"... we're a prepper, wouldn'tcha like to be a prepper too!!" the idea of "prepping" has been totally mocked and destroyed by tv. about a month ago, some major storms hit, and my house was without power for over 24 hours. not a big compared to most "disaster" scenarios, except for when you have premie one month old and you're in the ball-sweat heat of a south texas summer. a large gas generator fixed the problem, and i now know that not only can it keep the house a "comfortable" 78 degrees when outside is above 100, but also it can handle my fridge as well and save all that precious meat. it was something i should have purchased a long time ago. those few hundred bucks were some of the best i've ever spent, even if i only use it maybe twice a year. fast forward to now: i have just surpassed 48 hours without running water (our well/pump broke, there's a leak somewhere, and yes people are actively trying to fix it). fortunately, we have also three now-invaluable assets: a brita filter, several trash cans, and a creek. as soon as the well went out, i went to the creek and filled up the trash cans. we pour that water into our toilets to "flush" them, and we run that water through the brita filter in order to wash dishes and baby bottles. bottled water is our drink of choice.... so we're not in a bad place per-se, but i'm also considering a rain water harvesting system as a backup just because this experience has shown me how vulnerable we are. focus: modern-day prepping. i'm not talking the extremist "getting ready for zombies" crap. i'm talking about the realistic disasters everyone has to deal with, like hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, power outages, in-laws, etc. what do you do to prep, and why? alt. focus: the "prepping" culture, as-seen-on-tv. agree with it or disagree? why and on what points? think any of it has any shred of potential? is tv just making fun of extremists crazy people, or is there actually something to the idea of prepping for [name your favorite] fallout?