12 April 2013

Prepper Vs Survivalist: What's the Difference?

From the National Geographic "Doomsday Preppers" is ready to show ordinary people ask me what is the difference between a Prepper versus survival. There are as many opinions as there are preppers and survivalists, but let's look at the broader definitions.

A Prepper is a person who cares not be a helpless victim in an emergency such as a natural disaster, terrorist attack or a grid failure. Preppers stockpile of food and supplies and resources are the "Go-To" people there neighborhoods. Preppers are the kind of people you want around if something goes wrong.

The term "survivalist" generally refers to a person who is preparing for the extreme, with a focus on concerns about the collapse of civilization. Therefore, a survivalist is more likely to focus on self-defense and having a "bugout location" - such as a cottage in a remote area - where they can withdraw if there are riots and civil unrest.

The fact is that there is much overlap between survivalists and preppers vs they probably have more in common than differences. Generally, it is just a matter of degrees.

One thing they have in common is a concern to food shortages, which could occur due to a number of different things that have happened.

So now you know the difference between a Prepper and survival. One that best suits your attitude in preparation instead of being a victim? And how confident are you that you will never agree if things go south ...