Common Myths and Misconceptions About Preparedness

When it comes to preparedness, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths out there. Unfortunately, the mainstream media likes to focus on the fringe, instead of looking at the very real need to be prepared. Here are some of the top preparedness misconceptions I come across; sadly a lot of these prevent people from becoming more self-sufficient and prepared.

Preparedness is about preparing for end of the world disasters.

Asteroid Smashing into the Earth

Despite what you may see on T.V., prepping is not about preparing for the end of the world. While those building bunkers, in preparation for some hypothetical asteroid smashing into the earth, are often the ones who receive media attention, the fact is, preparedness is really about preparing for those small-scale events in life that can feel like the end of the world if you’re not prepared.

Things people commonly prep for include:

  • Natural disasters
  • Man-made accidents
  • Criminal attacks
  • Home invasions
  • Terrorism
  • Medical emergencies
  • Economic problems and job loss

Preparedness requires spending all sorts of money on fancy gear.

Lots of money

Preparedness doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact those who prepare by training , taking time to study the threats, and preparing themselves to physically and mentally face dangers are often the ones who come out on top; not the guy with the most gear.

Preppers are crazy tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists.

Wearing Tinfoil Hats from the Movie SIGNS

These terms are often used to discredit anyone who doesn’t fall into line with the mainstream news or government view of the world.

Listen you can bury your head in the sand — in fear that someone will call you a conspiracy theorists — or you can recognize the reality of the world we live in; bad things happen, disasters are a part of life, and evil really does exist.

The same people who use the tinfoil hat expression to discredit preparedness are the same ones who seem to forget events like:

  • The Great Depression (and countless recessions and economic collapses throughout history.)
  • Common cyclical natural disasters. (Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the Japanese Tsunami/Earthquake)
  • Constant wars (The Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, and the list goes on and on…)
  • Multiple civilizations and governments who have all fallen.

Preppers are paranoid and live life in fear.

Fearful women

First off, I don’t think fear is necessarily a bad thing – especially when used in the right context.

Everyone was born with something called the fight or flight response. This genetic gift has kept us safe since the beginning of time; alerting our body to danger, and pumping things like adrenaline to our throughout our body so we can react quickly during a life-threatening experience. That being said, living in fear is never a good thing; but I don’t believe that’s what preparedness minded people do. In fact, they do just the opposite.

Preparedness is the key to killing fear; it’s also the key to making sure it doesn’t overcome you when things do go bad. It’s those who fail to prepare that will someday be overcome by fear, all because they failed to prepare for events we know will someday happen.

While popular culture likes to portray Preppers as paranoid, I believe they are just doing what countless generations before us did; only know it’s looked at as some sort of anomaly.

Preparedness is all about wilderness survival

Forest in the Mountains

This is another idiotic notion largely fueled by the mainstream media and compounded by the rise of Survival T.V. Shows. It’s also one of the reasons I wrote my book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World.

I’m not trying to knock wilderness survival, I spend a lot of times in the great outdoors; so it wouldn’t be very preparedness minded of me to not have these skills, but for the vast majority of people who find themselves facing a disaster, these skills provide very little real-world help. The fact is, there aren’t many resources out there for dealing with urban disasters, and unfortunately a lot of the so-called experts have very little experience dealing with urban disasters, threats, and criminal violence.

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  1. FANTASTIC article. I really enjoyed reading this. I feel if the rest of the population doesn’t want to prep they have a great possibility of being left in the cold. Don’t come knocking on my door.

  2. I agree…most people really don’t want to know that life, as they know it, could quickly deteriorate. Too many people are so dangerously reliant on power companies and electronic gadgets, that if the power simply went out for an extended period (as little as 2 weeks), great tragedy could happen. I shudder when I see a panoramic view of a crowded city like New York…can you imagine if the power grid went out there for a few weeks. People would resort to fighting and killing…just to survive.
    I find it quite satisfying to be prepared and self reliant. Don’t follow what the masses are doing, most are headed for the “cliff’s edge” (Lemmings).
    My goal is to gently, but quickly “wake up” the many sheeple. Keep up your good work..we are all in this together.

  3. Things people commonly prep for include… I would add: riots, pandemics, tornadoes, forest fire, ship crash, difficult situations like when your car brakes far from civilization etc.

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