There Are Now Approximately 3 Million Preppers In The United States, Why Are They Hated So Much?

By Michael

Have you noticed that it has become trendy to bash preppers?  For a long time the prepper movement was ignored, but now it has become so large that it is getting very difficult for the mainstream media to pretend that it is not there.  In fact, it has been estimated that there are now approximately 3 million preppers in the United States alone.  So now the mainstream media has decided that mocking the movement is the best strategy, and lots of “critics” and “skeptics” out there have picked up on this trend.  Instead of addressing the very real issues that have caused millions of Americans to prepare for the worst, those criticizing the prepper movement attempt to put the focus on individual personalities.  They try to find the strangest nutjobs they possibly can and then hold them up as “typical preppers”.  The goal is to portray preppers as tinfoil hat wearing freaks that need to be locked up in the loony bin for their own personal safety and for the good of society.  The criticism of preppers has really ramped up in recent months, and it will likely get even worse in 2013.  The establishment does not like any movement that is outside of their control, and the prepper movement is definitely not under their control.

Often, hit pieces on the prepper movement are disguised as articles or shows that are supposed to be “balanced” looks at the movement.  This is especially true of shows such as “Doomsday Preppers“.  That show is the highest rated show that the National Geographic channel has ever had, and it can be a lot of fun to watch.  But if you notice carefully, they almost always try to feature people that they consider to be “freaks” or that are “on the fringe of society”.  Many other “reality shows” follow the exact same recipe.  The goal is to draw high ratings by running a “freak show” that people can’t help but watch.

Even if you go on such a show and try to do your best to explain your prepping in a rational and coherent manner, they will still edit the footage so that it makes you look like a freak.  It really is a no-win proposition.  These shows are trying to make it clear that preppers should be mocked.  The underlying implication is that these people are crazy and that what they are doing is stupid.

And at the end of each segment, the producers of the show are careful to include reasons why the prepper that was just featured is being irrational and why the things they are preparing for are extremely unlikely to happen.  Just in case you missed the message they have been trying to communicate the entire time, they come right out and tell you the conclusion that you are supposed to come to.

And of course we see the same attitudes reflected in reviews of the show.  For example, the following is from a recent Los Angeles Times review of the new season of Doomsday Preppers…

Still, it’s hard not to feel for young Jason from tiny Plato, Mo. (pop. 109), who is awaiting worldwide financial collapse with his homemade, nail-studded “mace-ball bat,” and that his is a life on the verge of going completely wrong. “I’m not afraid to have to kill,” Jason says, in his camouflage pants and dog tag, and there seems to be no question in his mind that it will come to that. (“Jason has always been a worrywart,” says his mother.)

Or for Big Al, from Nashville, who is getting ready for old-school nuclear war by digging down into the earth and surrounding himself with steel. (“I prefer not to use the term ‘bunker’ — to me, it’s an underground house.”) He spends months at a time by himself down there, training for the inevitable — which he expects to weather alone — cooking different combinations of canned goods and, you know, spending too much time alone. One leg pumps constantly as he talks.

The preppers don’t want my pity, of course — quite the opposite, I’m sure. The joke will be on me, they would say, when I am expiring from fallout or smallpox, being carried away in a tornado or torn apart by the hungry ravaging hordes. (I am not even prepared for the Big Earthquake that might more probably get me.)

Would this Los Angeles Times reporter mock other groups of Americans in a similar manner?

Probably not.

But the establishment has made it clear that it is open season on preppers, so this particular writer mocks them with no fear.

Not that any prepper that is thinking clearly would go on a show such as “Doomsday Preppers” anyway.  Sure, it is nice to be on television, but if you are a serious prepper then one of the last things you want to do is to go on television and advertise your preparations to millions of people.

Others have picked up on the contempt that the establishment has for preppers and have started to issue their own critiques of the movement.  For example, an “emergency manager” named Valerie Lucus-McEwen recently published a blog post entitled “Doomsday Preppers are Socially Selfish” that got a lot of attention…

You might wonder why someone like me, who has been in the business of encouraging disaster preparedness for a very long time, is so critical of people who are doing just that. It’s because they are being socially selfish – preparing themselves and the hell with everyone else.  Instead of spending time and energy making changes that would benefit the larger community, in their very narrow focus of loyalty they are more concerned about themselves.

