What to do When Your Prepping is Discovered

What to do When Your Prepping is Discovered

(SurvivalDaily.com) – Preppers simply just want to be able to keep their family alive and safe in the event some disaster strikes. There’s obviously nothing wrong with this train of thought, in fact it’s a good thing to think about. However, not everyone thinks something is going to happen, or they simply believe they’ll be able to mooch off the work of others. No matter how hard someone tries to hide their prepper intentions and supplies, it seems someone always finds out, here’s what to do if that happens to you.

First Things First

It’s not uncommon for a prepper to be discovered by family or friends, so if it happens to you don’t panic. The best thing you can do, and something that should be done right away is talking to them about you being a prepper. It’s essential to do this ASAP, as to not allow them to spread the information. After all, you’re trying to conceal the fact you’re a prepper.

At some point in the conversation you’re likely going to hear “when things go south, I’m coming to you,” which is exactly what you want. This gives you a chance to discourage them from doing that, instead, you can persuade them to prep for themselves. After all, why should they be able to freeload off of your hard work and dedication?


This is where you flip your recruiting switch on. The best thing to do is try to get them into prepping, not only for their sake, but yours as well. After all, they won’t feel the need to rely on you if they’re prepping for themselves.

The biggest obstacle people have when it comes to prepping is their budget, this is the hardest thing you’re up against when you’re convincing them to do it for themselves. If and when you do finally convince them to start their own prepping, you can assure them they have an advantage over you. This of course, is because you are there to guide them and help them save money.

Nosy Neighbors

Everyone has them, they can be quite annoying at times, those neighbors that just have to know what you’re up to. Always asking questions, wondering what you’re doing, these people are actually just probing for information. The best thing you can do to deal with them is simply direct their attention elsewhere. You need to come up with some sort of plausible explanation as to why you do what you do; sometimes these can’t withstand closer examinations, but they can provide a decent cover. You could tell Nosy Nelly that the reason you’re always building stuff is that you like to tinker with machinery, or that you’re just fascinated with the mechanics.

Will You Help Them?

Not everyone is going to be convinced to be a prepper no matter how persuasive and charismatic you may be. They simply either don’t have an interest in prepping or think they can just rely on others, possibly a mixture of the two. This is where your moral compass comes into play. If SHTF and your neighbor or a friend come knocking on your door with hungry kids, you’re probably going to give in and give them some food.

Don’t think this is a bad thing, just as long as it doesn’t take away from your family. Maybe you can have an entirely separate storage area specifically for those that come to you after SHTF; these supplies shouldn’t be free, make them pay for it somehow, labor is likely the best option. Help them create a garden, supply them with food until they can sustain themselves. Yes, this comes out of your pocket, but it’s better than the alternative.

The Most Important Thing To Do

Of course, money is always an issue when it comes to prepping, unless you’re Elon Musk. The truth is, however, that the best thing you can do to protect your preps is to store them at a bug-out location. This is, of course, if you have the ability to do so. If you can store your preps at a bug-out location you don’t have to worry about someone walking into your home and realizing you’re a prepper. Obviously this is because your preps are hidden off somewhere only you know about. It’s kind of like out of sight out of mind. Having a bug-out location also helps you avoid people coming to your door and asking for supplies or shelter. Mostly because you won’t be home, and neither will the supplies they’re looking for.

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