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Articles on Prepping following COVID-19
« on: April 28, 2020, 04:47:12 PM »
There have been a number of them.

Here is an oddly positive one, despite the article on the whole being pretty low in useful content:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/03/29/coronavirus-why-kentucky-preppers-were-prepared-when-covid-19-struck/2933159001/

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Re: Articles on Prepping following COVID-19
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2020, 04:48:41 PM »
NYT article on Prepping among silicon valley types.

I have not read it yet due to the registration wall

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/technology/coronavirus-preppers.html

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Re: Articles on Prepping following COVID-19
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2020, 05:11:52 PM »
Interestingly, this is an article that has been in my library, probably, since shortly after it was written:

Becoming Self-Sufficient for Six Months - http://survivor.4ic.org/HTML/02/Self-Sufficient_6_Months.pdf

Being old, he focuses mainly on H5N1 influenza, but the stuff is much the same.

Might be helpful for prepping for the next pandemic (or phase II of this one.)

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Re: Articles on Prepping following COVID-19
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2020, 08:44:03 PM »
NYT article on Prepping among silicon valley types.

I have not read it yet due to the registration wall

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/technology/coronavirus-preppers.html

The article appears to focus on the founders of theprepared.com, which covers a lot of prepping topics from a basic level up.  Even guns.

Some quotes from the NYT article for those who can't get behind the wall:

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John Ramey, a longtime Silicon Valley entrepreneur, started the site in 2018. “People are realizing the last few stable decades have been a fluke,” he told me by phone, from somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. “It’s the coronavirus now, but people have been watching climate change, inequality, late-stage capitalism, post-World War II systems falling apart. Our institutions have dropped the ball.”

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About a decade ago, Mr. Ramey was living in San Mateo, Calif., and working as the chief executive of isocket, an online advertising start-up. One day, after coffee with a fellow founder, Mr. Ramey opened the trunk of his car, inadvertently revealing something he referred to as his “Get Home Bag,” full of the things he might need if disaster suddenly struck. (“Basic stuff,” he said: first aid kit, food and water rations, radio, multitool, map, compass, jumper cables, a blade to cut someone out of a seatbelt after a crash.)

It was, Mr. Ramey said, the moment that made him “one of the first outed preppers” in the Silicon Valley community. “Other founders and investors started coming to me ad hoc,” he said. “And they’d say, ‘How do I put a kit together?’ And then they’d get really quiet and ask, ‘How do I get a gun?’”

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He felt more than ever that all Americans should prep. But first, he had to reckon with popular perceptions of the prepper type: rural, deeply conservative and paranoid to an extreme, readying their bunkers for a nuclear sneak attack or the Book of Revelation.

“Just to figure out how to put an earthquake kit together, you had to listen to someone talk about how Hillary Clinton was going to steal your children,” Mr. Ramey said.

He wanted to make the prepper scene more welcoming to a cosmopolitan cohort — urban, liberal, concerned about climate change and social instability, afraid the Trump administration would exacerbate problems or bungle a crisis.

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Mr. Ramey describes the audience for The Prepared as “rational preppers.” They are people who like to calculate risk and see prepping as a bit of a game. The content, Mr. Ramey said, inevitably attracts anti-vaxxers, but moderators try to keep them off the site, mindful that their tribe is put off by unfounded conspiracy theories. Many of Mr. Ramey’s readers preferred to prep inconspicuously, not wanting to seem kooky or paranoid to friends and neighbors.

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If even more of the American economy accrues to Silicon Valley, these changes could accelerate the biggest danger the “rational preppers” fear: revolution-level social strife. Inequality breeds instability, they argue.

“You’re seeing more awareness,” Mr. Ramey said. “The billionaire class are saying, ‘Yeah, you know, hey guys, we can’t keep doing this. They’re going to come for our food.’”

And so as affluent urban preppers ride out the coronavirus crisis — perhaps with their wealth intact, or even enhanced — they are increasingly aware of a new danger.

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Re: Articles on Prepping following COVID-19
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2020, 10:08:38 PM »
The article appears to focus on the founders of theprepared.com, which covers a lot of prepping topics from a basic level up.  Even guns.

Interesting site -- thanks for the link.

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Re: Articles on Prepping following COVID-19
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2020, 07:24:46 AM »
Someone who does not feel they are better off for having a prepper parent, though to be fair her parent being a prepper was not the problem, the prepping was symptomatic of the parent's problem.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-doomsday-prepping_n_5e875684c5b6a9491835ba46

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Re: Articles on Prepping following COVID-19
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2020, 09:37:05 AM »
Another "light on info, but strangely positive for a media article on prepping" from mid-March.

https://time.com/5797950/coronavirus-preppers/

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Re: Articles on Prepping following COVID-19
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2020, 10:04:42 PM »
All of this COVID19 stuff makes me nervous. It's weird how I'm less nervous now, even though i probably should be even more nervous.
One prep article though that I came across made me seriously consider a solar battery. Especially if things went really south.
https://formesolar.com/coronavirus-lockdown-preparation-solar-battery/