You may not be aware of it, but prepping is a growing national hobby. Well, hobby isn't the right word, but people are spending their spare money and time making sure that they are ready for major catastrophe. The best preppers are making sure they can provide their own food, shelter and security for at least three months with no local or federal government intervention.
It is the folly of every generation to think they will be the last.
Yea, stuff will hit the fan. But even in situations like Katrina, it's a regional disaster and things will get back to normal quickly, or you can at least get somewhere safe. It's good to have a plan, but you don't need to pile up two years worth of food.
Admit it. You watch the news and think the world is unraveling. You watch shows like "The Walking Dead" and wonder how long you could survive. Preppers embrace these thoughts, instead of letting it eat them up inside.
They are anxious about recent terrorist attacks from Paris to San Bernardino, California; pandemics such as Ebola in West Africa; potential nuclear attacks from countries such as North Korea and Iran; and the growing political, economic, and racial polarization in the U.S. that has deepened during the 2016 presidential race.
Nationally, dozens of online prepper suppliers report an increase in sales of items from water purifiers to hand-cranked radios to solar-powered washing machines. Harvest Right, a Utah company that invented a $3,000 portable freeze dryer to preserve food, has seen sales grow from 80 a month two years ago to more than 900 a month.