We tend to think of disaster as something that happens to others. But a growing number of people around the UK – preppers or survivalists, in the parlance – are quietly gearing up for the worst. They’re filling pantries with supplies in case their local food chains disintegrate, storing thermals in their cars in the event that they break down in a snowstorm, packing “go-bags” with a collection of bare necessities – supposing they need to leave home in a hurry. [The Guardian, January 2018]
(chiefly US) a person who believes a disaster is likely to occur in the near future and makes preparations for it, esp. by stockpiling food and other supplies
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