Liberal media, White House owes preppers and survivalists a massive apology in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy
trutherNovember 5, 20120
In the wake of superstorm Sandy, preppers are the new prophets. Those who failed to prepare are the new homeless.
For as long as we can all remember, preppers and survivalists have been derided by the mainstream media, labeled kooks and wing nuts for stockpiling food, water, ammunition, medical supplies and emergency gear. Only paranoid conspiracy theorists engage in evil preparedness activities, we were told by the sellout mainstream media, and theyve convinced many that preppers may even be terrorists.
The very word stockpiling has been used in a derogatory manner, as if its somehow bad for private citizens to stockpile food, medicine and emergency supplies that might save lives in a crisis. Never mind that the government stockpiles all these things for its own survival; citizens are routinely taught that stockpiling is bad!
Suddenly all that has changed. In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, preppers are the ones who arent starving, freezing or begging the government to come save them with emergency supplies. Those who failed to prepare are now subjected to the chaotic, incompetent actions of the federal government which is, predictably, operating in a never-ending state of logistical failure.
An one example, in response to the ongoing scarcity of gasoline, New York announced that the Defense Department would be opening up free gas stations near areas hardest-hit, but that residents should stay away and let first responders fuel up ahead of them.
This, of course, set off a wave of confusion. It was then announced that those civilians (a derogatory term against citizens, used only in a police state) who were already in line could stay in line, but no civilians could join the line. Many people waited up to six hours for gasoline. Tempers flared, fist fights were commonplace, and state troopers had to be sent to gas stations to keep the peace.
Preppers, of course, already stored away spare fuel at home and therefore didnt need to wait in line and subject themselves to the chaos and desperation.
FEMA runs out of water
This one was easy to see coming: FEMA has run out of water to distribute to Sandy victims and is now desperately trying to find a private contractor that will deliver millions of bottles of water to the region.
That this could happen in the aftermath of a storm that everybody saw coming at least a week ahead of time is nothing short of bewildering. How could FEMA, whose only job is to plan for crisis, not have stockpiled some supplies in advance of the storm?
The answer is that FEMA is just flat-out incompetent. As described in an article by Michael Patrick Leahy:
the agency appears to have been completely unprepared to distribute bottled water to Hurricane Sandy victims when the storm hit this Monday. In contrast to its stated policy, FEMA failed to have any meaningful supplies of bottled water or any other supplies, for that matter stored in nearby facilities as it had proclaimed it would on its website. This was the case despite several days advance warning of the impending storm.
Once again, preppers who had stockpiled water in advance of all this were sitting pretty, living on stored water supplies. Those who invested in water filters were even able to use water that would not have been drinkable otherwise.
No electricity = no heat for cooking
Even today, the power grid is down in many areas, and for all those residents using electric stoves and toasters, that means no ability cook anything
not even to boil water!
Most people simply have no backup plan for when the power grid goes down. So they become yet another victim who needs to be rescued by a government that has a terrible track record on rescues.
Preppers, on the other hand, own non-electric cookstoves such as this Zoom Dura cookstove which can burn paper, wood, small branches and almost anything flammable. It boils water, cooks meals, and kills bacteria. No batteries required.
In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, people who own emergency campstoves or cookstoves have been able to cook meals if they also stored some food. Something as simple as a few cans of chili can be priceless in the middle of a grid down scenario. Or some quinoa, oatmeal, rice or whatever.
I know for a fact that we shipped a large number of 40-day organic survival food pails to the Northeast in the days before the storm hit. Those people have no doubt been sitting pretty with plenty of food to eat, compared to their neighbors who didnt prepare and are therefore starving or dumpster diving for food scraps.
Arming up with bows, machetes, firearms and baseball bats
Looting has been widespread in some areas, thanks mostly to the fact that police are spread too thin and cant cover all the territory. At first, the looting targeted commercial buildings, where looters made off with TV projectors, flat panel displays and valuable electronics, but it soon shifted to the looting of private homes by criminals dressed as Con Edison workers.
Citizens quickly realized they would need to fend for themselves. As the NY Daily News reports:
Ever since Sandy strafed the Queens peninsula and tore up the boardwalk, its become an often lawless place where cops are even scarcer than electrical power and food. Locals say they are arming themselves with guns, baseball bats, booby traps even a bow and arrow to defend against looters.
We booby-trapped our door and keep a baseball bat beside our bed, said Danielle Harris, 34, rummaging through donated supplies as children rode scooters along half-block chunk of the boardwalk that had marooned into the middle of Beach 91st St.
We heard gunshots for three nights in a row, said Harris, who believed they came from the nearby housing projects.
Preppers, of course, already have firearms and ammo. In fact, many preppers today are investing in firearms proficiency training in order to gain combat skills. I know several firearms instructors, and they tell me their classes are jam packed, with waiting lists increasingly common.
A typical prepper owns not only a handgun, but also a combat rifle (typically an AR or AK) and a shotgun for close quarters defense. In addition, preppers stockpile at least 1,000 rounds of ammo for each. Its not uncommon to talk to preppers who have stored 10,000 rounds of ammo for each firearm they own.
These firearms, far from causing violence, are used in the defense of life and property in communities struck by disaster. People who legally own firearms are law-abiding citizens who typically work with local law enforcement to restore peace and security to local communities and help stop criminals and looters.
That states like New York restrict private citizens from owning firearms is, in a very real sense, denying them the ability to protect themselves during a crisis when the police cant protect them, either. Using machetes and bows is no match for a Glock 17 or an AR-15. While anti-gun people like Bloomberg or Obama like to say that guns have no place on the streets of America, they are wrong. Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens are an essential part of restoring peace and order following any crisis. In a disaster scenario, more guns in the hands of responsible citizens really does equal less crime.
Its just common sense: When the cops are nowhere to be found, and the National Guard isnt helping out, and FEMAs lack of preparedness has made the local population desperate for supplies, a privately-owned firearm is the only remaining defense against criminal-minded looters and violent opportunities who try to prey on the weak. Thats why I even published a tactical home defense guide designed to stop looters and criminals from targeting innocent victims of superstorm Sandy.
The media owes preppers a massive apology
One of the realizations emerging from all this is that the medias portrayal of preppers has been not just malicious and highly inaccurate. Preppers are not the kooks you see on TV shows (which the media admits are laced with pay-for-placement messages provided by the White House); they are intelligent, forward-thinking members of society who are truly a national treasure capable of saving lives in any disaster.
Preppers pick up where the police and the government drop the ball. Preppers provide food, water, emergency medicine and even local neighborhood security. They do it without being paid and without even being thanked for their contributions to society.
In the wake of superstorm Sandy, the national media and especially the liberal media which expresses intense hatred for preppers owes preppers a massive apology. Preppers create stability, safety and security in any crisis, and they deserve to be portrayed as the upstanding members of society they truly are.