Over the last few months, I have been attending monthly meetings strangely called "Prepper" Meetings. This new word has come about by those people across the nation who consider themselves prepared. Like a boy scout, we want to be prepared for any emergency so we stock up on certain items which will help us when the electricity goes out, an horrendous storms comes by or in extreme emergency--the economy/government falls or worse an EMP strike occurs.
Prepper's have interesting reputations. Some preppers are considered very extreme and some are just wanting to keep stocked up on food. Some are considered armed and dangerous because they are so paranoid--they think the sky will fall at any moment. Others, like myself, are just wary of being caught without any food or water in an emergency and want to be prepared. We even keep chickens and have our own vegetable gardens.
We come in all shapes and sizes---all walks of life and religions. It really is a fascinating phenomena. As our country struggles for a better economy and life, those of us who can read the "writing on the wall" will continue to prepare ourselves for the worst.
Make a plan with your family in case you are separated when disaster strikes. This will always save everyone a panic attack if you all agree where to meet or what to do if your family is separated.
I'm a big supporter of neighborhoods banning together for safety. It keeps panic at bay and everyone can help each other. Start a neighborhood prepper meeting and find out how everyone can contribute in an emergency. I think those living in New Orleans wish they had done so before Katrina stuck.
Being a "Prepper" makes good sense because you never know what might happen when.