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Finding Love While Prepping

April 11, 2012 by  

Finding Love While Prepping
“For better or for worse” may take on a whole different meaning for prepper couples.

If you are single, prepping can be a lonely lifestyle and dating may be even more treacherous than it is for non-preppers. Imagine trying to explain the importance of the five-year food store and impressive ammo cache in your basement to someone who is interested only in what happened on the latest episode of “Jersey Shore” or which team the Braves are playing this week.

And then there are all of the tin-foil hat jokes.

Few people appreciate the prepper lifestyle and may find it weird that you carry a concealed weapon for protection, a bug-out kit in the car and spend time in public places identifying threats and planning escapes. Even though being prepared for disaster is a basic responsibility of all humans, partners who understand the prepping lifestyle are often few and far between.

Luckily, Andrea Burke, a 45-year-old teacher from Montana, recognizes the plight of the single prepper. She runs a website called Survivalist Singles that is similar to popular dating sites like eHarmony and Only, on Survivalist Singles one might find stockpiling non-perishable food, shooting weapons and perfecting bug-out plans listed alongside “long walks on the beach” in the interests section.

The site launched in 2010 and currently has about 1,640 members. Burke told CNN Money that she hopes to see the site grow. While membership is free for now, she plans to charge a $5 per month fee so she can pay for maintenance and improvements.


Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • dan

    i’m willing to relocate for love but consider the logistical nightmare of moving all my crap :)

    • peter

      Get rid of your stuff which doesn’t give you love but headache; trade headache for love any time, I would!

  • FreedomFighter

    Preppers go mainstream…gotta love it

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • RichE

    “long walks on the beach” and dumpster diving for two.

  • Robert Smith

    I used to be a prepper. When I was single I always carried a condom.


    • former walmart person

      I didn’t consider something… Unwanted pregnancy could go up in a post hyperinflationary collapse. Plastic condems may eventually dissapear as a certain level of high tech is needed to manufacture the plastic (although I suppose there is always the “sheep skin” and other such nonsense condems). Also, your local abortion mills will be nonexistent, if for no other reason then planned parenthood employees will be more interested in food acquision then contiuning what may be an impossible business in a post hyperinflationary collapse so the woman would be more likely to carry until birth whether wanted or not. However, considering that your desire for sex would probably go up as it seems to in 3rd world hell holes right now, one must be careful. An pregnancy carries consequences in a survival situation… Men, practice your dick discipline!

  • oldbill

    I’m married, and I am a semi-prepper. I have weighed the idea that I may be prepared but the disaster may destroy the location of my stores, or I may not be at the stores and be unable to get to them. I do keep a supply of consumables that could last a year if rationed and I am practiced at havesting wild plants and animals. I admire singles who have taken on the task of providing for themselves and I would think a like minded person would make a great companion, if all other things fit. I only store things that I regularly consume, which means that when the power goes off, I’ll have a lot of canning to do out of the freezer.

  • 45caliber

    Considering the present situation in the world, a good single prepper might want to insure he/she has enough goods for a second person, at least. Because after the disaster, everyone will be very happy to find a prepper for romance.

    • former walmart person

      You can always take your stock and divide by 2, or more technically divide by some number less than 2 since women generally have less caloric and water needs then men unless they happen to be pregnant.

  • JimH

    Out of the 1640 members, I wonder what the male to female ratio is.
    Not being single it’s a moot point for me, but others may want to know.

    • Sirian

      From the numbers posted on the Survivalist Singles website, the ratio is 2.3 men to every woman, excluding couples. So, there’s gonna be a bit of competition at play JimH. Give it time, who knows, it could end up 12:1. . . :)

      • former walmart person

        Thats no different from other sites. There is always like 2-3 men for every women on most dating sites. More and more women are joining as the idea of finding love on the internet goes more mainstream, but most attractive women have to fight off unwanted males as opposed to hunting for males unlike men who pretty much have to hunt and are never hunted so to speak.

  • David169

    If everything falls apart preppers will have to band together into “tribes”. Everyone must work and sleep everyday. It is difficult to be completely vigilant when working. Vigilance can be electronic while sleeping but it is far better if someone is awake and looking.
    At any given time someone must guard the home turf foodstores, protect the perimeter, garden, hunt and protect the young and old who cannot protect themselves.
    If you look at how the American Indians were structured it is obvious to live in safety and be somewhat specialized because of training or physical ability the “tribe” needs between 25 and 60 people.
    It is my opinion single preppers are doomed to failure in the long run.

    • former walmart person

      Agree. The idea of someone becomming a “mad max road warrior” is crazy and foolish. The best prepared, most hard core survialist can not make it on his / her own for long. A gang of complete morons could probably overpower him/her as numbers can add up. If the crap hits the fan, you must eventually band together with like minded people or eventually parish.

  • former walmart person

    The man with food and goods after a hyperinflationary collapse will get plenty of P and may even find himself a local leader, whether wanted or not. That, or a target.


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