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What Are Preppers Really Gearing Up For? — 3 Comments

  1. Mills must live in a city and never lived rural. My ‘disaster’ preparedness is not media or news coverage driven. It’s based on living rural and experiencing a variety of natural disasters, and realizing that under-preparedness can be life threatening, and that no one will come to save me in a timely manner. When ‘First Responder’ services are an hour away without a ‘disaster’, one tends to grasp the fact that you have to be your own ‘first Responder’ particularly in any major disaster. Media coverage of a natural disaster can certainly encourage people to do something for themselves, (like becoming prepared for a possible evacuation or power outage) but it’s not the game changer Mill’s seems to think it is. Just my opinion.

  2. I also wonder about the self-selection bias in Professor Mills’ research. Who chose to talk to him? Certainly a privacy minded, cautious individual would think twice about identifying themselves as a prepper to anyone they did not know well.

    Those who would choose to talk with him? Perhaps some of the same sorts of people we saw on the “Doomsday Preppers” program?

  3. While I found the information in the article interesting, I did have some issues with it. Nevertheless, I posted it in order to present to you another viewpoint that exists out there. Personally, I think Professor Mills is too sheltered from real life to make any reasonable conclusions from his “research” on what preparedness is or why people prepare. Like most people in academia, it’s likely he has been told so often how smart he is that he fails to realize his ignorance in real-world issues. I don’t say this to be mean or snarky, just an observation I’ve made.

    All in all, though, I thought it shown preppers in a positive light, in that most are not gearing up for the breakdown of society, but rather are concerned with any number of disasters that can occur. I disagree with the role “nonstop media coverage” plays in someone’s decision to be prepared, but I’m certain there is an element to this. There needs to be exposure to the potential events, but I’m not sure how many of my fellow preppers are glued to non-stop coverage of disasters.

    I also take issue with this assumption or conclusion “In the eyes of the public” that preppers are people getting ready for societal collapse. If anything, it’s the MEDIA that is obsessed with this perception of preparedness minded people.

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