37 Reasons To Become A Prepper

Why You Should Be A Prepper

People are going to say you’re bat guano crazy if you start prepping. If it bothers you just say you’re interested in homesteading that seems to be a more acceptable terminology these days. It doesn’t matter what you call being prepared for hard times as long as you are doing it.

You should become a prepper to prepare for whatever hardship comes your way: job loss, family disturbance, natural disaster, or civil unrest. Preppers learn homesteading skills like food preservation, gardening, food and water storage, and homesteading skills to get them through hard times.

I started small, with my emergency preparedness, and built it slowly over time. You don’t have to get crazy or stressed about prepping. Start small by adding extra cans of whatever you eat in your regular diet. Begin by having 72 Hours of extra food and water in case of a minor emergency. Build from there.

Prepping Is Not A Modern Idea

The term “prepper” has all kinds of baggage attached to it, mainly that preppers are survivalist types, tinfoil hat-wearing extremists, stocking huge piles of arms and ammo for the next apocalypse.

Just about every person on the planet was a prepper 200 years ago. Historically, if you didn’t prepare for a year’s supply of food in the spring, you didn’t eat during the winter.

I define a prepper as a person who “prepares” for hard times by learning homesteading skills, storing food, water, and supplies. If you desire, you can also collect skills and implements for personal protection.

By incorporating prepping into your lifestyle, you create a family environment with less anxiety; your entire family can grow closer together by practicing all of the skills necessary to prep. Have fun with it; it’s not the end of the world. Then again, you may want to prepare for the next Zombie Apocalypse. Tongue…in cheek.

37 Reasons to Prepare For Emergencies

Bad things do happen and they are unpredictable. There may not be a huge event that has everyone running to the bunker but that isn’t what most preppers are preparing for. Losing your job or long-term health issues are just as important as a civil breakdown

Being prepared is something our ancestors have done for thousands of years. Only recently have we lived day to day without planning our annual food storage.

Modern conveniences have given us a false sense of security.

37 Reasons Prepping Is Not a Waste of Time

I’m listing 37 possible scenarios that might make you want to start preparing for a potential emergency. Not all of these will apply to everyone.

The 12 Natural Disasters

Determine your most likely emergency scenario(s) and prepare ahead of time. I’m mostly affected by snowstorms and power outages so this was the initial emergency I focused on when I started “homesteading.”

The 12 Natural Disasters Are a Reason To Prep


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  • Floods cause extensive property damage and loss of life.
  • The degree of damage caused by flooding is dependent on the volume of water and how long it takes the water to recede.
  • Often accompanies other natural disasters such as storm surges, hurricanes, or tsunamis. 

Flash Flood

One of the scariest things about flash flooding is you can be standing in perfect sunshine with no rain and have a massive river of water come out of nowhere

This hits close to home. When I lived in Arizona, a little girl was playing in her back yard and was swept away by a flash flood.

Thunderstorms and Lightening

  • Cause massive blackouts and fires.
  • Often accompany other natural hazards like flash floods, tornadoes, forest fires, or power outages


  • When hurricanes hit land, they can create massive wind damage and storm surges that push ocean water ashore.
  • The heavy rains that accompany the rise of ocean water can cause catastrophic flooding.
  • An EF-5 Hurricane can have winds of 200+ miles per hour.


  • The higher the wind speed, the larger the tornado, the more damage caused. 

Heat Wave/High Temperatures

  • Crop Failure
  • Deaths from overheating
  • Widespread power outages

Winter Storm/ Cold Temperatures

  • Freezing weather, snow, and ice can incapacitate entire regions by shutting down freeways and knocking out electrical power,
  • Property damage, loss of water supply and heat source


  • Earthquakes can cause massive damage to property and loss of life
  • populated areas are the hardest hit because of falling debris and damage to infrastructure.


  • Suffocation is the #1 cause of death caused by erupting volcanoes
  • Volcanic eruptions trigger other natural disasters such as flooding, power outages, mudslides, drinking water contamination, and fires

Landslide and Debris Flow

  • Debris flows can occur miles away, getting larger as they accumulate trees, boulders, cars, and other materials.   
  • The danger of landslides substantially increases when there is a forest-fire followed by extreme rain.
  • Giant landslides in the ocean can cause tsunamis.