Emergency Managers can’t afford that kind of attitude.  It is diametrically opposed to everything we do. Our job is to prepare individuals and communities and jurisdictions and regions and – ultimately – the globe for disasters, knowing we won’t always succeed.

She followed up that venomous attack with another blog post in which she declared the following…

Selfish is defined as concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself, seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage or well being without regard for others. By that definition, DoomsdayPreppers are socially selfish – Disaster Preppers are not.

Subsequently, she has issued a very brief apology, but what she wrote is very typical of the type of thinking that is out there these days.  Anyone that does not “trust the government” and attempts to become “self-sufficient” is actually very “selfish” and is not “being a good citizen”.

And sadly, it appears that being a “prepper” is now enough to get special attention from the authorities.  For example, a 46-year-old prepper in rural Maryland named Terry Porter recently had his home raided by 150 armed law enforcement officers.  The details of this incident were described in a recent article by Paul Joseph Watson

According to a charging document filed in Washington County District Court, Porter “openly admitted to being a prepper” (as if this was an illegal act in and of itself) and said that he was “very irritated” about the recent presidential election. Porter had also invested in an underground bomb shelter and had installed surveillance cameras on his property.

Once the investigation into Porter began, police discovered that he had a 1992 felony drug conviction and was therefore barred from owning firearms. On Thursday last week, no less than 150 armed and militarized police and FBI agents in the guise of tactical assault teams descended on Porter’s house as if they were confronting a terrorist cell. The raid also included helicopters, SWAT crews, armored vehicles and even excavation equipment.

Porter was absent at the time of the raid but turned himself in the next morning at Hagerstown Barrack.

After the raid, the claim that Porter was stockpiling “10-15 machine gun-style firearms” was demolished when police uncovered “four shotguns, a .30-30-caliber rifle and two .22-caliber rifles,” hardly a deadly mass arsenal.

Would 150 officers have shown up at his home if he had not been identified as a “prepper”?

Of course not.

But “preppers” have been labeled as “dangerous” and “crazy” and that is the way that law enforcement authorities now treat them.

So why are preppers hated so much?

It is because they are a direct challenge to the status quo.  Just by prepping, preppers are proclaiming that they do not have faith in the system.  But most people have complete and total faith in the system, and many of them do not like to have that faith questioned.  As I have written about in other articles, polling has found that most Americans expect that the government will take care of them if disaster strikes.  Most people have been trained to “trust the experts” and to “trust the government” all of their lives, and that conditioning can be very difficult to overcome.

This blind faith in the system is a big reason why so many Americans have not made any preparations at all.  In fact, one recent poll discovered that most Americans do not even have three days worth of food in their homes…

A recent survey found that 55 percent of Americans have less than three days supply of food in their homes. Many people have no emergency supplies, or even a first aid kit.

That absolutely astounds me.

Another poll discovered that 64 percent of all Americans are “unprepared for a major natural disaster”.

So what is going to happen to them if something even worse than a major natural disaster hits?

For example, what if the electrical grid went down and we had no more power for an extended period of time?

Well, one survey found that 21 percent of all Americans believe that they would survive for less than a week, and an additional 28 percent of all Americans believe that they would survive for less than two weeks.  Close to 75 percent of all Americans said that they would be dead before the two month mark.

So I guess we sure had better hope and pray that nothing goes seriously wrong, eh?

The truth is that it isn’t the preppers that are crazy.

Rather, it is the people that believe that everything will always be fine and that the government will always take care of them that are crazy.

Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and now is the time to get prepared.

You may get mocked a bit for prepping now, but later on you sure will be glad that you prepared for the worst.


