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You’ve been outed! Maybe they found you online. Maybe they saw you carrying supplies into your house. Maybe a close friend or family member spilled the beans. However it happened, the word is out and now everyone knows you’re a prepper.
This shouldn’t affect your day to day life too much. You might have to deal with a few ignorant people who think you’re crazy (here are some comebacks to people who say that), but that’s about it. The problem will be when a major disaster happens and everyone and their brother shows up at your door.
You won’t be able to help everyone, which means you’ll have to turn people away (possibly with a gun in your hand). So what should you do if the wrong people know you’re a prepper?
The first rule of prepping is, you do NOT talk about prepping.
1. Refuse To Talk About It – Just because people know you’re a prepper doesn’t mean you should start telling them about it. The less they know, the better. With any luck, some of them might even forget. But if you keep talking about it, you’ll make an impression and end up being the first person they think about when the SHTF.
2. Play Down Your Preps – If people ask about your preps, tell them you just have a few things stashed away for blackouts, hurricanes, heavy snow, etc. If they insist on knowing more, just tell them there’s not much to know and change the subject. You don’t have to answer any questions you don’t want to.
3. Hide Your Supplies – Start hiding your food and survival supplies around your home and only leave out a week’s worth of food. You could also bury survival caches or store supplies at the homes of people you trust. Then if people show up even though you played down your preps, you can say, “See, this is all I have.” When they leave, you can get the rest of your supplies.
4. Prepare to Bug Out – If you think people will flock to your house after disaster strikes, then your best bet might be to bug out before they show up. If you haven’t, start putting together a bug out bag (here’s a checklist that will help), and get ready to hit the road at a moment’s notice. However, you don’t want to bug out during a long-term disaster unless you have somewhere to go. Spend your weekends preparing a bug out location and don’t tell anyone about it.
5. Turn Your Home Into a Fortress – Go all out! Buy steel doors and reinforce them, install bulletproof windows or steel bars, put a large fence and various obstacles around your home, etc. That is, if you can afford it. Also keep in mind that you and your family will need an incredible amount of mental toughness if you can hear hungry people outside begging for food and water.
6. Prepare to Fight – When people get hungry enough, they turn into animals. Even people you once considered friends might turn on you. If they get inside despite your security measures and it comes to an all-out fight, your chances of survival will drop dramatically. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Familiarize yourself with your weapon of choice and get plenty of ammo for it. Again, this will take some serious mental toughness.
7. Move to Another Town – This is pretty extreme, and for many people it’s not very realistic. But if a lot of people know about your preps, it might be the only real solution. Look for another place to live and start applying for jobs there. Another thing you can do is move to another part of town but don’t give anyone (except people you trust) your new address.
I admit, most of these options aren’t very appealing. That’s why it’s best not to let the wrong people find out about your survival supplies in the first place. But if they already found out, at least now you know your options.