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The Top 50 Excuses For Not Prepping‏ by Michael Snyder, The American Dream May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

Michael Snyder  The American Dream  May 21, 2012

With the way that things are heading in this country, it is not surprising that there are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today.  What is surprising is that there are not more people prepping. The economy is rapidly falling to pieces, the national debt is absolutely soaring, the earth is becoming increasingly unstable, a major war could erupt in the Middle East at any time and the fabric of our society is coming apart right in front of our eyes.  We have become incredibly dependent on technology and we have become incredibly dependent on our economic system.  If a major natural disaster, a killer pandemic, an EMP attack (Natural-the sun or man made) or the imposition of martial law caused a significant transportation disruption, America would literally change overnight.  We live during a time of tremendous global instability, and yet most people still see no need to start prepping at all.  Most people just continue to have blind faith in our leaders and in our system.  But what happens if our leaders fail us?  What happens if our system collapses?  What are they going to do then? Will you go to the FEMA concentration camp?

The number of preppers in the United States today is steadily increasing, but the vast majority of people out there still see no reason to start getting ready for “the end of the world as we know it”.  Most people just assume that things will always somehow get better or that they will somehow be immune to whatever calamities are heading our way.  Most people always seem to have a “good excuse” for why they do not need to prepare.

The following are the top 50 excuses for not prepping….

1. “The U.S. Economy Is The Greatest Economy On The Planet – There Is No Way That It Could Ever Collapse”

2. “Once Barack Obama Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better”

3. “Once Mitt Romney Wins The Election Everything Will Be Better”

4. “When Things Get Really Bad The Government Will Take Care Of Us”

5. “When Disaster Strikes I Will Just Steal From Everyone Else That Has Been Busy Preparing”

6. “The Rapture Will Be At Any Moment So I Don’t Have To Worry About Prepping”

7. “The Economy Has Always Recovered After Every Recession In The Past And This Time Will Be No Different”

8. “The People That Are Running Things Are Very Highly Educated And They Know Exactly What They Are Doing”

9. “Wal-Mart Will Always Be There”

10. “Our Politicians Are Watching Out For Our Best Interests”

11. “The 2012 Apocalypse Is Almost Here And We Are All Doomed Anyway – So Why Even Try?”

12. “Preppers Do Not Have A Positive Mental Attitude”

13. “If An Economic Collapse Comes I Will Just Go On Welfare”

14. “There Are Some Things You Just Can’t Prepare For”

15. “Prepping Is Too Expensive”

16. “We Are Not Like Other Countries – U.S. Cities Are Designed To Withstand Major Earthquakes”

17. “I Need To Save Up For Retirement Instead”

18. “The Stock Market Has Been Soaring So Why Worry?”

19. “I Don’t Have Room To Store Anything”

20. “Prepping Is For Crazy People”

21. “I Don’t Believe In Conspiracy Theories”

22. “All The Food I Store Is Going To Go Bad”

23. “I Would Rather Spend My Time Watching American Idol”

24. “All The People Who Freaked Out About Y2K Look Really Foolish Now, Don’t They?”

25. “I Don’t Want To Look Like Those Idiots On ‘Doomsday Preppers’”

26. “An EMP Attack Could Never Happen”

27. “There Will Never Be A Nationwide Transportation Disruption In The United States”

28. “Instead Of Being So Paranoid, I Would Rather Just Enjoy Life”

29. “If Society Falls Apart I Wouldn’t Want To Continue To Live Anyway”

30. “There Will Never Be Another World War”

31. “I’m Too Lazy To Grow A Garden”

32. “If You Assume The Worst Is Going To Happen Then You Don’t Believe In America”

33. “Deficits Don’t Matter”

34. “I’ll Always Be Able To Get A Job In My Field”

35. “If There Is A Financial Collapse All Of My Debts Will Be Wiped Out So I Might As Well Live It Up Now”

36. “If Things Hit The Fan I Will Just Go Move In With My Relatives Who Have Been Busy Prepping”

37. “Those That Believe That There Will Be Massive Riots In American Cities Someday Are Just Being Delusional”

38. “My Spouse Would Think That I Have Finally Lost It”

39. “I Don’t Know Where To Start”

40. “I’ll Just Deal With Problems As They Arrive”

41. “I Don’t Have To Prepare For A Natural Disaster – That Is What FEMA Is For”

42. “We’ll Never See Martial Law In The United States”

43. “I Don’t Want To Scare My Children”

44. “Once I Get Rid Of All My Debt Then I Will Start Thinking About Prepping”

45. “My Relatives Already Think That I Am A Nut Job – I Don’t Need To Make It Any Worse”

46. “If People At Work Find Out That I Am Prepping It Could Hurt My Career”

47. “If There Really Was A Good Reason To Prepare They Would Tell Us About It On The News”

48. “People Have Been Predicting Doom And Gloom For Years And It Hasn’t Happened Yet”

49. “The United States Is The Greatest Nation On Earth – There Is No Way That It Could Collapse”

50. “I Don’t Plan On Becoming A Card Carrying Member Of The Tin Foil Hat Brigade”

  1. Krager permalink

    You mean that if Obama isn’t reelected that things might not get any better? I’m shocked.

  2. Bob permalink

    I’m in a difficult position as a career fire-fighter, 22 years on the job. Do I “bug-out” at the first sign of trouble? Fortify in place and hunker down?

    Or do my job as best as conditions allow. And be aware.

    I know what I have to do.

    • All public servants are in a difficult situation. I would look at what happened in New Orleans when Katrina wiped out the city. Many of the emergency crews were divided between caring for their family and the public. One has to do as their conscious tells them, but you have to sleep with tonight what you did today.

  3. Feral permalink

    What is the consensus…how much time do we have before SHTF? or before civilization becomes zombies?

    • Not sure there is any consensus of time, a lot of it depends on what kind of collapse and how severe. Many believe we are heading for a Greek-like collapse, while others believe we are going to slowly slide like Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

  4. Rancor permalink

    If the post-SHTF world is overrun by the unprepared (lets call them zombies), and pockets of the prepared (preppers, for lack of a better term) are all that’s left, then how long until some semblance of stability emerges? Will there be a central govt. again anytime soon, or will we turn into a group of tribes, like the American Indians at the time of the settling of the west? Perhaps the void will be filled by an invading/colonizing army from the east.

    • That depends on the scenario Rancor. Over at the Union Creek Journal, Toby has an invading force from NATO and the UN, mostly Chinese troops invading the US. In my zombie stories I have not gotten to that point yet, but I believe in this type of collapse it will be a while before a strong central government rises again. Some people believe we will live in this Luddite post-apocalypse utopia after the collapse. I disagree, because I believe life is going to be short, hard and will suck. I like all my creature comforts, like air conditioning and hot water.

  5. dhymers permalink

    I’m pretty certain of a couple of things. The effects of peak oil are straining our energy infrastructure already, I forsee by late 2017 ish that $5/6 gas spikes will be a norm (of course mitigated by extra capacity coming online elsewhere in the world, and of course the SPR) its difficult to see exactly how widespread energy shortage issues are going to be or how soon and how long, but I believe it is going to be a major contributing factor to collapse of any kind.

    Come hurricaine season in those next few years if we get another katrina, the same situation with refineries might repeat, but be felt more accutely nationwide.

    The scary level of ignorance and lack of imagination among the general population is also, as Alan has outlined going to make any collapse triggers orders of magnitude worse. I see a very few small communities growing their own food and working on alternative transportation and water sources, but those efforts could quickly become overrun by hordes of unprepared.

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