.  Do we say Ice Road Trucker and automatically assume that all truckers drive on ice roads?  No, so then why should we believe every prepper is a “Doomsday” prepper?

Of course the media would like everyone to think that we’re all preparing for the end of the world, but we already know they’ll even throw their own people under the bus, or in front of a hurricane just to sell headlines.  (Don Henley’s Dirty Laundry comes to mind.) So I don’t put much faith in the opinions of the media.

But what about our confused government?  Here we have the Department of Homeland Security on one hand who considers us all as extremist groups while  FEMA actually tells us to prepare and have a 72 hour kit on Ready.gov and the CDC tells us to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

The divide and conquer mentality is not surprising though. The concepts of self-reliance and individual preparedness is a threat to the powers that be.

Nowhere in the history of humankind has there ever been such a unified movement across the political spectrum.

Think about it, where else could you possibly see articles featuring the latest AR-15 accessories, the best gardening tips, news on peak oil, and how to knit a pair of socks all in the same place? It’s not always about zombie Apocalypses, doomsday asteroids, and alien invasions (domestic and intergalactic)

I’ve seen people new to the movement from every political persuasion say something like “I’m not a prepper, but I do prepare for_____”.…..

Oh you prepare do you? and you say your not a prepper? Hmmm, interesting.  Do you wear a seat belt? Own a gun? Have a smoke alarm?  Own insurance? Then you just might be a prepper! Welcome to our mighty band of misfits, welcome to the club of humanity.