The Evolution of Prepping

A question popped into my head the other day. Who were the first to start preparing for an uncertain future? In other words, who were the first preppers?

Two hundred years ago, no one used the term “prepping.”  They didn’t need a term because EVERYONE WAS A PREPPER.

Think about it. People lived in a time where they had to take care of their own needs.  Sure, they might be a local doctor for emergencies and a traveling salesperson or local store for some tough-to-make necessities.  But, in general, everyone knew how to do things like…

  • Grow their own food
  • First aid remedies
  • Sew clothing
  • And many more of what we call “survival skills”

Off and on since the industrial revolution, prepping has come back into style. But its popularity usually doesn’t last long.

During the first two World Wars, the government encouraged people to grow their own food because there was concern about the food supply.

During the Cold War, some people built underground shelters to protect their families in case of a nuclear attack. Schools conducted emergency drills and just about every home had a stockpile of food and water… just in case.

But then things got better. Modern conveniences got more modern and more convenient. Americans again forgot how important it is to prepare. Today, most Americans don’t even have three days’ worth of non-perishable food on hand.

Now it’s time to address another question. Why has prepping gotten a bad name with many people?

Folks in the Old Testament thought Noah was crazy for building a huge boat in an area of the country that was mostly desert. But he turned out to be right. One would think preppers would get a better reception today than they do.

That’s not usually the case. Preppers are sometimes considered paranoid at best and insane at worst. And that’s scary, if you think about it.

If a significant amount of people think preparing for an uncertain future is crazy, imagine what will happen when the electrical grid goes down for a lengthy period of time.

Talk about crazy! That’s when insanity will rule. Millions of unprepared people will start scrambling for their survival.

The chaos that will ensue will mean only preppers will survive. And even they will have a big problem if they don’t figure out how to protect their stuff and themselves.

There are still plenty of people who still understand how important prepping is.

In fact, some of them have started up conventions to raise awareness and help people get ready for the unknown.

PrepperCon is one of those conventions. It’s an annual, two-day event. It was held earlier this month in Utah.

This national preparedness and survival expo showcases preparation fundamentals and advanced training, self-defense solutions, firearms, survival skills and food storage.

It also features first-aid, tech-gear, homesteading, alternative energies, archery and hunting supplies. Plus opportunities for networking with other preppers.

There are more than 80 instructional classes and stage presentations. Attendees can meet TV and film celebrity speakers, join panel discussions, experience disaster simulations and even see a prepper fashion show.

So, regardless of who the first preppers were and why some people look down on preppers, prepping is still alive and well.

And that’s a good thing when you’re facing an unknown future.


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