Monday, May 25, 2009

Spike in "Suburban Survivalists"

A nice article I found this morning, written by Gillian Flaccus, a writer for the Associated Press.

Crisis Spurs spike in "Suburban Survivalists"

Gillian writes about how every day people are starting to wake up when it comes to the shape out country is really in economically. How ordinary people that would never think like a "survivalist" are now stocking up on the basics, thinking of taking care of themselves and their families.

From the article:
"From teachers to real estate agents, these budding emergency gurus say the dismal economy has made them prepare for financial collapse as if it were an oncoming Category 5 hurricane. They worry about rampant inflation, runs on banks, bare grocery shelves and widespread power failures that could make taps run dry."

"These people snapping up everything from water purification tablets to thermal blankets shatter the survivalist stereotype: they are mostly urban professionals with mortgages, SUVs, solid jobs and a twinge of embarrassment about their newfound hobby."

Nobody should ever be embarrassed by wanting to take care of themselves and their families. This country was founded by people that took care of themselves and even talked to and helped their neighbors. Somewhere along the way we lost that. We need it back now more than ever.

From the article:

"I don't want to be a slave to anybody," he said. "The more systems you're dependent on, the more likely things are going to go bad for you."

That's a philosophy shared by Vincent Springer, a newcomer to emergency preparedness from the Chicago area.

Springer, a high school social studies teacher, says he's most worried about energy shortages and an economic breakdown that could paralyze the just-in-time supply chain that grocery stores rely on."

Well done Gillian Flaccus, well done.


  1. Ya - thanks for sharing such good news! I am very glad that people are embarrassed to be "prepping" - as long as they are prepping that's all that matters!

    a great post and a great article MM!

  2. Cheese looks great MM. I just made my purchase, can't wait to receive it!! BTW Colby cheese is what I would like.

    Kentucky Preppers Network

  3. i have my doubts that these urban people can survive in a true shtf mention of firearms in the article...they might stock enough food to last a few days but how are they going to defend theirselves against the hungry scum that will be coming out of the shadows? they just dont have the will to survive...its been bred out of in rural southern illinois we are just a generation or two away from people who were true survivalists....god help these urban obamanites if they try to infringe on me or mine....


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