Being a Prepper, seems to be popular these days. It harkens back to early times hundreds and thousands of years ago where people had to be self sufficient. Now-a-days, it is more complicated because we don't raise our own food, we don't "can" foods to lay in a winter store. Store actually meant to store something, while today, stores are supply points for the populace that, in an emergency can fail since they are dependent on just-in-time inventory through the supply chain and transportation process--all of which can be interrupted in an emergency.
During Hurricane Irene, I went to check on my boat--which survived with some damage in an industrial area of Bridgeport. On the way home I decided to stop at McDonald's for a burger for my hungry dog. I noticed the drive through line was very long, so I parked and walked to the door. Just as I got there, they unlocked it. They had been closed until then. I walked up to the counter and as first in line placed my order for one plain double cheeseburger and a cup of water for my dog. I heard a huge commotion behind me. I turned around and there were 30 or more people in line behind me. Looking at the dejected looking faces, I realized that these people depended on McDonald's for food every day--food that I thought was fit for my dog in an emergency. McDonald's meals was their backup plan.
During Hurricane Sandy, Quebec Hydro came down with a fleet of trucks and workers to help restore power. It made me feel woinderful that our neighbors in Canada traveled so far to help out. However, the lowest elevations in Bridgeport were the last served because flood waters impeded work. This was also a poor neighborhood, exclusively black, and these people were throwing eggs at the volunteer utility workers from Canada. I was so embarrassed by this. Even worse, I later learned people were throwing rocks at the utility workers in Manhattan.
Living in Connecticut, near it's largest city, and going through two hurricanes in the last five years, I found it very troubling that so many people live hand to mouth, relying on government subsidies, and then are violent towards the very people who were trying to help them. I suppose going two days without TeleVision will do that to you. Imagine going three days without food. Give it a week and people will be eating each other.
On the other end of the spectrum, Preppers don't expect anyone at all to help them, and put aside money to stockpile (store) food, and fuel. They buy small generators to keep power going for a few lights
, the furnace
, a refrigerator
and TV's. They also buy guns, because they don't want their preps to be ripped off by violent savages who feel they are entitled to take anything in an emergency, and they don't want to eat their neighbors.
The US government feels the same way, with executive orders that give the government power to take anything they like in an emergency--for the common good. It is the Christian thing to help others in need. But at some point it could mean starving yourself to help others, then we enter the shady area where survival conflicts with charitable giving.
So it seems that a camper with a Genset or solar
, adequate batteries, and a supply of food is something small enough that it is less likely to be "commandeered" for the public good by the government and mobile enough to be kept (hidden) and used somewhere where an emergency can be ridden out safely. Or used to live in while waiting for an emergency to end.