The ‘Prepper’ movement has become synonymous with apocalyptic fear-mongering and gun-toting paranoia, but as Antony Funnell discovers, there’s much more to the movement than camouflage clothing and underground bunkers.
Every scout knows the value of being prepared. But for a growing subculture of so-called ‘Preppers’, preparedness has moved well beyond DYB, DYB, DOB, DOB.
At the extreme, some are busy stockpiling armaments, food and clothing while awaiting an inevitable Armageddon: be it religious, economic, social, or ‘all of the above’.
They’re the visible part of the Prepper story, but they’re not the whole story.
Other more moderate souls see being better prepared for a possible misfortune as not only prudent, but a return to values of personal self-reliance and responsibility.
I think with modern technology and social media, just being able to see how often disasters happen makes people realise that it really can happen to them too.
Tom Martin, The American Prepper Network
‘Preparedness covers a lot of bases. It puts you in a better situation so that you have got the tooling behind you or the skills or the knowledge so that you can prepare for any change in direction out there that comes your way.’
Joycelyn, Big River Trading Co
‘My preference is to have more of a wider community resilience and a family resilience ... and that ruggedness that Australians historically have been renowned for, just being able to make do and being able to look after your mates in a tough situation. That to me is more in line of where we need to be in this country as opposed to each individual family building its own bunker and stocking it with rifles.’
Rich Hungerford, Bushlore Australia