What Question Have You Always Wanted to Ask but Never Felt Comfortable? Feedback from the PREPAREDNESS COMMUNITY!


Recently, I put out a questionnaire to ask the Preparedness Community a few questions. The questions were:

  1. What ONE thing do you need help on to FEEL better prepared? Please type your response and feel free to elaborate.
  2. What EMERGENCY is your biggest concern? Feel free to elaborate.
  3. What other type of articles would you like to find/read about in regards to preparedness?
  4. What question have you always wanted to ask but never felt comfortable to ask?


I am grateful for my friends in the Preparedness Community, website and blog owners who made their readers aware of the questionnaire so that we could get a broad range of answers. I wish I could name them all here, but there are many out there who I know promoted the questionnaire.

The goal of the questionnaire was to get feedback so that those of us who own websites and blogs can target some of the questions that preppers might have. My hope is that articles, podcasts and videos will bounce off of this data and ultimately help ALL of us become better prepared.

This last question in the series is telling in that those who answered were offered anonymity.  The fact is, although many of us in the Preparedness Community like to be helpful, there are some places out there that aren’t very friendly.  Newbies or even those who might have a question concerning a specific topic might choose to remain quiet or not ask at all because of the response they might receive.  I myself have experienced this.

The other side of this, and something that I’ve been saying throughout this series, is that there is already a ton of information out there.  Many of the questions below have answers somewhere online.  You can find a lot using the TAG CLOUD on Prepper Website.  But nevertheless, we still need people offering advice and writing articles in new fresh ways and in different perspectives.

If you would like to take a stab at answering some of the questions, feel free to leave your answer in the comment section.  If you are Preparedness Blogger, I would encourage you to take a few of these questions and run with a great article.  If you are a prepper who would like to answer one of these questions, but feel your answer should be written in a post/article instead of a comment, feel free to upload your article at Your Preparedness Story.

I didn’t edit any questions.  I did take out answers that said “I don’t have a question” or something like “I don’t have a problem asking questions.”  I also deleted the blanks.

So here are the questions.

What question have you always wanted to ask but never felt comfortable to ask?

  • How can I be as prepared as posible and not worry about the gov”t confiscating everything ? Also, If there are so many people wanting to help others,why do they all charge so much for everything they offer? wouldn”t it be more helpful to charge less or give things away for free if they really cared about other preppers?
  • Just how many people are actually prepping?
  • What is the best way to deal with criminals and what is acceptable in a teotwawki? Do we go back to hanging horse thieves? Is everything going to be punishable by death in a teotwawki.
  • Do I really want to live in a post whatever world?
  • assisting in child birth after teotwawki
  • Have we forgotten about art and music and poetry and literature? In our survival libraries, let us not forget Bibles and all the things that have linked humans throughout all time. They are part of our survival, our breath, our in-spiration to continue during desperate times. Even in the most isolated places, they connect us with what it means to be human.
  • I’ve never been one for holding back so I don’t question at this time.
  • Checklist of govt actions before martial law.
  • What is the best way to decide who gets to join the group and who does not. I have some friends who would really be an assest, but their spouses would be a drag on the group. Do I just take the good with the bad or not take on either of them?
  • Is there an area in the USA where preppers, patriots, etc. have begun to migrate and settle?
  • Not comfortable asking others about prepping, and building a community with others.
  • Living in the country, with a WORL situation, should we open our gates and let our dogs go hunt for their food? That’s after we have exhausted food stored for them.
  • Will modern moral values survive SHTF?
  • What rescores would be given to a family member you had to expel form mag group.
  • Why so many articles on the philosophy of preparedness, ask yourselves do I care.
  • Why is there so much talk about violence on prepper sites? I don’t think most people will become roving bandits if she.
  • Why do people get fixated one ONE emergency? That’s like buying groceries, but only shopping one aisle. Seems narrow minded to me.
  • How do you decide when it’s time to sacrifice yourself for the greater good of your group
  • not to many questions I’m afraid to ask, just maybe not thinking of what to ask yet as I’m a beginner prepper, help me think of things i haven’t yet thought of
  • How do you prepare for shtf for pets? what about prepardness for mobility restricted people?
  • can the law or goverment stop you from being a prepper
  • what should be your attitude for preparing for a family, while they are not preparing for themselves?
  • I would like some input on how to deal with the emotional stresses of dealing with people that might come knocking and begging for supplies that they failed to stock up on. I have a soft heart and would find it very difficult to turn away a begging mother with children. I hope that my lack of helping others doesn’t put too much emotional stress on me. I hope my decisions will not disappoint Jesus….
  • Are you a Prepper?
  • How can I get my partner more involved. The idea is there, but no actions other than verbal agreement that we need to do something.
  • When you’re poor, how can you get it done when money is so tight?
  • Survival of babies and small children
  • being limited by back pain, what can I do to make my home my shelter?
  • Where to start and how not to get overwhelmed?
  • I’m not really afraid to ask questions, but I feel the firearms community could be more welcoming for beginners. I really dont know much and feel nervous about being criticized for asking a dumb question.
  • Why do so many “preppers” assume that everyone has a choice about where they live, how much they can prepare, and what they can or cannot do? Not everyone is a youngster that is strong and spry with no health issues or family members with health issues. Not everyone has an acre of open land to grow things on. Not everyone is healthy enough for the vigors of tending a large garden.
  • Ways of protection, your family and your home without a gun?
  • How do others plan to share duties within a community while maintaining your own family unit as you see fit?
  • i dislike polititions ,lawyers,bankers ,and business people who dont care but i am a kind person if i had to would i …or should i help them survive ???
  • how do you handle non-preppers who come to your door looking for help, especially with elderly or children
  • human waste disposal
  • I’d love to see a food storage plan without dry milk!
  • How do I keep to myself while surrounded by those who would question me concerning my provisions ?
  • Reasonable storage ideas that still allow your house to be company ready and comfortable. I also want to keep it private, don’t need every acquaintance aware of my supplies.
  • If having to vacated only carring a load on my back wouldnt can goods be to heavy and a waste if energy
  • Where do I start if I want to be a prepper?

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Todd Sepulveda

I'm the owner/editor of Prepper Website, a DAILY preparedness aggregator that links to the best preparedness articles on the internet. I'm also a public school administrator and a pastor. My personal blog is Ed That Matters, where I write about preparedness and from time to time, education. Connect with me on one of my social media outlets below.

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