When SHTF, the lone wolf mentality isn’t going to get you very far. The best way to prepare for a disaster is to build your community. Even though there’s strength in numbers, just like your girlfriend's group of friends, there’s always that one type of prepper who drives you crazy. But when SHTF, those are the ones to avoid.
What was once harmlessly annoying, might just be putting your life on the line.
3 Types of Preppers to Avoid when SHTF:
The Tunnel Vision Prepper
Any seasoned prepper knows that you need to be prepared for any and every type of disaster. But there are also those preppers who are certain that a specific disaster is bound to happen, so they spend all their time (and money) preparing for ONLY that one specific event. Let’s be real fellas, we all have disaster scenarios that worry us more than others, but focusing on just one of them? Now that’s just straight up insane.
Tunnel vision preppers usually overlook the basics. They may be the most prepared for a grid outage, but they’d certainly be the first to go in a pandemic. They might have some valuable information (and gear) that could be of use to you... But if a different SHTF scenario happens that they haven’t spent their entire life prepping for, they’re a waste of your time.
The Commander Prepper
Listen, we all like to think we're born leaders. But there’s a big difference between someone who’s a leader and someone who’s a commander. Leaders guide, help, and educate, while commanders… well, they command. You know those bossy guys who try to take control of the situation without hearing anyone else out? Yeah, we all know one of those.
Commanders try to lead through the use of power, coercion, and fear, while leaders inspire through trust and respect. We don’t know about y’all, but being bossed around isn’t quite our thing. Even if the commander does have some good ideas, chances are nobody in the group will want to listen. Plus, the group dynamic will quickly suffer, putting everyone’s survival at risk.
The Bragging Prepper
As a prepper, you should be stockpiling food and getting your gear into place in case a SHTF scenario occurs. Heck, you should even be talking to your neighbors, parents, nieces, and nephews about why it’s important. But what you shouldn’t be doing? Bragging about how much prep work you’ve done.
We’re not saying you shouldn’t be proud about how much prepping you’ve done, but come on man, it’s just common decency to be humble about your stockpiles (unless of course, you’ve got an impressive amount of battlgear...).
The best rule of thumb to follow as a prepper? Build your community before SHTF. That way you know who you can and cannot trust, and you’ll be able to weed out all the crazies while you’re at it. Did we miss any types of preppers you think need to be avoided? Let us know on our Facebook page!