Sunday, December 9, 2012

Are Preppers responsible for the unprepared?

Via Don


Last week on the website Emergency Management, there appeared a blog post written by an emergency manager named Valerie Lucus-McEwen in which she made a grave error in judgment. She called doomsday preppers “socially selfish.”

She based this startling conclusion on the National Geographic’s “The Doomsday Prepper” series and concluded that because the people featured in this show were spending their OWN time and their OWN money to stockpile their OWN resources in order to prepare their OWN families for whatever disastrous scenario they foresaw, they are selfish. Specifically, as another emergency manager phrased it, this is “a level of indulgence that is selfish and counter-productive to providing for the common good.”

“You might wonder,” wrote Ms. Lucus-McEwen, “why someone like me, who has been in the business of encouraging disaster preparedness for a very long time, is so critical of people who are doing just that. It’s because they are being socially selfish – preparing themselves and the hell with everyone else. Instead of spending time and energy making changes that would benefit the larger community, in their very narrow focus of loyalty they are more concerned about themselves. … Our job is to prepare individuals and communities and jurisdictions and regions and – ultimately – the globe for disasters, knowing we won’t always succeed.”

Little did Ms. Lucus-McEwen realize she was opening an enormous can of worms. The blog post got blitzed with comments, universally condemning her for her conclusions and asking why it was the job of ordinary preppers to “provide for the common good” at their own expense.

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  1. No. Preppers are not responsible for the unprepared outside their stewardship. Preppers aren't even responsible to the unprepared excepting existing contracts, dealings etc...

  2. I you think everyone else should spend their own time and money prepping for your safety then you are the selfish person. In fact you are a communist turd. You have the right to prep or not prep. If you choose to not prep and spend your time and money on what ever you want then something happens expecting others to save your but is disgustingly selfish.

    1. Ain't gonna' get no help from here, that's for sure.