Skip to comments.DOOMSDAY Preppers vs. DISASTER Preppers - What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate
Posted on 12/05/2012 7:58:13 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
A few days ago, I posted this blog: Doomsday Preppers are Socially Selfish. The role of a blogger is to foment discussion an it certainly appears thats what I did. I very much appreciated most of the 150+ comments except perhaps the ones that called me stupid, nuts, arrogant, ignorant and a few personal emails that were much more graphic.
I wrote this for the emergency management community, who pretty much misunderstood what I was saying. Social media is certainly powerful and I had no idea this would be so controversial.
FIRST .. let me offer a heartfelt apology. The title of that blog was misleading because there is a difference between DOOMSDAY Preppers and DISASTER Preppers. My sister, Marilyn, is a great example of a Disaster Prepper although she calls it stocking up while working with her community. I asked her what the difference was and she said Disaster Preppers want to prepare for a prolonged power outage (all to common these days), while Doomsday Preppers are preparing for half the world to be destroyed.
For the record, I was a practicing emergency manager for over 20 years before I retired last year. The words 'All Disasters Are Local' are permanently inscribed on my brain. I would NEVER discourage or disparage work being done in communities as part of CERT or any other volunteer group. Those are the folks who are going to save the world. I can also unequivocally state (and I dont know an emergency manager who would disagree with me) that NOBODY should expect help from their government during the first few weeks of any major disaster. The issues we saw in Katrina and Sandy (among others) only confirm it. The people who needed help right away were the ones who didnt prepare...
(Excerpt) Read more at emergencymgmt.com ...
It is against the law to be the little red hen or the hard working ant...
We are living in the animal farm of the lazy grasshoppers...
How is it selfish to be storing food and medicine for an emergency? I have to be storing it for my entire community, otherwise not at all?
This author seems more like a liberal do-gooder to me. And makes no sense.
Whether I prep because there might be an earthquake or financial collapse, the end result is the same. I’m ready, no matter what scenario plays out.
This is PURE CYA
She probably will never actually tell us what is selfish about preparing for troubled times.
survival of the human race doesn’t mean saving the entire membership of the species. Just enough to carry on.
She’s right on target.
Yea, just like there's a difference between a storm and a tempest. *rollseyes*
This woman is insane. This is a CYA to another article she wrote.
Preppers are selfish? -BOGUS
Preppers hurt others?? That is insane.
Second Civil War File.
Hahahha, this woman is a commie/thug/thief If I’ve ever read/heard one.
I read the entire thing, all comments, etc.
She wouldn’t bat an eye to jack your well planned supplies to give to thugs and idiots.
Also, she even admits in one post that “of course I’ll be taken care of, I have a government post to help other losers” (paraphrased).
I mean, these people really do think we are stupid like their followers.
I think the real mind blow for people like her is that there are so many people not so stupid as to buy into her commie crap hook line and sinker.
And I hate this “old-white-angry man” meme (tangent). I’m white and 30 (hardly old), and not really “Angry” so much as terribly disappointed in my fellow countrymen.
This country simply can’t survive united, it gets clearer every day.
WHY does everyone insist on sticking together? What is in it for each group?
We can be separate and still engage in trade and resource mixing, just like we do with China, now.
Bring on the calamity!
The selfishness of the doomsday preppers is real but is harmless because the scenarios in which they get to play out their selfishness will never come to pass. They’re harmless in the same way that the rapture crowd is harmless. The rapturists fantasize about airliners full of unbelieving doubters getting their just comeuppance when the Christian pilot is raptured out the cockpit. But it ain’t never gonna happen. Likewise the doomsday preppers look forward to the day when the doubters are either herded into FEMA stadiums or are forced to beg at the doorstep of the doomsdayers’ hidey holes for a few C-ration crumbs. But again, it’s never going to happen. What will happen is what the lady who wrote this piece describes: the local community will rally to meet needs. The doomsday crowd is correct only to the extent that the more people have stocked away some supplies, the less difficult will be the work of the community.
Preparations for a social collapse or disaster: non-perishable foodstuffs, water (and water purification equipment), medications and bandages, firearms and ammunition, firewood and facilities to use it for heating and cooking, . . .
Preparations for doomsday: rightly confessing faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ, baptism and chrismation, repentance and confession of sins, prayer, fasting, vigils, frequent reception of the Holy Mysteries, . . .
Yeah, we’ve been through this before, twinkletoes.
Actually, I suspect that the community will confiscate “excess food” for the “community good”. Which is why advertising that you’re a prepper is incredibly stupid. . .
Right. That’s why doomsdayers need to practice good “OpSec”. You don’t want the zombies to know about your stash.
I prepare to live. Regardless of the circumstances.
Just like great grandma did.
You want to make out that preppers on FR are evil.
I don't have fantasies about disasters.
You might have fantasies about people you imagine might dream about disaster.... but that's several removes from reality.
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