Common Myths and Misconceptions About Preparedness

by Rob Richardson, Off Grid Survival

When it comes to preparedness, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths out there. Unfortunately, the mainstream media likes to focus on the fringe, instead of looking at the very real need to be prepared. Here are some of the top preparedness misconceptions I come across; sadly a lot of these prevent people from becoming more self-sufficient and prepared.

Preparedness is about preparing for end of the world disasters.

Asteroid Smashing into the Earth

Despite what you may see on T.V., prepping is not about preparing for the end of the world. While those building bunkers, in preparation for some hypothetical asteroid smashing into the earth, are often the ones who receive media attention, the fact is, preparedness is really about preparing for those small-scale events in life that can feel like the end of the world if you’re not prepared.

Things people commonly prep for include:

  • Natural disasters
  • Man-made accidents
  • Criminal attacks
  • Home invasions
  • Terrorism
  • Medical emergencies
  • Economic problems and job loss

Preparedness requires spending all sorts of money on fancy gear.

Lots of money

Preparedness doesn’t have to be expensive, in fact those who prepare by training , taking time to study the threats, and preparing themselves to physically and mentally face dangers are often the ones who come out on top; not the guy with the most gear.

Preppers are crazy tinfoil hat conspiracy theorists.

Wearing Tinfoil Hats from the Movie SIGNS

These terms are often used to discredit anyone who doesn’t fall into line with the mainstream news or government view of the world.

Listen you can bury your head in the sand — in fear that someone will call you a conspiracy theorists — or you can recognize the reality of the world we live in; bad things happen, disasters are a part of life, and evil really does exist.

The same people who use the tinfoil hat expression to discredit preparedness are the same ones who seem to forget events like:

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