I can hardly believe it. The New York Times, America’s liberal newspaper of record, has run an article by a New York City prepper. He tells why he is concerned. He is not alone.
Hurricane Sandy served as a wake-up call. But there were a lot of preppers who heard the call earlier.
They are of all races and income levels. I don’t know how they vote, but they are ready to vote where it counts: with their feet.
They have stored food and bug-out bags. If you don’t own a car and you ride the subway, I am not sure how you would bug out, but people are buying the bags.
The point is this: the idea is spreading that local government cannot safely be relied on to take care of you in a crisis. This is surely a sign of creeping sanity. If the idea has hit residents of New York City, it is approaching the tipping point phase.
I never expected to read this in the Times:
EARLY IN MY TRAVELS, I was told the man to see for a deeper understanding of prepping in New York was Aton Edwards, founder of the International Preparedness Network and author of the emergency survival guide “Preparedness Now!” Mr. Edwards, 51, is often called the city’s foremost expert in personal disaster preparation — he has appeared on the “Today” show, has taught his “Ready Up!” seminars to hundreds of participants with partners like the Red Cross and has set up, as part of the National Urban Self-Reliance and Preparedness Program, “incident command centers” across New York, like the one he recently created for the hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa in the Bronx.
The times, they are a changin’. So is the Times.