Should you tell others about your preps in case of an emergency? Those who prep are in two different camps – on the one hand, you want others to be aware of it so that they too start prepping, but on the other hand, you don’t want everyone to think of your house as the one people will go to in an emergency because you have lots of supplies. “Oh, we will just go to Survivalist Chick’s house, she has lots of stuff!” is not what you want people to do!
Whether or not you should tell others about your prepping supplies for emergencies is a personal decision that depends on your individual circumstances and beliefs. Here are some factors to consider when deciding whether or not to tell others about your prepping supplies:
- Personal safety: One reason to limit who you tell about your prepping supplies is to protect your personal safety. In an emergency situation, some people may become desperate or resort to violence to get the supplies they need. By limiting who you tell about your supplies, you may be able to reduce the risk of theft or violence.
- Community building: On the other hand, sharing information about your prepping supplies with trusted friends, family, or neighbors can help you build a community of support in an emergency situation. By working together, you may be able to pool resources and skills to better weather a crisis.
- Ethics and values: Some people believe that it is important to share their prepping supplies with others in need, and may be more willing to disclose their preparations as a way of living their values and ethics.
- Trust: When deciding who to tell about your prepping supplies, it is important to consider how much you trust the person. In general, it is advisable to only share this information with people you know well and trust.
The nature of the emergency can also change how much you can help outsiders or casual friends. For example, if power is out due to a severe storm, you can much more easily share your supplies without impacting your own long term survival. But if it is an EMP attack or some kind of break down in society, every last canned good can make the difference between you and your family surviving longer than others.
Many have come to a middle ground approach. They don’t talk about their prepping supplies outside of their inner circle of close family and friends or those they know who share a similar prepping mindset.
Ultimately, the decision to tell others about your prepping supplies is a personal one that depends on your individual circumstances and beliefs. It is important to weigh the potential risks and benefits of disclosing this information, and to carefully consider who you trust to share this information with. It is also a good idea to keep your prepping supplies in a secure location to reduce the risk of theft or damage.