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Should Americans be Doomsday Preppers or should they just spend their money and time on themselves and live in the moment?

I watched Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic and found it amazing that there is a large percentage of American people spending their money , time and efforts on Prepping for disasters, solar flares, EMP , economic collapse, pandemic illnesses, other post apocolyptic scenarios, some of these people were in their 60's and training physically to fight, use weapons, store food, have bug out bags and other locations to bug out to - is this a realistic plan for the future or should these people spend their money on enjoying life, travelling and retiring in peace?

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    May 17 2013: I agree with LaMar that you can get a distorted picture of reality from television shows that are meant to shine a spotlight on the most extreme or sensational. When you say a large proportion of people are spending time or money preparing for disasters, are you including people in disaster-prone areas who keep extra water and canned food in the basement, schools in earthquake prone areas that do the occasional earthquake or emergency drill, people who frequently lose power due to storms keeping a small generator, and those in tsunami-prone areas having an escape route planned?

    Do people in Australia not keep emergency kits or extra water or canned food around in case of an emergency?

    I would guess that a large percentage of Americans do keep first aid kits or extra provisions and so forth on hand and only a tiny minority of people in their sixties who did not already have fighting/weapons skills from their military service spend very much time at all on training and practicing these skills in case of disaster.
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      May 18 2013: No I wasn't referring to the usual precautions in fragile areas, if you watch Doomsday Preppers, most do it on a fairly big scale and spend thousands of dollars on it- I am not saying it is a bad thing at all, I guess I was just surprised and would like to know what the general feeling is in other countries. I did check, we do have Aussie Doomsday Preppers, and I agree things like extra water, first aid kits and some food reserves should be standard.
      They do things like get their kids to learn about which plants they can eat, bugs, shooting pistols and how to live off the land... Check it out. It was really interesting...
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        May 18 2013: "Most do it on a fairly big scale" is most on that show.

        But in your question you asked about "a large percentage of American people." The American people who make it onto your television are not typical of American people in general or large portions of them.

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