What is a Prepper? This word has come up a lot lately. Thanks to the current global pandemic and all, many people are asking the same question: Who on earth was prepared for a disaster like this?
Well, in a word: Preppers.
A prepper is a person who makes active preparations for unplanned future events.
I should know, I’m one of them. I’m Prepper Pete, LandCentral’s own Survival Guru. I’ve been called a survivalist, Boy Scout, and a bunch of other titles that basically describe the same thing. When the poop hits the fan, I’m ready for the fall out.
Now Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. We can be women, men, children. We can be of any nationality, race, and religious affiliations. But we do have one thing in common. We’re prepared for literally any emergency. No, we aren’t hoping for a disaster to strike, though there are those extremists out there. Instead, we’re just gathering supplies and making a plan.
Remember Aesop’s fable about the busy Ant and the playful Grasshopper. Well Preppers are the ants, forever preparing for winter. And the rest of society seems to be the grasshoppers, caught unprepared and left scrambling when disaster strikes.
Many of you may have known a Prepper in your lifetime, you just didn’t know it. Think Grandma kept all those jars in her cellar for decoration? Anyway, to give you a better idea of just what a prepper is, here’s a fun list of some of my favorite real & fictional Preppers
- Burt Gummer (Tremors movie series) – Sure, he’s a paranoid survivalist with an enthusiasm for firearms, but in the first Tremors movie, it’s Burt’s prepper habits that ultimately save the day. He kills one Graboid monster with his arsenal of guns, and the other final monster is killed by Burt’s own homemade bomb that he was able to whip up in a flash thanks to his stockpile of supplies. Proving when it comes to monster movies, it pays to have a Prepper on your side.
- Noah (The Bible) – Ah, the original Prepper. This guy was prepared for literally the end of the world. He built the ultimate survival bunker, aka: the Arc. He gathered enough supplies to survive 150 days and managed to save two of every species on earth, becoming a true hero for repopulation! Now that’s a prepper to admire!
- Rambo (Rambo: Last Blood) – A prepper on steroids! No matter what you think of this guy, in the latest Rambo film, he puts prepping on another level. Not only does he have a bunker stocked with supplies to last a few years in isolation, but he’s created a complex network of tunnels that look more like an underground city than a survival hideout. While Rambo’s prepper heart is in the right place, let’s hope when disaster strikes, it’s a lot less violent.
So there you have it, friends: 3 Famous Preppers Who Stole Our Hearts. Once again, I’m Prepper Pete, and I’ll be stopping by LandCentral on occasion to help you unlock your inner prepper. If you want to get started, might I suggest a piece of raw land in a rural area. It makes a great place to escape to when the rest of society falls apart.