The definition of a ‘Prepper’ according to the Oxford Dictionary is ‘A person who believes a catastrophic disaster or emergency is likely to occur in the future and makes active preparations for it, typically by stockpiling food, ammunition, and other supplies.’ So, as a country are we becoming a land of preppers, ‘preparing’ for worst case scenarios that may or may not ever happen?
With the outbreak of the Corona Virus aka Covid-19 we have seen the extremes of what people are going to, stockpiling hand sanitizers, brawling in supermarkets over packs of toilet rolls, reminiscent of a super Black Friday deal, and unscrupulous people listing said items for large amounts of profits on auction sites and social media platforms.
We have seen this carry on to the food sector, with people buying bulk quantities of rice, pasta and other staples. And, we are not out of the woods yet, panic buyers are not only causing a stir, but also the amount of misinformation that is circulating the social media channels at the moment is not only downright dangerous, but will cause further mayhem.
My opinion is, should you have the funds to do it, is to keep your larders well stocked, have a range of long expiry tinned foods, keep your freezer stocked with foods you can combine to make meals and a supply of essentials such as flour and powdered milk. And for everyday household cleaning and consumables, there is no need to rush out and buy five years’ worth in one go, ensure that you have enough to last you for a few weeks should there be a crisis. If you consider what you need for 28 days then this should be sufficient and if you keep stocked up, then should another pandemic or other disaster happen, you won’t need to don your battle armour to nip down to the local supermarket.
All in all, it IS about being prepared and maybe all of us should adopt some of the attitudes of preppers but we should certainly not take it to the extremes that many have over this latest global crisis.
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