When disasters and catastrophes happen, they affect everyone, regardless of income level or social standing. Some disasters do not look like people think, because while everyone recognizes disasters such as earthquakes and storms, the disasters of unemployment and pandemics can be just as devastating to some people. Being prepared for situations where life changes drastically is just a wise thing to do.
This mindset is echoed by many people in today’s world, including several well-known people. These people have come to an understanding of the wisdom of being prepared for unexpected situations. There may be more who have not been as outspoken about their plans, but these have shared some of what they are doing.
Famous for the television show that shares her name, Roseanne tweeted that Americans should be prepared. She suggested that organizing plans with neighbors to grow good food, store water, store vitamins, and prepare an arsenal is a wise move. She also began growing her own food, finding it cool to earn dinner. She also feels that people should be sure to have cash and it is foolish not to. She encourages having guns, food, water, and medications, as well as community interaction for the safety of all.
Jamie Lee Curtis
A prolific actress, Jamie has partnered with the Red Cross to encourage people to be prepared for any situations. She made a video that is available on YouTube that explains how she customizes her survival kit for her family.
She may play characters that have little brainpower, but this ukulele-playing actress is actually very sensible. She talks about planning for disasters. She has an earthquake kit, including a tent. Her opinion is that everyone should be ready at any time, in case something happens.
Whether one preps for earthquakes, hurricanes, or zombies, the general preparations are similar. Firefly captain Nathan’s preference is to plan to survive a zombie apocalypse. One of the ways he has prepared is by learning to weld so he can add armor to his SUV for safety.
Olympic medalist and UFC fighter Ronda homesteads with her husband in the southern part of California. She does not consider it a negative thing to plan for doomsday, but rather a positive thing to plan to survive any catastrophe. They raise goats and chickens and also have a steer on their homestead, working toward being self-sufficient. She equates self-reliance with freedom and believes that knowing how to feed one’s self is much more important than knowing how to do higher math. Her goal is to be able to survive even if grocery stores are not available.
Like many people who prepare for a doomsday, Ryan did not choose to make it widely known that he was a prepper. However, the National Enquirer, who does not tend to care about privacy, printed a story about Ryan’s choice to stock up on protein bars and preparing for an earthquake that he feels is likely to happen in the not-too-distant future.
Along with these individual celebrities, there are some people who are parts of groups or who may be less known personally but the businesses they own or founded are very well known.
Facebook’s former product manager, Antonio Garcia Martinez, has purchased land on which he built a fully equipped bunker that includes firearms, generators, and other survival equipment.
Reddit’s co-founder, Steve Huffman, admits he is a prepper. He chose to correct his eyesight with Lasix so that he would be able to see without glasses or contacts in the case of an end of the world as we know it situation. He has built bunkers for safety and purchased motorcycles to facilitate evacuation, should it become necessary.
Walmart’s founding family, the Waltons, have long been known to be a prepping family. They have a bunker that was custom built in their hometown not long after the September 11th attacks in 2001. The whole family can fit in the bunker, and they employ a full-time security guard to protect it.
PayPal’s co-founder Peter Thiel has purchased a large piece of property in New Zealand where he has applied for citizenship, so he has a place to go if catastrophe hits.
Some other big names have purchased thousands of acres for vacation homes that are likely to double as safe places in case of disaster. These include Ted Turner, Jeff Bezos, and Bill Gates.
Should You Follow Their Footsteps?
The short answer is yes. In the case of a catastrophe, being unprepared can be an inconvenience, at best, and dangerous otherwise.
One never knows when something might happen that could shut things down, damage property, cause the power to be out for an extended time, or even cause injury that results in inability to continue as always. Any of these can be prepared for and most of them can be handled by stocking up on the same type of things.
The main things that are needed for one of these eventualities are food, water, shelter, and first aid. Once these are handled, adding entertainment such as games, puzzles, and reading material can help if one has a lot of time to fill or if there are children along. The suggestion from Jamie Lee Curtis that families include a photo of the family in their emergency kit is one that is less common, but makes a lot of sense, as it can help children to be able to see the whole family. If children have a particular toy or blanket, they tend to cling to, this is a good thing to include, as well, for comfort.
Remember to customize preparations to your own family. Despite the similarities, survivalism is not one size fits all. Different people have different specific needs – such as medications – and different likes. A family consisting of only teenagers will need different things than a family that has babies and toddlers. Make sure the supplies are sufficient for the people in your household.