On a rainy day: who are the preppers and what can they teach during a pandemic
“I am seriously interested in what is in the heads of people who violently buy all the products and household goods that they see? What will the famine come about? That all factories, farms and factories will close? ” - says the author of the channel “Notes of an immigrant, life in the USA” on Yandex.Zen.
In the USA, in general, there is such a special category of people - preppers (from the word "get ready"). In a nutshell, these are people who believe in the imminent end of the world and, accordingly, are preparing for it. They build shelters, defensive systems, stock up on weapons and ammunition, learn the basics of hunting and combat, learn to live with a minimum of resources and, of course, stock up on water and food.
At the same time, everyone is preparing for his doomsday: someone for an economic collapse, someone for an epidemic, someone for a war, someone for a nuclear explosion, someone for a zombie apocalypse. In general, here anyone has enough imagination and conspiracy theories.
Moreover, this topic in the states is quite popular. They have their own shows and programs where they show what they did and how experts evaluate the degree and quality of their training. And even glossy magazines are with useful information.
That’s exactly who has a holiday right now. Not in the sense of a holiday-holiday, but this moment: "Yeah, but I said!" They twisted a finger at the temple, and now they’re panicking.
What preppers can teach us during a pandemic
While the number of people infected with coronavirus continues to grow, people are actively stocking up on food, medicine and other materials. Although fears of the virus spread faster than the disease itself, products such as cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer disappear from store shelves. Some people, sensing economic opportunities, even sell masks and other protective equipment on the streets or on the Internet, often at overpriced prices.
But there is one group of people who do not have to rush to Target or Walmart to stockpile: the so-called "preppers", or people who take some kind of extreme measures to be always ready for emergency situations. Preppers always have everything they need to withstand shock.
Actually notes T, many of us could learn something from preppers - a 2017 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that nearly half of Americans did not even have a basic emergency care kit in their home.
Of course, some preppers go far beyond a simple emergency kit. Jason Charles, the firefighter who runs the YouTube channel The Angry Prepper, has a closet in his apartment for storing emergency rations and other equipment. Each member of his family even has a special bag for possible immediate evacuation.
“My stocks can provide for my family for a year and a half,” he says.
James Hobel, founder of the Mountain Survival School, says situations like coronavirus make it clear that it’s wise for people to have some essential items on hand. And also, it’s vital to have a plan in case something goes wrong. He is particularly concerned that urban residents tend to be overly dependent on services that may not be available in an emergency. Also, these people are usually not sure what to do if they have to stay at home for a long time - during mass quarantine, for example.
What should ordinary people store in case of emergency, such as an outbreak of coronavirus?
The CDC recommends having at least one gallon (3,8 liters) of water per person per day and a three-day supply of food that requires almost no cooking or cooling. The expert also recommends avoiding salty or spicy foods, as they can increase your need for drinking water. You will need to keep this kit up to date - CDC recommends replacing consumables every six months.
8 things that preppers advise you to buy during a crisis
Given that many states are asking people to stay at home as long as possible, it’s useful to have some essential items on hand — in addition to toilet paper and hand sanitizer. About my personal experience, prepper USA Today said Josh Centers. Here's what he recommends having at home to deal with the crisis.
A good prepper always has batteries at hand. Most often they are intended for flashlights, radio and other things. But you certainly won’t want to be without them if you are locked at home. You may not use batteries to turn on the radio to contact rescuers, but what about your kids' toys and remote controls (especially during the evenings with Netflix)? Think about all the things in your home that require replaceable batteries, and imagine life without them.
I don’t know how I would live without multitool - it’s like another hand. Here are a few things I use it often for:
- opening packages with a knife;
- pulling a splinter with a knife;
- wire cutting;
- pruning small branches.
Infrequent use includes anything you want - right up to the opening of cans.
3. Knife sharpeners
A sharp knife is safer than a blunt one. This is illogical, but it is a fact. And it’s unbearable to use a blunt knife. Buy a special tool for sharpening knives - it will cost you less than $ 25. Follow the attached instructions and your knives will sharpen quickly, even if you had no idea how to sharpen them. I use a tool to sharpen, including kitchen knives, chisels, scissors and a razor.
4. Nitrile gloves
Now it’s hard to buy them, so I'm very glad that I always had a large bag with nitrile gloves on hand. Nitrile is more durable than latex and does not pose the same risk of allergy. Gloves are convenient for a variety of things: cleaning, changing dirty diapers, working with dirty cars and dead animals. But now I like to wear them whenever I need to go to the store. When you take them off, be careful not to get your hands dirty.
5. Food stock
Now, after respiratory masks, food rations became one of the first items to sell. Emergency food packages can feed one person or family for several days or even months and remain unspoiled in the pantry for literally decades. They are often sold in a bucket with a lid. Some vendors sell large jars of various foods that can be stored safely for years.
Those with too many dry foods, such as beans or rice, can buy 5-gallon bags of mylar, which can be filled with food, and then sealed with a hair iron or for clothes. The bag can be placed in a 5 gallon storage bucket.
6. Adhesive tape
Is there something that duct tape cannot fix? I recently used a bunch to fix a gap in the tarp that serves as a roof for my tractor. In extreme cases, it can be used to patch holes in clothes, as emergency equipment, to light a fire, and you can even make a wallet out of it. Just do not use adhesive tape on wet surfaces - it will not stick.
7. Positive psychological attitude
The best you can get during this time: a positive psychological attitude. It is proven that this significantly increases the chances of surviving in a bad situation. We all have moments of weakness, but negative perspectives win you before you even act. We live in terrible times, but your best choice is to remain optimistic, focus on the positive and remember that you are grateful.
8. Home garden
Not everyone owns the land, but even having a backyard can offer opportunities that are not available to residents of apartments, such as creating a garden or raising chickens. Many preppers even have remote areas in the countryside, ideal for social isolation.
If you have a time machine, you can go back in time and buy 50 acres, but now it’s best to use what you have. The food supply chain is at the limit of its capabilities, and even if empty shelves are a symptom of panic shopping, rather than actual shortages, everything will help to relieve supply stress. Now is the right time.
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