What Are Preppers?

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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 t
o 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
The Homesteader
The Stocker
The Taker

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.

Prepper Social Networks have also formed around this movement. A.N.T.S is one such network and while there have always been people who have anticipated and prepared for disaster, "prepping" as a discernible movement has emerged only recently, with the growth of such sites. 

The Prepper Movement is growing into an American subculture, The demographic contrasts starkly with the secretive, backwoods bunker survivalists of the 1970s and '80s.

Two good podcast are linked below if you would like to learn how to become a prepper.

Twenty steps to take; for the person who has just decided that it is time to do something, but not quite sure what that “something” is.

Prepper, Survivalist, or Homesteader - The Survival Podcast

Is there a difference between preppers, survivalist and homesteaders?

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