What is a prepper?
Sadly, the term "Prepper" now receives a negative reaction from many Americans.
I honestly believe this is due to television programs showing overly dramatized representations of "Prepping". Many of these programs featured millionaires building bunkers, creating weapons, using explosives and all sorts of other "good for tv" activities.
Unfortunately these programs do little to truly represent what it is to be a Prepper.
If we go back a short time in history, to the 1950's, prepping was mainstream. Of course it was not necessarily called "prepping"; they generally referred to with terms like "grocery shopping". Not that it was truly 'prepping'; people just cooked more from raw ingredients than we do today. Prepackaged meals were rare. This required families to maintain a stock of staples such as flour, sugar, baking powder, lard, yeast, pasta, etc. While "Prepping" was not generally the intent, they were prepared for most small issues (weather, power outages, etc).
If we go back even further to the 1850's prepping was truly a matter of life or death. Many Americans lived well outside the cities. In remote areas having a winters supply of staples, canned food, etc was not merely a good idea, it was necessary for survival. If you did not properly prepare, you could very well die.
It's sad the so many today place total faith in, and reliance upon, the local grocery store for their survival. Not that this is a bad thing, a great deal of prepping can be done directly from your local grocer. The problem comes from the new norm of visiting the store every few days. Generally families do not have more than a few days food in their homes. If they had to survive off only what was in the house they could but by the end of just a few days they could be running out of food.
The average grocery store receives shipments every 1-3 days depending on the product shelf life and sales volume. During an event, such as a major storm, the stores are raided. This means anywhere from 1-3 days before they are resupplied. If you assume this storm also slows or stops trucking, this can easily extend beyond 5 days before they start restocking.
Imagine an event more than a large snowstorm. The reliance upon your local grocery store will be woefully insufficient.
Having two weeks of long term foods, such as canned foods, dry storage foods or freeze dried foods such as these:http://prepsetgo.com/collections/everything can make the difference between surviving and thriving.