Yes, some trainers are individualistic to the point of being antisocial. Right-wing survivors, in particular, are often motivated by paranoid, apocalyptic, and racist or conspiracy beliefs. A massive apocalyptic industry satisfies its fantasies with expensive survival supplies of questionable utility. So with “prepper” now defined, let me answer your question “Are preparers crazy? with another question.
Trappers and survivors are often portrayed as paranoid lunatics. But you don't have to obsess over the prospect of a nuclear war or a zombie apocalypse to see the importance of disaster preparedness; all you have to do is watch the weather in Iowa. He said preparers cut through all demographics and politics, adding: “I think it's kind of a perfect time for people to start paying attention to their preparer neighbor. Inshirah, a new jersey preparer who only asked to be identified by her first name, said she had started getting questions from family members “who usually just let me do my wacky prep thing.
Several preparers said they hoped that concerns about the coronavirus outbreak would raise awareness about preparedness and that preparers would lose the associations that come with quirky characters on reality shows. A couple of years ago, I flew to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to interview a wealthy Canadian offshore oil rig worker and doomsday preparer who asked me to refer to him as “Auggie. I started following the preparation movement several years ago after watching a marathon of 'Doomsday Preppers', the old National Geographic TV series. A preparer places emphasis on self-sufficiency, stockpiling supplies, and acquiring survival knowledge and skills.