Am I a prepper? I never considered that I was but listening to this program on CBC's The Current this morning about "preppers" it seems I qualify on some counts. If you are not sure what a prepper is you may read a little about it here . A diverse group of individual who believe in being prepared for what they consider to be the end of the world as we know it are preparing for life after whatever apocalypse should arise.
It occurs to me that I have always lived that lifestyle to some extent. When you are a half hour drive from the nearest town/convenience store, it only makes sense to keep a freezer full of beef, chicken, pork and last year's frozen vegetables. My parents and grandparents view was that we can't waste expensive 50 cent a gallon gas driving to town every day for our food so we stock up. Flour, salt, sugar and whatever else is required is kept on hand ready for use.
And it only makes sense to have either a well or a few weeks/months supply of drinking water on hand. No city pipes supplying water this far out in the woods.
Of course without a source of alternate electricity, when the grid fails I guess all that food in the freezer will rot in a short time and I will be back to eating dry cat food and whole grain out of the bin.
At least I have a good supply of "beef on the hoof".