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The only reason "prepping" is even a thing is because so many people are used to living in the city, day-to-day. Anyone who lives in the country (or an area prone to natural disasters) knows to have extra food, water, tools, etc. It's just common sense.
Priorities (arguable, depending on scenario):
1) Water (store some and get a filter)
2) Food (MRE's, dehydrated, freeze-dried... or just rice and beans, depending on budget)
3) Shelter (your home + tent/camper/etc)
4) Self-defense (guns... more ammo than you need)
5) Transportation (ideally fuel efficient and off-road capable: dirt bike. but that's unrealistic for families, so this one can require many different approaches)
Are we really to a point where the average American doesn't have those five things available to them without having to go shopping?
A few cases of water won't break the bank and I have a water-filter for camping/backpacking. I got MRE's out of curiosity and some for free. Freeze-dried for camping/backpacking. Rice/beans are standard in the pantry, doesn't break the bank to buy more than you need. Probably have a roof over your head if you're on-line and own a truck. Camping gear is a given in any household I know of (living in Colorado). And guns... maybe it's just Colorado but there's more guns than people in the US, it's not exactly hard to own one (depending how fascist your state is). And for the last one... if you're on here, you probably have a truck capable of transporting you (possibly your family) and go off-road if necessary (within reason).
I don't see why it's so hard to be prepared without being labeled a conspiracy nut. Everyone in society has become way too comfortable with their security. I learned from my parents, grandparents and history professors that... well, quite frankly, **** always hits the fan eventually. It's inevitable based on the observations of human/societal behavior, historically. How delusional does one have to be to think that, somehow (magically), this society/civilization will be the first one in history to last forever? Yeah, right... if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.
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