“Doomsday Prepper” Raided By Police, FBI After Criticizing Obama

Paul Joseph Watson
December 7th, 2012

A “doomsday prepper” in a rural area of Maryland became a target for police and the FBI after he told an undercover cop that he was “very irritated” about Barack Obama’s re-election, sparking an investigation that eventually led to 46-year-old Terry Porter being thrown in prison and having his home raided by 150 armed officers.



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  • Navy91

    I saw headlines for this story but didn’t read it until now. WOW! That is just sick! What a waste of time and resources! They are just proving to the world what we already know, that they can’t be trusted with our best interests… only their own.

  • Nobody

    HELLO !!!
    They just had a killer, climate change-induced storm of the century (more to follow, of course)!!!
    As for that poll taken of useless Umericans, Prepping is about NOT GIVING UP !!! Sure, it’s easy to just roll over and die, or commit suicide, rather than live through hard times. Besides, there are other reasons to store beans, buillets & band aids: Job loss, as well as for smaller and shorter regional disasters. Oh yeah…just like Hurricane Sandy, where the money requested for rebuilding is less than what was asked for, not to mention any actual flood or storm surge engineering preparations for the future.
    Can you say ‘Catabolic Collapse’? It’s happening on the East Coast (Irene, then Sandy), and the Gulf Coast (Katrina, then the Macondo Well blowout). Only partial recovery from each event, then the next one hits…

  • Jamie Sue

    The double messages of contempt – on one hand; and “we must prepare for..(fill in the blank for whatever numerous crises are on the horizon)” is really hypocritical by a dumbed down media!! With tornadoes, earthquakes, or electrical fragility – any person is foolish not to prepare – no matter if its for 72 hours or many months or years!!. Its foolhardy not to.
    The media talks out of both sides of their hypocritical mouths. We are told by FEMA, major cities and our own conscience to have something on hand so as NOT to be among the roaving masses who live in ignorance and are the ones scampering for any bit of crumbs that may be left on the shelves of the store after the stampede by fools who do not plan ahead but live in la-la land!!!
    Not preparing, no matter how large or small is a criminal act against our family, especially when the freeloaders don’t get their check from Unca Sammy!!

  • Badger

    Preppers are the next “RICH” that will be forced to share their wealth. Keep your heads down and do not let anyone know what you have.

    • Nobody

      Damn Right!!

  • Durak IronHyde

    Operations security is not just another word, it is of extreme importance to any prepper. Keep your mouths shut and quit feeding the reality shows.

    • Refugee

      And there in lies the real problem, people can not keep their mouths shut.
      As for the idea of prepping being selfish, baloney. I expect most preppers either intentionally plan extra supplies on hand or are at least willing to help out friends, family, neighbors or the occasional wanderer if something happens. The bottom line is that people have to take some sort of responsibility and prepare something for themselves and thier family because we prepper types can’t save everybody and it should be more than evident to anyone with a half functioning brain that the government is either incapable or unwilling when disaster strikes

  • ian807

    The first rule of prep club is that you do NOT talk about prep club…

    • 577nitroexpress

      Damn straight. Keep stacking.

  • ldmaster


    If you dont think your local police department is keeping track of you, you have to think better.

    Nearly any mid size to large police or sheriff’s department has an “intelligence bureau” – you’ll always here about it in terms of anti-gang, or more recently anti-terror – but it has a much more insidious purpose. Federal grants, through the FBI and DHS are available to help local departments “enhance” local data. What IS “enhanced” local data? it’s not anything like checking for current phone numbers, or the whereabouts of sex offenders. It’s about “threats” – defined quite open as any and all people who could be considered “dangerous”, for any number of reasons. I know I’m a big flag in my local department’s database. I know this because I have friends there, and they tell me that I am. What have I ever done? I think one of the flags said, “known to always be armed with rifles and shotguns” – extremely dangerous.

    No criminal record.
    Prior law enforcement.

    The only times my guns have ever been pointed at anybody was in the line of duty – that’s it.