  • A tsunami (tidal wave) is a series of waves caused by earthquakes, underwater, landslides, or undersea volcanic eruptions. 
  • Tsunamis can be massively destructive to life and property.
  • By the time Tsunamis reach the shoreline they can be traveling up to 100 mph


  • A wildfire is an unplanned fire that burns forests, grasslands or prairies.
  • Often started by humans, or lightning, wildfires can cause a chain reaction of destruction such as flooding, power outages, and transportation disruptions.

For an in-depth discussion check out Ready Squirrel’s article: 12 Different Types of Natural Disasters And Other Hazards click here


  • A pandemic occurs when a disease like influenza spreads throughout an entire country or worldwide.
  • “Epidemic refers to an increase, often sudden, in the number of cases of an infectious disease in a specific area.” (CDC.) Be prepared for both.

Other Reasons to Prep

Civil Unrest


Sounds a little crazy or post-apocalyptic but that was before we had the riots in Minneapolis, MN, and Seattle, WA.

If you live in an urban area I would seriously consider prepping food, water, and some kind of personal protection.

  • Imagine being one of those people living in the 36 square block area of Seattle or Minneapolis, MN with no police or emergency services.
  • Buildings burned to the ground, police and private citizens attacked.
  • What if you didn’t have any emergency food and water? You’d be walking through a crowd of angry people who could do whatever they wanted to you, and there’s no cavalry to save the day. It makes me cringe just thinking about it.
  • 570 businesses in the Twin Cities were damaged by vandalism,, and 67 were burned to the ground.
  • Prepare for situations where you can’t or don’t want to leave your home.

World Events

  • With most countries depending on a global supply chain the list of possibilities is really endless.
  • Your job could depend on materials or products that are embargoed or cut-off
  • An international event like war or trade disruption
  • Famine
  • Crop-loss due to weather

Health Issues or Disability

  • You never know if you are someone in the family who is going to come down with a long-term illness.
  • Rising medical bills lost hours at work
  • Your attention is needed to provide aid and assistance to family or loved ones.

Job Loss or Long-term Unemployment

  • From CEO to factory worker you don’t know from day to day if you will have a job tomorrow.
  • If for whatever reason, you find yourself out of work it’s good to know you and yours will be eating.
  • Car Breaks Down
  • Refrigerator stops working
  • A.C. or heater needs repair

Economic Decline

  • Prices go up, and availability goes down, jobs are lost.
  • This is an excellent reason to start gardening.
  • Even if you don’t grow and preserve a bunch of food, at least learn the skills to do it.
  • Be prepared, so you don’t have to stand in a depression-era soup-line

Friend or Family In Distress

  • Are you in a position to render aid to friends or family?
  • A stockpile of food is something you can share with others in times of need.

Reduce Your Fear and Anxiety

  • Having a stock of food and water gives you some wiggle room.
  • If things go south for whatever reason, you have the time to come up with a plan of action.
  • A stockpile of food and supplies is a stress reliever.
  • If you are living on a tight budget, something as small as the transmission going out on your vehicle could be a big deal.
  • Have extra food and supplies to fill the gaps.

The World Economy is Unpredictable

  • Anything can happen on a global scale.
  • They say, to be truly happy, you need to work within your own circle of influence and ignore the white noise. Still, you could be affected by things going on around the world.
  • Trade- embargos, warfare, changing tariffs. All of these things can affect you where you live.

The Thin Veneer of Civilization Crumbles

  • We’ve gotten so used to running water, grocery stores, quick-shops, and instant availability that we think they will be there without disruption.
  • We discount how quickly things can head south.
  • It doesn’t take much to destabilize the food chain, local government, or law enforcement.

Supply Lines Fail

  • When you have a functioning highway and rail system, and the power is on you, don’t think twice about it.
  • But things like a national catastrophe or nationwide civil unrest can turn the taps off at a moment’s notice.

