Preppers, identify yourselves!

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A little discussion/vote has been going down over at American Preppers Network to determine a universal prepper symbol to be used to identify yourself as a prepper online and in the “real” world. The proposed symbol is P! – capitol “P” with an exclamation mark “!”.

In theory, the symbol would be used in digital signatures, on badges, stickers, brochures, and any other publicly visible item (tattoos anyone?) to help members of the prepper community identify one another for the purpose of communicating before TEOTWAWKI. Also on the table is a medical version of the symbol, P+ and a series of meaningful backgrounds:

Dark Blue to indicate a Law Enforcement/Legal background.
Green to indicate a Gardener/Farmer
Red to indicate a Firefighter/Pyrotechnician/Demolitionist
Grey to indicate a Skilled tradesman (Machinist/Gun Smith/Carpenter/Mason/Electrician/Etc.)
Purple to indicate Clergy (Any and All)
Black to indicate a Military background (Active or Inactive)
Cammo P! for a General Prepper
Cammo P+ for a Medical, Physician/Medic/Surgeon/RN/Etc.

There are also some open colors awaiting designation: Orange, Yellow, and White (no point in changing font color).

Pros of having such a simple include:

  • The easy identification of fellow preppers
  • Relative anonymity  – the average person either won’t know what the symbol means or won’t care
  • Easy ability to remove the symbol as needed

Cons are slightly more paranoid but no less valid:

  • People can identify you and take advantage in times of crisis
  • Possible invasion of privacy

So…what say you fellow preppers? Do we need this symbol? Will you use it?

Perhaps even more important, I’m curious to know if there would be any interest in starting prepper meet-up groups in various major US cities. I’d be interested in hosting one out west here if I thought there’d be participation. It could be an interesting way to mix with other preppers, get to know one another, share ideas, etc. After all, those who prep together, survive together. Let us know in one way or another!

-Wren

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We are two urbanites on a mission: To survive. We believe that the apocalypse is coming and that everyone has what they need to survive in the aftermath...they just don't know how to use it. Our purpose with this blog is to provide readers with the handy information they need to be prepared. Now before you write us off as crazy; know that we are just like you. Wren is a PR professional living on the west coast. She's active, clever, artistic, has an awesome dog, and thinks that cheese is the best food on the planet. Kennedy is in Finance on the east coast. She's an amazing cook, planner, yoga enthusiast, wine lover, and is the smarter, more down to earth of the two.

3 responses to “Preppers, identify yourselves!”

  1. rmactsc says :

    Perhaps instead of the letter P, just a symbol, not a letter might be better. Color options as stated are good but a letter will generate questions where as a symbol by most would be seen as a fashion design and nothing more; so my vote would be for an inconspicuous symbol.

  2. poliadic says :

    I was recently suprised to find there are prepper type meet up groups in the DC area, but they tend to display more as “survival enthusiast” groups with varying degrees of “prepperness”.

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