Updated: Jun 14, 2021
This is a question I get asked a lot by close family members who know me well. I'm sure that if you are on this page, you probably have been asked once or twice yourself by family or friends. People may try to make you think you are crazy and that the world is a safe place, but we all know better. History is riddled with natural disasters, economic collapses, social unrest, pandemics, and difficult economic times. Don't we all want to be prepared to provide for ourselves and our families if these ever occur? These events actually happening are not as far fetched as many think. It can be a worldwide event such as the recent pandemic or something isolated to you such as the loss of a job and income for a lengthy time.
The way I view this is similar to insurance policies. Why do we have insurance? Of course, the answer is to get us through difficult times and to provide for ourselves and our families until the crisis is over. We have auto insurance to ensure if our car is damaged, we can obtain a rental and get it repaired so we can still make it to work to earn a living, buy groceries, etc. We have homeowners or rental insurance so if a tree falls on our home or someone steals our possessions us we will be reimbursed or our home will be made livable again. We have health insurance to pay for medical bills to nurse us back to health and so that high medical costs don't force us to struggle to provide basic needs for ourselves or our families.
Prepping is not something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. It is actually a very responsible habit that will provide you and your family a sense of ease that if/when life goes wrong, you will still be able to provide. Hopefully with my help, you'll even be able to provide some level of comfort above and beyond the basics or for prolonged periods if necessary. Unfortunately, those who don't prep may not be able to provide even the basics to their families for more than a week or two in difficult times. As a prepper, you should never advertise to others what you do, or what you have, but know that you are definitely going to be ready for many difficult situations.