A lot of people still regard the prepper as someone digging their own nuclear bomb shelter in their garden and ranting about the government coming for them while waving an AR15 at the postman. If this is your view of prepping, it might be difficult to see why YOU should consider basic prepping for what might come so today I'm looking at the common sense normal reasons as to why it is a good idea for everyone.
1) Losing Your Job
Imagine the scenario. You go into work one day to find your personal belongings in a cardboard box and security waiting to escort you back to the door after a brief few comments about you no longer having a job. You may have a wait of several weeks before any unemployment money comes your way. You might not have another working adult in your house and if you do will their wage stretch to covering mortgage payments, bills, running a car, buying in all your food and dealing with medical bills until you get another job?
In our imaginary scenario, say there is one full time worker in the household who loses their job and the other works part time or not at all. Next week most of the bills are due to be paid and you were going on a shopping run at the weekend and planning to fill up the car. Ask yourself a few things:
-what savings do you have and how long will it realistically stretch?
-how many meals can you construct from what you have in the house?
-how long until the government gives you money and how much will it be?
-how long will it be until you find a job?
Imagine it is 3 or 6 months until you find a new job. If you have been prepping you will have a cupboard or pantry full of tasty food waiting for you so you can cut out the expense of any food shopping and concentrate your savings on paying bills. Think about how much you spend on the average shopping trip just on the stuff you need and imagine not having to suddenly find that money in this situation. You can live off your preps quite easily. You'll have food and water for the whole family, you'll have a supply of non food hygiene and cleaning products available and you can cut down your gas and electricity bills by using those camping stoves or solar powered cooking gadgets in the garage if you want to. Either way, if you have a decent supply of the things you always use, and these items will be vital in helping you stick to a tight budget until a new job is found.
Consider the alternative. No job and limited savings while paying gas, electricity, water, mortgage, petrol costs, insurance, medical bills AND a big weekly shopping every week on top of that? Slowly gathering emergency supplies of food and other essentials might not seem like 'crazy prepper shit' anymore...
2) The Short Term Disaster
By this I'm talking about hurricane season, a severe storm that hits suddenly, a sudden power cut that lasts a week, tornado, earthquake...anything that can hit your area and cause disruption for days or weeks but will eventually be solved.
I'm using the example here of a hurricane that brings down a ton of trees, causing the electrical system to break down and mass flooding which has you trapped in your home either by choice to stop looters, or because it happened too quickly to get out. Emergency services will be concentrating on getting trapped people out of their homes and utility workers will need to wait for the flood water to recede before the power can go back on. Imagine you are out of power for two weeks and having to be totally self sufficient.
-do you have bottled water to last two weeks?
-do you have decent food that does not need to be cooked?
-have you got an alternative way to cook and boil water?
-do you have alternative options for light and heating that don't rely on gas or electricity?
-do you have pet supplies?
A prepper pantry and a few common sense purchases will give you the ability to stay in your home (as long as it is safe to do so) and allow you, your family and your pets remain there for whatever length of time the crisis lasts. It means not trying to argue about how many pets, if any, you can take to the evacuation centre and what things you will have to leave behind. It at least gives you some options to think through. If you don't have these options you either need to evacuate or you will be very hungry until things get back to normal.
Preppers look at keeping supplies 'just in case' and that might not always mean 'just in case there is nuclear war or a zombie apocalypse'. 'Just In Case' covers all of these common problems as well and that might be what most preppers end up using their supplies on rather than the EMP or longer term disaster. But the point is, having a good supply of essentials has you covered for any short term issue and gives you an advantage in a longer term issue. It gives you more options than most people and will stop the panic if the unexpected happens.
After all, it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.