Thirdpower notes that folks say it’s the “preppers” that are crazy, with a picture that says 1000 words. I tend to think of prepping as a lifestyle choice not unlike carrying a gun, in the sense that both are preparation for a low probability event, and both guns and prepping can probably also be properly considered a hobby or interest. While I enjoy shooting, I am not much of a prepper, as I’ve never been one to want to spend a lot of time and energy being ready for low-probability events. While I do carry, I carry because I shoot. I don’t shoot because I carry. I think being prepared for common, and even some uncommon disasters is a good idea. We do have a “bugout bag,” and generally keep several gallons of bottled water on hand at all times, as well as a healthy supply of batteries. But I do think prepping, like anything, it can be taken to extremes.
For instance, someone advised I needed a minimum of 20 gallons of gas on hand at all times, and when a storm was coming, that needed to be 40. I agree for some individual circumstances, that’s probably wise. But I live 6 miles from a major city, and have a postage stamp sized lot with a very small shed. I’m not sure where I’d put four 5 gallon gas cans, let alone eight of them. I’ve also gone through several major storms without losing power. About 14 hours was the most I’ve been without power during a major blizzard a few years back, and I got through that by wiring an inverter to my heating system so it could light and circulate the hot water. For me, 24 hours of gas for the generator is enough insurance. I don’t prep for the Zombie apocalypse, or even 500 year events like these, and I’m fully aware of the consequences if I lose the bet.
I don’t have any issue with prepping, and think it’s a fine thing to do, but much like the guys that suggest you need to carry two pistols and at least 2 reloads for each, you can take it to extremes, and become unyielding when it comes to assessing individual circumstances and tolerance for risk.