5 Reasons Why People Are Not Prepping?

May 20, 2012 by

There is always time

Will time run out?

As a prepper, I am fairly certain that in my neighborhood of 30 homes, I am 1 of maybe 3 homes that has any kind of emergency preparation supplies.  The interesting part is, most of those 30 homes could afford to prepare to survive if they wanted to.  So, why are more people not preppring for when the SHTF?

The consequences are there.  We’ve seen it highlighted time and time again.  A few of those consequences are highlighted below and many are ones that you don’t think of quickly.

What horrors they will likely face after a cave-in of their nation’s economy, war, geophysical upheaval, or whatever crisis is bad enough to disturb or stop their nation from working and functioning? There are plenty of very potential SHTF events that are simply awaiting a catalyst to trigger them.

■ The Non-Prepper (NP) has to realize right off the bat that 911 and other emergency calls in will be met with silence or some recording telling the caller not to panic.

■The (NP) that has no reliable self defense that can stop an attacker, will not get help from public services, and will become a victim of rape, assault, torture, or murder.

■The (NP) that has no reliable self defense and will not only be at the mercy of criminal elements, but also have to contend with many desperate animals, some with rabies.

■The (NP) that has no food will either have to find food or be ready to beg for food or worse, like sacrificing their bodies or other horrible acts or things to get a bite of food.

■The (NP) will have to go through the worst, most rancid conditions of garbage to just maybe find what they should have stored up.

■The (NP) will go through panic and near if not total psychosis looking for any water source right before their bodies begin shutting down during advanced stages of dehydration.

■The (NP) will go through unbearable trauma when their children and other people around them are crying, screaming, and suffering with intense hunger pains in their stomachs.

(more in original article) Source: SHTF Plan

So, given all these horrible outcomes when the SHTF, why do rational people sit back and do nothing to prepare to survive?

1. The Government Will Provide For Me

I believe this is the most common reason for most sticking their heads in the sand.  In an emergency, most people believe that police and fire personnel will come running for them.  And if things get really bad, we’ll all get help from the National Guard.  How did that work out for the people in Hurricane Katrina?  And that was during a time where a crisis or disaster was NOT hitting the rest of the country.  Many rescuers and first responders during Katrina where folks from other cities and states as the local authorities were either overwhelmed or taking care of their families.

What will happen when the crisis is nationwide and these folks have to worry about their families?

More importantly, government intervention assumes that there are funds available to provide these services.  When towns and cities are forced to cut police and fire, who will respond?  Just look at how other countries have faced disasters and responded.  It won’t be pretty.

2. Like Life Insurance, They’ll Never Need It (“That Won’t Happen To Me”)

Believing that your life can change that quickly is a difficult concept to grasp.  It’s tough to picture if it’s never happened to you.  Most preppers I know have faced a disaster of some kind (albeit some small).  This experience has opened their eyes to what it could be like if things really get tough.

Perspective is a difficult concept and, as humans, we need that personal experience to truly shake us to action.  It’s like life insurnace.  Unless you face a near death experience or know someone that has passed too soon, you likely don’t see the need.  Some people have the foresight to think, what would happen to my family if I suddenly died?  How would they provide for themselves?

Most people play the percentages and think, “What are the odds that this will happen to me?”.  I think that is likely why most are standing pat.  They see the warning signs, understand the potential consequences but then convince themselves that the chances of it happening are small.

3. I’m Wealthy, I Can Buy Whatever I Need When Things Go South

We are taught to keep an emergency fund of money on hand in the event of a rainy day.  I believe that many think their account balances will provide a safety net in the event of an emergency.

I also believe that many people think that money in the bank and investment brokerages is wealth.  However, they are not considering what happens to that wealth when access to it is not there.  In Argentina in 2001, banks froze account holders’ accounts leaving them without the ability to withdraw.  When they were able to withdraw, their mostly dollar denominated accounts were converted to pesos at HALF of their original value.  Just because you receive an account statement from a bank or brokerage house doesn’t mean you’ll have access to those funds.  Remember MF GlobalBernie Madoff?  JP Morgan?

Even if you have access to cash, the US dollar could be nearly worthless depending on the crisis.  If so, gold, silver and useful items (food, water, ammunition, etc) will have the true value.

4. I’ll Look Like A Crazy Person

Let’s face it, some preppers look a bit crazy.  We saw an example of a few on Nat Geo’s Doomsday Preppers show.  The last thing anyone wants to feel is like they are the only one believing the sky is falling.  Humans have a drive to believe they are “normal” or part of a group.  When you are the only one on your block storing canned foods and water for survival, you certainly don’t feel that way.

Even I admit that I don’t go out of my way to tell people about my prepping as it will truly take me awhile to explain what I am preparing for.  Also, people are quick to judge and no one wants to be the outcast of the neighborhood.  I think that people see prepping for a true disaster along the same lines as wearing tin foil hats on their heads so the government can’t read their minds.

5. Because The Media Is Not Talking About It

Finally, the reason that scares me most out of the five.  When you tell someone about the Department of Homeland Security buying 450 million rounds of ammo, their first reaction is “I didn’t see that on the news.”  Most people tend to live their lives by getting their national and world news in 15 second sound bytes rather than research.  It’s just easier that way.

The issue is, you will never seen the media discuss surviving when the SHTF because they’d be accused of causing people to panic.  In fact, many of major channels are touting how much better things are getting out there.  Talk about misinformation.

Good thing for us preppers that alternative media sites/channels are out there to provide information buried by the mainstream media.

So, what do you think?  Other reasons you think that people are not prepping?  I’d love to hear your comments below.

In a future post, I’ll tackle how we, as preppers, can get our friends and loved ones to pull their head out of the sand and begin preparing their family for survival.

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  1. gat31

    Living in Florida with hurricanes always an issue it’s a wee bit easier to get people to at least store some candles and batteries and maybe a few gallons of water. That said, it still is nearly impossible to get them to do more than that. After any really bad storms the government is here within 48 hours helping them out so they don’t see the need.

    • It’s a shame because when things go really bad – they will expect the government to be there and they won’t. Hope all is well gat!


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