In short, preparing is the process of preparing to survive without a complex infrastructure such as that existing in modern society. The term “preparation” often refers to the act of preparing for life during and after an apocalyptic event. Like all people, every coach is unique. However, there are some “basic levels of preparedness” that most types of preparers will fall into.
Most preparers fall into one or more of these categories. Although preparers are still considered a kind of subculture, recently there has been a growing representation of different facets of the community in popular culture. The TV show “Doomsday Preppers” introduces members of the preparation culture and details some of their projects, although it often sensationalizes a fairly simple preparation practice. A person who is prepared or who strives to be prepared for an incident, natural disaster, etc.
A person who is actively preparing or preparing for situations that may affect the stability of the home, life or financial situation. Also known as survivors, doomsday preparers. Preparing is about creating plans, gathering resources and developing skills to overcome emergencies, disasters and survival situations. The scope of preparation is wide and depends on the individual prepared, from simple power outages to apocalyptic events.
Some people choose to lean toward preparation a little more than a single step, and such people are commonly called preparers. Financial stability, saving money and a stash of cash or precious metals is the worthy goal of many preparers. A preparer is also a term for a preppie, which dates back to 1962 and refers to a certain type of rich, young and white person, stereotyped for wearing polos and engaging in expensive hobbies such as sailing. Someone related to preparatory school or preppie aesthetics is still referred to as a coach, although this use is less frequent.
Throughout my time on the SHTF blog, and since founding Prepper Press, I have gained a deep understanding of preparers and preparation. These meanings of preparer still exist, but today the preparer is more popularly associated with survivors, who try to prepare (therefore prepare) for various hypothetical cataclysmic events, such as major natural disasters, nuclear attacks or even the Rapture. Trainers are adults who recognize the value of these concepts and choose to be prepared, both in mind and body, to care for themselves and their families, regardless of the challenges they face. The media often paints preparers in an unattractive light due to a few extreme preparers who make an impressive, but unrealistic story.
Like Mel Tappan, these preparers come to readiness as a natural extension of their interest in firearms and self-defense. This could be due to their specific needs (suburban trainers, for example) or personal interests (tactical trainers, for example). The following are my observations on the evolution of the prepper, both as a term and as a movement, because what was once a largely simple lifestyle of self-reliance has been transformed into more modern coping strategies. Because they prepare in advance, preparers stimulate the economy and demand for production in times of abundance.
Along the way, they discover that there is a community of like-minded people with information, support and friendship to share like that of the SuperPrepper network. Hurricane Katrina (August 29, 2000) was, before COVID-19, the largest event that gave life to the preparedness movement I have ever observed. .