As you may know, I like to frequent the SurvivalistBoards forums but, sadly, rarely get into the discussions because I’m usually just not fast enough to comment. That said, this post on The Biggest Threat to Preppers grabbed my attention and I thought I would share it here. Before even reading the OP or any responses to it, I found that my immediate reaction was “NO! It’s going to be your neighbors!” My next reaction was that it could well be the government. After that I thought about an assortment of family members. 😉
Heck, preppers didn’t even make my top 3 list! So, I read his post and a few comments about it. Here’s the OP’s statement in full (exactly as posted):
“the biggest threat to preppers will be other preppers, let me explain……every the average prepper has six months to a year of water and food so what happens when the supply runs out….not u have a prepper hungry and thirsty with a weapon looking to do whatever it takes to survive…..all you need is a blow torch and a metal detector to find every buried safehouse and bingo one safehouse or bunker will fall one at a time ……..my solution I am building my underground bunker in a location with lush vegetation and with material that will not show up on metal detectors ….so what do yall think of this theory”
I took away from his statement that he meant that over time preppers will be the biggest threat because they’re going to be the only ones left when even their supplies run out and, more importantly, when their supplies run out they’ll come looking for more. Now that I think about it maybe he’s right?
Well, maybe not.
First, I understand that when times get tough it could very well be “every man for himself” and, while I certainly can’t say that we’re all Saints, I’d like to think that the vast majority of us preppers are morally better than the average person… survivalists… not so much. At the very least we’re naturally more prepared and more likely to have solutions that we can rely upon beyond the “I’ll come and take it” mentality.
Second, what’s to say that within six months to a year that my supplies won’t have run out too? I’d consider myself lucky to honestly make it that long… and that has little to do with my supplies and gear.
Third, I can see that it’s far more likely in a long term grid-down scenario that a year from the start you’re more likely to run into people who have prepped themselves beforehand but I would suspect that there will be plenty of “non preppers” who have survived and will cause plenty of trouble for you and yours.
In short, I don’t see preppers as being any more of a problem than the average person and, hopefully, will provide more solutions and help to the community than not.
So, what do you think? Is the OP right, wrong, crazy? Will preppers be more of a problem than most people in six months?