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    The Preppers Next Door

    The Preppers Next Door


    A couple of weeks ago, on a leisurely Sunday afternoon, 40 people gathered at a church in Washington Heights for a show-and-tell session sponsored by the New York City Preppers Network. One by one, they stood in front of the room and exhibited their “bug-out bags,” meticulously packed receptacles filled with equipment meant to see them through the collapse of civilization.

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    It seemed important to know if this all-encompassing negativity was histrionic or appropriate — that is, if the hard-core Preppers I had met were crazy or were, in fact, on to something. Just before the show-and-tell, I came across a news report about Dr. Irwin Redlener, the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, whom Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo had recently named to lead a commissioninvestigating how ready the state was for another Hurricane Sandy-like emergency. I arranged an interview, figuring that he, if anyone, could answer my question.


    Although he had a cold when we met at his office in Harlem, Dr. Redlener was a soothing presence — bearded, erudite and open to the notion that ordinary people have a central role in emergency preparedness. The government, he told me, reacted decisively after 9/11, establishing the Department of Homeland Security, so why shouldn’t everyday citizens react?


    “It’s impossible to forget that we live in a world vulnerable to hazards, man-made and natural,” he said. “So it’s legitimate to ask: What is the impact on individuals?”


    His answer was squarely in line with Prepper doctrine. Dr. Redlener said it was rational — indeed, it was recommended — to have a three-day supply of food and water, a working flashlight, a first-aid kit, a radio that runs without batteries and a plan in place to rejoin one’s relatives after a disaster. He talked about situational awareness, a major Prepper mantra. “A prepared citizen is someone who understands how to take care of himself,” he said, “who has amassed the necessary items, who has a plan.”


    When I asked about some of those I had met along the way — say, the geared-up 12-year-old, Leonardo Ruiz Jr., who, dropping his suspicions, later gave his name to a photographer — he gave a forbearing smile. “There’s a spectrum,” Dr. Redlener said. “On one end is mindless complacency. On the other is paranoia. The challenge is to find that place in the middle where you understand that bad things can happen, but it doesn’t consume your life.”


    Then he surprised me. I had never heard even a quasi-government official admit that the authorities would not respond promptly in an emergency, but Dr. Redlener said that “gaps” existed during “mega-disasters,” hours, even days, when there might not be an official response.


    “The well-being of many, many people in harm’s way will be dependent in those gaps on social networks, on community and on individual preparedness,” he said.


    He added, aphoristically, “We are all first responders.”

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    His answer was squarely in line with Prepper doctrine. Dr. Redlener said it was rational — indeed, it was recommended — to have a three-day supply of food and water, a working flashlight, a first-aid kit, a radio that runs without batteries and a plan in place to rejoin one’s relatives after a disaster. He talked about situational awareness, a major Prepper mantra. “A prepared citizen is someone who understands how to take care of himself,” he said, “who has amassed the necessary items, who has a plan.”


    Crap. I'm only missing the radio that runs without batteries. Does that make me a prepper, too?
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    Sandy was just a taste as to the potential disaster of not being prepared should something arise.

    I have a crank radio..... But if your down to that when its teotwawki, then your probably screwed anyway. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev. Hellh0und View Post
    Sandy was just a taste as to the potential disaster of not being prepared should something arise.

    I have a crank radio..... But if your down to that when its teotwawki, then your probably screwed anyway. Lol


    hehehe .... yup, prolly!


    Also. Hadda google that TEOTWAWKI - Wiktionary

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    Great line from the article:

    “There’s a spectrum,” Dr. Redlener said. “On one end is mindless complacency. On the other is paranoia. The challenge is to find that place in the middle where you understand that bad things can happen, but it doesn’t consume your life.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackalope View Post
    His answer was squarely in line with Prepper doctrine. Dr. Redlener said it was rational — indeed, it was recommended — to have a three-day supply of food and water, a working flashlight, a first-aid kit, a radio that runs without batteries and a plan in place to rejoin one’s relatives after a disaster. He talked about situational awareness, a major Prepper mantra. “A prepared citizen is someone who understands how to take care of himself,” he said, “who has amassed the necessary items, who has a plan.”


    Crap. I'm only missing the radio that runs without batteries. Does that make me a prepper, too?
    I live in St. Louis, tornado country and vulnerable to earthquake due to the New Madrid fault south of here. I normally keep about a week's worth of food & water in the basement in case it took awhile to restore services and for help to arrive. No big deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    I live in St. Louis, tornado country and vulnerable to earthquake due to the New Madrid fault south of here. I normally keep about a week's worth of food & water in the basement in case it took awhile to restore services and for help to arrive. No big deal.
    What about a radio that doesn't need batteries, a working flashlight, a first-aid kit, and a plan to let your family know you're safe? The no batteries flummoxes me. Why does it have to be no batteries? What if you have lots of rechargeable batteries?

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    I have batteries that don't need a radio.

    Bring it on Mother Nature.

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    I am tempted to buy a few LIFE STRAWS, to keep in each car as well as home.

    Why take a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angryamerican View Post
    I am tempted to buy a few LIFE STRAWS, to keep in each car as well as home.

    Why take a chance.

    LifeStraw Personal Water Filter | Eartheasy.com
    This thread is about preppers not pee drinkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    This thread is about preppers not pee drinkers.
    Nor is this Straw for that.

    I did add since you replied. Please read above.

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