Police and/or Emergency Response Are Overwhelmed

  • The governor of a state or the president can call in the national guard during riots but it takes days to get logistics in place.
  • Lately, political maneuvering has put residents at risk and it’s probably going to get worse over time
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  • Being self-reliant is good for your sense of self-worth and how you move through the world.
  • Something is uplifting about having the ability to take care of you and yours when no one else can.
  • Gardening is good for what ails you, and it’s good for your family

Early Retirement

Start gardening, canning, learn homesteading skills, pay off debt, and retire early. If you are producing a majority of your food, your expenses go way down. Reducing debt and being self-sufficient also reduces stress and gives you more freedom to live the life you want.

Historic Precedent

  • Prepping didn’t use to be the exception. It was the rule.
  • My grandmother was a depression-era survivor. She knew what it was like to go to bed hungry.
  • Every year I went to her house for the summer and saw how much work she did to prep and harvest her garden and to preserve her bounty.
  • This kind of work ethic and thinking was how everybody did it.
  • If you wanted to eat in winter, you canned food in the summer.

Quality of Life

  • Imagine, working in the garden, outside in the sun.
  • Keep physically fit. I just got done moving a dump truck full of wood chips with a pitch-fork and a wheelbarrow. That’s exercise.
  • Learning new skills and spending time with family outdoors.
  • Eat healthy fruits and vegetables grown by your own hands.
  • Improve what you eat, maximize skills like cider making, food canning, and seed saving.
  • Strengthen bonds and friendships by working closely with others.
  • Knowledge is power when it comes to survival. The more you know, the safer and freer you will be.

Technological Hazards

Hazardous Fire.

Prepare for technological hazards in your area. You never know when federal agencies will tell you to move out of your area. I’m surprised we don’t see more emergencies caused by technological hazards.

Hazardous Material Incidents

  • Prepare for emergencies caused by accidents involving hazardous materials like explosives, flammables, poison, or radioactive materials.
  • These types of emergencies can happen anywhere along the supply chain, from production to disposal.

Transportation of Hazardous Cargo

  • Transportation of hazardous cargo is another good reason to become a prepper.
  • Be prepared for accidents caused by train derailment or truck crashes.
  • Everyday hazardous cargo is being moved all over the United States.
  • Chemicals like chlorine can turn to Phosgene gas when heated (train wreck.) Methyl isocyanate, which killed 2,259 people in Bhopal, India, is regularly transported via rail.

Dam Failure

There are approximately 84,000 dams in the United States that hold back 17% of the river water in the country. Many of these dams are small and don’t pose a huge risk if they fail.

Munition Factories

  • The total number of munition factories is unknown. If you live by a big one, you probably know it.
  • What happens when a factory that makes bombs or munitions blows up?
  • Your guess is as good as mine, but I’m guessing it’s pretty bad.

Petroleum Refineries

There Are 135 petroleum refineries in the United States. U.S. Energy Information Administration

Chemical Plants 

There are approximately, 13,500 chemical plants in the United States. Environmental Protection Agency

Natural Gas Farms

There are 1,793 Natural Gas electricity plants in the United States. Washington Post

Power Plants

There are approximately 9,719 power plants in the United States. U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Nuclear Power Plant Emergencies

Nuclear Power Plant

There are 96 operating commercial nuclear reactors at 58 nuclear power plants in the United States. U.S. Energy Information Administration

Terrorist Acts That Lead to Disaster

  • Explosions: Using explosive materials to commit acts of terrorism
  • Bioterrorism Intentionally releasing biological agents to kill or harm humans. Agents can be bacteria, toxins, or viruses. These agents are simple to make, inexpensive, and spread quickly. 
  • Chemical Threats The use of chemical toxins to harm humans, plants, or animals. Agents can come in the form of a gas, liquid, or solid. 
  • Nuclear Blasts: Explosion of an atomic bomb or an Improvised Nuclear Device. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “a nuclear explosion, initially, produces an intense pulse of heat, light, air pressure and radiation, followed by the “fallout” of radioactive materials.”

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