A shout out, propeller beanie hat tip and all around adulation to JJ Grey for fleshing out my original concept of Tiers Of Preppers. From the worthless posers to the excessive over the top coo-coo for coco-puffs hermits able to live outside society for the next thirty years. The problem was that when you said “prepper” or even tried to substitute that with “survivalists”, it was akin to trying to explain to people that “liberal” used to mean “libertarian”. They might intellectually grasp what you are saying, but the word really retains the new meaning with all its connotations.
“Prepper” never should have been a label, not really. If you were preparing for a collapse of society, you were a survivalist. Anything else, like prepping for a hurricane, was just common friggin sense and was what everyone should do and it wasn’t a lifestyle choice and it wasn’t a hobby. The problem is that an activity was commoditized that really shouldn’t have been. For instance, if I put a bunch of tools in the car in case it breaks down, how does that make me a prepper? It makes me a motor vehicle driver.
But by reading the lowest common denominator advertisement laden pap that passes for prepper publications today ( which would be one of the only good results of the death of Net Neutrality, if a lot of these turds hogging bandwidth went out of business ), if you carry a spare tire in your trunk and have a fireplace along with a central air heater, you are a prepper. BAH! If you don’t have a six months supply of calories, you ain’t even in the club, as far as I’m concerned. And that amount only starts you out as a novice. I apologize if my standards are too high. You’ll thank me shortly. Yes, I know I don’t help the whole labeling problem, with my blog and web name. In a moment of amusement I tried to keep my name similar to its previous “bison press”.
If someone comes up to you and says, “hi!, my name is Billy Doucheface and I’m a prepper! Would you like to come out and play?”, I would strongly advise you to ascertain Billy’s actual rating according to the following tiers before committing. If you are stockpiled with five years of food and all accessories and he has a weeks worth of freeze dried food and an AR with thirty-two magazines with more Mollie gear than a platoon, the odds are you’ll end up feeding Billy really soon or he’ll kill you, which are both suboptimal results.
And before I get to the tiers ( yes, you caught me, I’m trying to stretch this out to more than one days worth of articles ), I don’t know how much of this I was subconsciously pilfering when I made my original comment. It seems there was another article written elsewhere by another about the different types of preppers. Alas, I read so much and category none that these small details elude me when needed. Yet I still believe, to the best of my recollections, that JJ’s concept that the different types be based on “duration” is still unique. I had merely broached the idea, he fleshed it out. Any similar article elsewhere seem to be more coincidence.
Your placement is based on duration of the emergency, or more factually on the duration of disruption. How long you see the emergency lasting determines your standing in the prepper labeling. So, let me just make the list and then we’ll discuss them individually.
2) several hours
5) week long
6) season long
7) year long
8) decade long
9) generation long
10) centuries long
1) None. There is zero duration of significance. For instance, there is a short black out and you are in a store and since you had a back-up of cash on hand you were able to complete the transaction. This could also have happened if there was a interruption in the credit approval process, or you were mistakenly placed on a “do not approve” list. While we are all very happy for you that you could complete your purchase of a Beanie Baby Collectors Edition, I don’t think distrusting banks or your credit card company makes you a prepper. This is in line with the automobile parts example. Being able to arrive on time driving, or being a successful shopper ( you could also call the cash in your wallet a “rare sale fund” ) should not make you a prepper.
The problem being here on this level is that just having a slight situational awareness, even better than the average “sheeple” that has none, really doesn’t translate into Big Picture awareness. There are many and varied other reasons that you could have arrived at similar conclusions as far more prepped individuals. For instance, once before you were stranded on the side of the road and were hot and stressed. By now carrying spare parts, that doesn’t mean you are ready for a bug-out or an EMP, it just means you won’t be as stressed the next time your car breaks down.
Just because you carry cash in your wallet doesn’t mean you know anything about the Federal Reserve system, fiat money, the vulnerability of our banking system to other nation state hacking, or anything similar. And you aren’t preparing for anything life threatening. You are merely reducing your inconvenience duration in a fully functioning system which had an otherwise uncharacteristic hiccup. No one is saying these preps are a bad idea. They just don’t make you a prepper for anything important.
And yes, I understand that due to the longevity of the preparedness industry since the 1960’s or at most the 50’s if you include the fallout shelter construction companies, along with the sheer number of scribblers on the subject, added to the financial pressures inherent in earning a living in the industry while off-grid, after all is said and done of course all these inconsequential subject matters are going to be given a far greater importance than is warranted. That still doesn’t make you much of a prepper at Tier One.
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