Saturday, March 7, 2020

COVID-19 Preppers

Needless to say there's a lot of frustrations on social media right now regarding Coronavirus. Not about the virus itself per say--at this point, most of us have not been personally touched by COVID-19. Mainly the frustrations are coming from those who are annoyed by the "alarmists" who are "stockpiling supplies" and "spreading fear" (to pull a couple quotes from twitter). 

So I'd like to offer another, less popular perspective on the matter (or an explanation, if you will).

Most stockpilers aren't alarmists, nor are they panicking/scared of the virus. 

So why are they piling up on supplies then?

I'm not a prepper, but I do have enough food/water for about three months if there's ever a disaster, so I feel like I can weigh in on this with two main reasons:
  1. When thousands of people are suddenly stockpiling, you're often forced to do the same to ensure you have basic necessities--not for an emergency, but for next week. Take the toilet paper shortage earlier this week. Clint and I woke up to media reports that there were shortages on toilet paper. A friend/colleague of mine sent her husband to our local Costco for TP, and there was none to be found. Upon learning this, Clint immediately placed a bulk order from Amazon. Not because we were scared, or panicking, or alarmists, but because we want to be able to wipe our asses next Tuesday. Did we add to the toilet paper shortage in that moment? Yes. Do I care? Not really. Because unless I can convince thousands of people to slow their roll and quit stockpiling, I'm stuck doing the same, given that my priority is to take care of my family (and their booties). But the irony here is--it wasn't actually preppers that compounded the problem. It was the media. By advertising TP shortages to the masses, guess how people responded? By buying more toilet paper. And this is happening on social media all day long; fear mongering posts and tweets about mass-buying hysteria when in reality these posts themselves are inciting (or at least aggravating) the act.
  2. The second reason people are stockpiling is because situations like this remind people to take stock of what they have and prepare for the worst. This doesn't make them alarmists. They simply aren't sheep who assume that the government will always have their backs. For example, anytime we experience a small tremor here in California, it reminds me that I should be prepared for a larger earthquake, which may lead to me buying an extra case of bottled water that month to store in my cellar. This is not me trembling in fear that another earthquake is about to strike. It's simple awareness, and common sense. COVID-19 is now spreading its spiny fingers through the U.S. and we now have 45 active cases in my state (as of yesterday), but honestly, I don't know anyone in real life whose panicking about it. However, some of us are using this as an opportunity to take inventory. Think of COVID-19 as a yellow flag. A talking point. Are we prepared for a pandemic? Are we prepared for an economy collapse? Most of us aren't worried about these things, but COVID reminds us that we shouldn't sit around, guilelessly floating in our bubbles of ignorance, either. It's a good time to have those conversations, and to get ready for an event that might happen five years down the road, ten, twenty, now, or never. (Somewhat related: I just finished reading a book about the Yellow Fever in 1793, and you better believe the people living in Philadelphia at the time desperately wished they had considered these things.)
So keyboard warriors can keep railing out on social media about how preppers are making the situation worse, but really it accomplishes nothing. You'll never be able to talk thousands of people into not preparing to take care of themselves and their loved ones in an impending (albeit perceived) event. And frankly, you might be making the situation worse by leading others to believe that preppers are about to clean out store shelves. That incites panic--not a few folks quietly buying some emergency supplies. So either grab a few extra Top Ramens and canned veggies yourself during your next grocery store run, or get over it. Let them do them, and you do you.

26 comments:

  1. I was going to say something else, but we had a tornado last week that killed several people and flatten homes and businesses, so I see no point in worrying even a little bit about the future when I could die tonight. However, in my opinion, people have a right to complain about things they think are ridiculous, and you have a right to complain about people complaining. None of it accomplishes anything, but if people need to vent, they should, if it will help, and keep them from stewing in their own agitation. I'm not sure it does, but it's not my life.

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    1. I heard about your tornado! I've been wondering about you. I even sent you a thingy through FB to see if you were okay.

      I'm not one to complain about people complaining, unless I feel like I'm coming from a perspective that's being under-represented. Those whose viewpoint is being labeled as 'crazy' on social media should know there are some people out there who understand where they're coming from. Otherwise my approach generally is to shake my head at both sides of the complaining-fence and go have a beer.

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    2. P.S. I find that viewpoint kinda sad--"I see no point in worrying even a little bit about the future when I could die tonight." (Though in light of recent events I can see why you feel that way). It's just...you have only one little life here on planet Earth. Why not stick around until you have no choice?

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    3. I'm pretty sure I meant that in a more positive way then it sounds, but maybe I don't. I've been in quite a terrible mood lately. I didn't know you could send check-ins to people on Facebook. We were all getting a lot of messages that day. I didn't even check my notifications outside of direct messages. People in my city are fine, it's just scary. I understand your POV, regarding the post. People have a right to feel comfortable and safe. I have a friend in California who messages me about it every single day, and another friend in California running around scared, and I wish I could have sympathy for them, but I don't.

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    4. I think simply acknowledging that people have the right to feel comfortable and safe is enough. No one expects you—or anyone—to feel sympathy for Californians. Especially over a perceived threat. There are real issues happening in the nation right now.

      Sorry that you’re feeling down; I hope things brighten for you soon.

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    5. ^(I don't know why my comments keep showing from 'unknown'. Arghhh).

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  3. I was on Facebook last week, when there was only just one case in California, and this lady was next to hysterical about it. She was no where near where that one case was, she was asking about the best non-perishable supplies so she could get them and lock herself down. I won't lie, I rolled my eyes a little bit. It wasn't because she was prepping, I don't particularly think there's anything wrong with that (unless you're buying bomb shelters in rural Canada or building yourself an underground bunker in your back yard, then it's a little crazy). It was because she was hysterical and planning to lock herself inside, and she was spreading that hysteria on Facebook.

    It's fine to prep, it's almost a necessity in places where natural disasters can kill you (earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes). What's not okay is going to the public domain and causing a panic. I also think it's not okay for people to perceive preparedness as panic. It's a two-way street, both sides aren't really right.

    All that said, I completely agree with your perspective on this. When people panic and buy all the toilet paper and hand soap (like, why weren't they using hand soap before?), it causes others to have to do something similar just to be able to take care of themselves. No one wants to run out to toilet paper, that would be awful.

    On a last note, I think the people who are being too nonchalant about this are just as bad as the ones panicking. It's fine not to worry about it to the point where you're unable to function. But, people who say things like "the flu is more likely to kill you" and then just go on blowing off a real threat, are the ones helping to spread both misinformation and the virus.

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    1. Kristyn, you literally just nailed my entire perspective on this matter, but in much better words than I can. (Can we just copy/paste this whole comment into my blog post in lieu of mine?). :P Especially this: "I think the people who are being too nonchalant about this are just as bad as the ones panicking..." I'm seeing this everywhere. My sister (a very level-headed, rational person) posted a useful site on FB last week where people could monitor the latest stats on Coronavirus, and the comments from people quoting cold/flu stats to downplay COVID definitely had an accusatory tone, as if the fact that she was posting such a site made her an alarmist. I don't understand why everything has to be such a slippery slope. If you show the slightest hint that you're monitoring the Coronavirus issue, you're immediately an irrational alarmist spreading fear. *insert perplexed emoji here* People, it IS possible to be calm/rational, yet monitoring a growing issue at the same time. And it's also okay if said-calm/rational people pick up a few extra supplies if they choose without being perceived or labeled as panicking. Not in the manner of your hysterical friend (that's downright wrong; drama queens and panic-mongers drive me crazy), but in a quiet, non-advertising manner.

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    2. ^(Me, Jodi. Stupid Blogger) ;)

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