Most preparers aren't crazy, they're just very prepared for disasters or the end of the world. However, some preparers take preparation too far. The answer to the question: “Are preparers crazy? is unequivocal: “Mostly not. Trainers are enthusiastic people who believe in taking personal responsibility for themselves and their loved ones.
In my book, a preparer is simply “someone who does the preparations (a.k.a. Prepare, prepare) before a possible emergency situation. Yes, some trainers are individualistic to the point of being antisocial. Right-wing survivors, in particular, are often motivated by paranoid, apocalyptic, and racist or conspiracy beliefs.
A massive apocalyptic industry satisfies its fantasies with expensive survival supplies of questionable utility. And, if you really want to get into the subject of why preparers are seen as crazy, here is a video that Dale Goodwin and I recorded for the YouTube channel The Survival Preppers. A preparer places emphasis on self-sufficiency, stockpiling supplies, and acquiring survival knowledge and skills. Many preparers hide some darker items, such as gas masks and hazmat suits, but these items aren't as dark as they seem.
You may think that preparers are crazy and still do a little here and there in your own life to be prepared for unexpected events. At the other end of that extreme are those who expect all the “real preparers” to be extremely religious, have the latest most expensive Rambo equipment, and be on the far right of the political spectrum. But, our daughter and her husband are one of the reasons I can't understand the current culture “Preparers. In my experience, some preparers are just as responsible for the negative opinions that others have of preparers as anything the non-preparer community has said or done.
I call it a bug-out bag or bug-in bag because that's how I was trained in the army, not because I'm a “trainer”. Seriously, when I used to watch “Doomsday Preppers” I considered some of those people to be geniuses (I think that's the Latin plural form of “genius”). While some preppers are casual, others may be considered “crazy”, taking things too far and exaggerating overboard. Trappers are often portrayed in movies, books or media as a little crazy people who live in an underground bunker, who think the world will soon end.
If a person talks about his preparatory activities, then, at the very least, other people are very willing to take advantage of you.