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Why You Need to Keep Your Food Supply a Secret

Why You Need to Keep Your Food Supply a Secret

There is a sense of pride in food prepping, and television shows such as Doomsday Preppers sensationalize the process by showing boastful preppers who tell all about their supplies and how they are stored. What these preppers don’t realize is that they could be making themselves a future target of those who don’t prep. They could even become the target of governmental agencies responsible for distributing food to the public. Letting people know you have food is an invitation for trouble when food is scarce, which is why you need to keep your food supply a secret.

It may seem far-fetched, but it’s actually quite logical. In times of hunger, food becomes more than a commodity. It becomes survival. People will engage in violence in order to survive. Not only that, but the government could confiscate your food.


Some people fear the confiscation of food from organizations such as FEMA, but this is unlikely. There are rumors of executive orders that will allow FEMA to take your food, but they are simply rumors. Reality, however, is not far from that truth.

Nuclear Incident

Ideally, governments would take food from wholesale food producers, then grocery stores. However, a nuclear incident could ruin food sources, and this is when they could come to your door. Still, going door-to-door to get food is also a stretch of the imagination. Add to that a person’s drive to protect their food supply, and it might not be worth the effort.

Your Neighbors are the Problem

The real risk to your food supply is your neighbors. If you go around telling the world about your food supply, where do you think those who are looking for food will go? They may not turn violent, and you may be willing to share your food supply. Unfortunately, that means there is less for you and your loved ones. If you want to maintain your food supply, it’s better if your neighbors don’t come calling.

The Prepped Neighborhood

If you have a close-knit neighborhood, you may all be preppers together, and that is an ideal situation. However, everyone in that neighborhood still needs to be discreet about their supply, or the entire neighborhood will become a target. Additionally, a neighborhood filled with known food supplies is more likely to become a target of government or aid organizations.

Part of prepping and food storage for emergency situations should be keeping it quiet. People don’t need to know that you are prepared because it is likely that they are not.

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  • Tim Anderberg
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