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A prepper is an individual that prepares and makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle, so that they can continue to live without a significant reliance on other persons with the ultimate goal of being self reliant.
Preppers are sometimes identified as modern-day survivalists or neo-survivalists, but are far from the stereotype of survivalists past. They have many different mindsets and cover a broad spectrum of survival and preparedness interests, from small personal disasters to long term global events, but generally fall into one of four groups:
The survivalist is a person that stores food and supplies, but can live off the land as a hunter gatherer.
The homesteader is a person that stores food and supplies, but can also live off the land as a gardener farmer,
The stocker is a person that stores food and supplies, but will have trouble surviving after they run out.
The taker is a person who prepares by learning th skills necessary to take what they need from others and while they may call themselves preppers, they are really marauders.
The Prepper Movement is growing into an American subculture, The demographic contrasts
starkly with the secretive, backwoods bunker survivalists of the 1970s
Two good podcast are linked below if you would like to learn how to become a prepper.