    Every time you open your mouth at a “local” gun store, you run the risk of exposing yourself to an “undercover informant”.
    Every time you wear an NRA hat to the local government meeting to voice your opinion.
    Every time you “explain” to your neighbors about how they should get ready in case of some sort of emergency – you WILL get “dimed” – because you’ll be “scary” no matter how reasonable and friendly you are.
    Every time you appear at a political rally concerned with your freedoms, you are photographed and identified.
    Every time you order “bulk” from the ammo supplier, your UPS station is reporting you.
    Every time you do an online search on ANY topic that might be related to any topic that scares a politician – you will be marked.

    it’s been explained to me that in order to enhance local data, data mining companies databases are used – which means any e-commerce you conduct gets you flagged. I was surprised to find out that they had data on me that went back fifteen years (prior purchase), phone numbers of prior employers, lifetime address history, lifetime NEIGHBOR listings.

    The only way to keep out of their clutches is to live a simple life. That’s it. Do not make yourself stand out in any way, be what is termed a “gray man”.

    I saw one of the Doomsday Prepper families on a national talk show. And the father admitted that he had been trying out for “Survivor”. It then made sense to me. He risked his family’s safety for the remote possibility that appearing on TV would get him a chance at appearing on TV. Each and every Doomsday Prepper who agreed to be profiled is a certifiable egomaniac IMO. They just don’t realize that their biggest enemy will be their high profile in local government databases.

    The “safety manager” or whatever she is, will be sending teams out to these home, and others, to “requisition” any supplies they have stored – these teams, of course, will be carrying guns.

    Stay low, don’t get noticed – even THIS post is going to mess me up a bit, but I’m already a lost cause as I know I’m on my local government’s radar.

    The part about not getting noticed? It goes double if you think you’re “one of the good guys” (like me) – you DO have something to hide, and you WILL get it taken from you.

    • Carrie McColl

      Thanks for that post. May all the preppers be gray. I have been accused of prepping because I own a farm and we make and store all our own food, make our own cheese and milk. Shoot game in season. I have severe allergies and I have to know what is in my food because my life depends on it. My grandmother would be proud of me even if the government is not. I wish you luck friend.

  • Prep2Bless

    Noah, Abraham, Abigail, David, Nehemiah, and Joseph were all preppers. They were considered crazy in their day also. . .happy to join the club

    • 577nitroexpress

      pleas remove your religion from prepping it makes the rest of us look crazy.

      • LeftTheCity

        If you look at the Bible simply as a historical document, you’ll see that Prep2Bless is correct. Please take your atheism with you as you leave.

        • 577nitroexpress

          Damn straight I’m a atheist and proud of it. We true conservatives lost because you nut job bible thumping loons, keep trying to make religion the conservative platform. Well congratulation moron you’ve successfully destroyed the country and handed it over to the liberals. Learn to deal with your mortality and stop using the bible as a crutch for your feeble brain.

  • Solar Wind

    Sorry you guys do not impress anyone. . .so you won’t be noticed. . .and most certainly avoided. . .lucky you. If you all stick together with you snotty stringy noses . . .you’ll be just fine. cough cough

    • David Munro

      Sorry to hear about your “solar wind” condition. Perhaps less fiber would help. Is it “solar because of the sun shining out of your rear end?

  • Jon

    One fifth of Americans couldn’t survive a week without TV or their iCrap? Good, that will at least clean out the gene pool a little.

  • Carrie McColl

    Don’t advertise your preps, don’t talk about your plans with anyone outside your group of chosen. Have your contingency plans A B C. Never stop prepping, always learning new skills. Have a backup location. Out Survive the sheeple.
    For most people this does sound paranoid , however 50 years ago it was common to have a year worth of food stocked in a pantry, a kitchen garden and a family garden in every home place, chickens in every back yard, and a family milk cow. Seriously how can we have gotten so complacent that we feel the government should take care of us? “Prepping” is actually more normal around the globe than what we do in the US as a society. Now the guns and that kind of thing, preppers are different there , but preppers know that societal breakdown will push people to the brink. In economic collapse people will starve, die because they can’t get medical care or medicines, shoot each other over the last can of dogfood. Preppers do not want to be those people. They should be commended and copied, not mocked. They will not be the ones in soup kitchen lines, or rationing lines or work lines weighing down what little the government has left to give them.