Not exactly gloating, stockpiling ‘preppers’ have a moment

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Not exactly gloating, stockpiling ‘preppers’ have a moment
https://apnews.com/355c96b2eebe575e42a2bb4dcdd2d7fc
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Curt La Haise has put up with plenty of razzing from friends over the years who have called him paranoid for stockpiling an eight-month supply of food in his basement and having enough fuel to power his generator for almost an entire winter.

They’re not laughing anymore amid panic buying that has cleared store shelves across the U.S. and growing fears that the new coronavirus will force many Americans to self-quarantine for weeks in their homes.

“Now my friends are like, ‘What should I do, what should I get?’” said La Haise, who operates a firearms and safety training business near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. “Prepping doesn’t look so bad now.”

For those in the often-mocked “prepper” community, this is quickly becoming their “I told you so” moment. But many are resisting saying that, even if it’s in the back of their minds. What they hope is that they’ll finally be taken seriously and that more people will follow their lead.

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“We’re not laughing. We’re not saying, ‘I told you so,’ when people are out there fighting over toilet paper and hand sanitizers,” said Paul Buescher, of Northfield Center Township, Ohio.

Buescher is one of 32 members of a group in northeastern Ohio that shares a farm packed with enough canned and dehydrated food and water to last for years. He said he is now getting calls all day long asking for advice.

Survival supply stores can’t keep up with the demand for food kits and medical supplies.

“Every single business that has to do with emergency preparedness is overloaded,” said John Ramey, founder of a Colorado-based prepper website called The Prepared.

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Most preppers say they are about self-reliance and common sense and are quick to distance themselves from the “doomsday preppers” who are depicted on television shows awaiting the day most of the world’s population is wiped off the map.

“The vast majority of this is ‘beans and Band-Aids,’ not ‘bullets and bunkers,’” Ramey said.

Jim Cobb, a disaster readiness consultant and editor-in-chief of Prepper Survival Guide magazine, said he has seen a few fellow preppers gloating on social media about people who are crowding stores in search of disinfectants.

“I hate the thought of alienating any of them because they think were a bunch of elitist goofballs.” he said. “We’re trying to take advantage of the opportunity that for once they’re not laughing and pointing fingers at us.”

While most people who have tested positive for the virus experience only mild or moderate symptoms, there’s a greater danger and longer recovery period for older adults and people with existing health problems.

Experts say it’s most important to practice safe hygiene: Wash hands frequently, cover sneezes and coughs, and stay home if fever or other symptoms arise.

As for the preppers, they have their own recommendations for anyone who is unsure of what to do next:

— Be ready to stay at home for at least two weeks. Have plenty of food and water. Don’t forget about your pets and medicines. That includes over-the-counter products for fevers and coughs.

— Yes, toilet paper is important, but so are hand sanitizers, disinfectants, sanitation wipes, eye protection and gloves.

— Get your finances in order. Make sure you can pay your bills and have cash on hand.

— Maybe most important, relax and don’t panic. And pay attention to the news and what’s happening around you.

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The Associated Press receives support for health and science coverage from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.
 

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I'm not a prepper, but I am a native Okie, which means we are somewhat "preppers" by default because of the silly weather around here. Other than milk, bread and eggs (the infamous Oklahoma snow storm trifecta) I have enough supplies to last a good long quarantine. Hell, 'round here, we call it a nice break from work.

Then, when/if, my supplies are depleted, like the rest of my fellow gun totin' brethren and bretheneretts, we'll go see all the lefties and steal their goods from them just like pirates.
 

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“We’re not laughing. We’re not saying, ‘I told you so,’ when people are out there fighting over toilet paper and hand sanitizers,”

^^^THIS

I can't imagine what the rest of the world must be thinking today...
 

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I have 5 chickens 20 quail.
50lbs of feed will last a month.
Last 2 times I purchased feed It was 250 lbs worth.
Think about the livestock feed guys. I get 5 eggs a day almost every day not counting the quail eggs.

I know this is small chicken feed compared to what many of you have.
 

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Then, when/if, my supplies are depleted, like the rest of my fellow gun totin' brethren and bretheneretts, we'll go see all the lefties and steal their goods from them just like pirates.
I don’t know if you’re a cop or not, but I’m assuming from your avatar you are. This mindset seems to be common among cops, because some local cops here in TX that a friend of mine plays golf with have expressed the same sentiment.

Whether you are a cop or just a scumbag of a person, I would like to thank you for publicly sharing your true character.:thumb:
 

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I don’t know if you’re a cop or not, but I’m assuming from your avatar you are. This mindset seems to be common among cops, because some local cops here in TX that a friend of mine plays golf with have expressed the same sentiment.

Whether you are a cop or just a scumbag of a person, I would like to thank you for publicly sharing your true character.:thumb:

Dude! It was a joke! This is the internet. Bullsheet runs rampant on the internet. Yes, I am a cop. I've been a cop for a long time and I took an oath to serve and protect my fellow man. I would NEVER bring intentional harm to a person, nor commit a crime without provocation. I'm just trying to make light of the situation just like the 270 pages of memes that have been posted. Have you went and read them and called out the members of those that have posted?

Tongue in cheek, my boy. That's what these BS forums are all about. If you wanna join up with the whiners, go to Glock Talk. They're thicker than hops over there.
 

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Dude! It was a joke! This is the internet. Bullsheet runs rampant on the internet. Yes, I am a cop. I've been a cop for a long time and I took an oath to serve and protect my fellow man. I would NEVER bring intentional harm to a person, nor commit a crime without provocation. I'm just trying to make light of the situation just like the 270 pages of memes that have been posted. Have you went and read them and called out the members of those that have posted?

Tongue in cheek, my boy. That's what these BS forums are all about. If you wanna join up with the whiners, go to Glock Talk. They're thicker than hops over there.
I would really like to believe you, but like I said, given the fact that I know other cops have said similar or the same, I don’t believe you. What I think is that generally no one calls you out because your a cop, and I did. Now you’re trying to put it back on me as having thin skin or whatever and minimize and walk back what you said.

Dude, I will respect you more if you admit you meant it and own what you said. Man up!
 

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Ok. First of all, I've always "maned up" when I need to. Secondly, when I said I've been a cop for a long time, I'm talking 31 years this June, so I don't put myself in the same category as this generation of cops you are talking about. And also, I try not to get into arguments on the internet. It makes as much sense as battering it back and forth with a drunk. Besides, you can check with each and every member here. My reputation speaks for itself.

I'm gonna move on from this little tiff and offer you a handshake and a nod. I suggest you take it and move on as well.
 

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