posted on Jan, 21 2013 @ 06:39 AM
I am from the United Kingdom and never really gave prepping much thought. But recently i read a thread on ATS which made me think that maybe i should
start because i have been Unemployed for a couple of months after the company i worked for entered administration and after reading.
I though how much easier would the last couple of months been if i had stockpiles and such. I could have made my money last so much longer. So after
much deliberation when i am employed again i will begin to Prep.
But this left me with a greater question. Why are there so many preppers in the USA but practically none in the United Kingdom ? So i decided to look
All over America, there are millions of Americans that are quietly preparing for doomsday. They are turning spare rooms into long-term food storage
pantries, they are planting survival gardens, they are converting their homes over to alternative sources of energy, they are taking self-defense
courses and they are stocking up on just about anything you can imagine. They are called "preppers", and their numbers have absolutely exploded in
recent years. In fact, you might be living next door to one and never even realize it. According to a recent Daily Mail article, there are
approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today.
Others believe that the true number is significantly higher than that. This movement has become so popular that there are now even television shows
being done about preppers. The most popular is probably "Doomsday Preppers" on the National Geographic Channel. This movement is still growing and
is not going to go away any time soon. In fact, as the world continues to become even more unstable it is likely that a lot more Americans will find
themselves becoming preppers in the years ahead.
So i was able to establish that America has millions of preppers. So i looked into how many people prep in the UK and i was unable to find any
national statistics ( If anyone can find any please do post ). So i looked into prepper groups and found out how many members one of the UKs biggest
prepper groups have.
Well here at the P2S Network we have over 1750 members (and growing daily), that are preparing for all types of situation, from severe weather to loss
of mains electricity due to solar flare. However, most are prepping for those events that we all experience. Hikes in the cost of food and utility
prices, unemployment and zombie invasion (OK, maybe not the last example).
Which to me looked like an incredibly small amount of people. Bearing in mind that's only from one site so there is probably thousands more. But
still that's nothing.
I was even more shocked to find this article, because there is an large amount of American female preppers on this website. Where as in the UK female
preppers are few and far between.
Annie Durbin, pictured here with her with survival equipment, is believed to be one of Britain's only female 'preppers' American ex-pat, Annie
Durbin, who lives in east London, is a new recruit and believes she is one of the only woman preppers. She said: 'The specific point that I became
interested in prepping was in the summer of 2011, just after the riots. I thought, wow, you know, this is really serious. If this handful of kids can
shut down London, you know, what happens if something really major happens?' So she has stocked up on canned goods and grains which will last three
months. She said: 'I think it should be sufficient, because if the s*** did hit the fan, I would probably not be able to stay here very long anyway.
So I think that amount of food is probably about right.'
She then goes onto say something i didn't expect people would pack in a survival situation.
'Even if you’re out surviving, you still want to look nice, don’t you? Still a matter of self-preservation, taking care of yourself, I think
that’s very important. Especially if everything around you is collapsing. 'Apparently I am unusual being a female prepper. There don’t seem to be
many others around. But I probably do think of issues that men don’t think of. 'I’ve got lots of condoms, and various lubes and things, because
even in times of hardship, people have sex.
Although after giving it more though it makes sense as you don't want to be spreading disease around in that way.
Now i am only going to be prepping for future monetary problems. But most people prepare for the end or big time disasters.
Which brings me to the end of my post and my final statement. Why are more people in the UK not preparing for unforeseen events because if SHTF in
America it would undoubtedly affect us as well. Is it that we just feel like we are better prepared without having to do more. Or is it that we are
ignorant and don't believe the end will come ?