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Coronavirus and other crises : How preppers prepare for the worst

The "Emergency Nutrition Monthly Package Classic" for 259 euros? Long gone. The Swiss manufacturer “SicherheitsSatt” attests that it is a “successful product mix for a crisis”. It contains whole milk powder, red lentils, black beans, chickpeas, spelled flakes, sugar, wheat flour and so on - 259 euros?

It would be lactose-free 329. Savers can usually switch to the seven-day “Emergency Food” package in a guaranteed stackable bucket for only 88 euros, but that too is no longer in stock.

“You can't even imagine what's going on here,” says Stephan Brienen with a slight triumph in his voice, “I process ten times more orders than usual.” Brienen is a prepper, and even more: a prepper in times of coronavirus. And he is the owner of an online prepper shop based in Kleve in the Lower Rhine region. Be prepared! Be prepared! Is the motto. But what actually? - this is becoming clearer to others from day to day.

So who's the nut here?

The first preppers hit the US during the Civil War in the mid-19th century when common southerners began burying boxes of groceries in secret locations. Just in case, so the worst.

A prepper's primary pursuit is to build supplies. So a prepper would be kind of a runaway apocalyptic housewife?

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The average German lives 30,000 days, but would usually only survive three without any external supplies. When did the actual human incarnation begin? Preppers like Brienen ask. Right when he started stocking up. But humans usually have long run out of supplies. So who's the nut here?

What is striking about Brienen's products are the best-before dates: around 2030. The three "NRG-5" energy bars from the "Emergency Nutrition Monthly Package Classic" can even be kept until 2040. At this point, buyers should check whether the stated best-before date tends to correspond to their own, because it is humiliating when your own canned food outlives you. Brienen categorically rejects the request to visit him. Preppers are not that easy to visit. And nobody is spying on their supplies!

Or should he talk more about exhausted supplies? “The companies just can't keep up,” says Stephan Brienen with regret and satisfaction at the same time. He's on lunch break, but lets himself be tempted to talk to her on the phone.

He's buried emergency supplies in all directions

Everyday life of an apocalyptic, Brienen sounds very friendly, he seems to be a rather reserved person. His awakening experience was Fukushima, he says. This sudden, all-shattering perception of how abnormal reality, normality, can be. And how close the disaster at any time. Every virus knows that. Isn't normality the borderline case of the abnormal?

After all, he can still offer customers to put together their own emergency shopping cart. Freeze-dried cream spelled soup, consisting of 48 percent wholegrain spelled and 24 percent green spelled flour, unfortunately not gluten-free, is still available. Makes exactly 12.5 liters, costs 27 euros. Freeze-dried tomato soup is cheaper. The name of the manufacturer, "Innova Sicherheitstechnik GmbH", sounds like safe construction.

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Berlin's most famous prepper at the moment is called Walter Noack and is a character in a novel. At night he runs from Görlitzer Park to the Plänterwald in Treptow, where he climbs into the Spree, protected from neoprene, to swim to the Schlesisches Tor, and then back the same way. “When I crawled past the Badeschiff, train by train, meter by meter, I saw the hipsters sitting there… I didn't want to end like that. When the hour came, I was ready and able to react. But these people went under. "

Walter Noack has buried emergency supplies all over Berlin, because nobody knows beforehand in which direction he would have to flee. Cities are one thing above all else: traps. During the day, Noack works in the newsroom of a large Berlin newspaper, largely ignored by the editors. He erases the rabble and outbursts of hatred from the online reader comments, a job that does not improve his confidence in the world and people. The author Johannes Groschupf received the German Krimipreis for his crime novel “Berlin Prepper” last year.

"For the preppers we are just sleeping sheep"

Groschupf sits in his favorite café on Heinrichplatz in Kreuzberg. A guy like a closet. Wasn't that to be expected? If necessary, it swims to the Baltic Sea and back again in one night. How much “Berlin Prepper” is there in the author?

Groschupf laughs in a somehow unexpected way. So open, so relaxed. Preppers are not left. Can preppers actually laugh? He is more of the opposite type, explains Groschupf, Kreuzberg halt, left alternative, why deny that.

But he worked for five years in just the same newsroom as his creature Noack, at Tagesspiegel, and had a colleague there who showed completely clear symptoms. “I felt the underground tremor of digital popular anger every day and also experienced this man,” he says. At some point the two came together to create the scenario for his novel.

This overly precise, almost compulsive thing. As Noack cut up in the novel, no, the former colleague dissected an apple every morning, cut it into the thinnest, absolutely proportional slices. Before that he couldn't work. And at home in the living room there would have been canned goods instead of books on the shelves.

Perhaps the original of Walter Noack finally ruined his marriage when he began to store pallets with Bundeswehr provisions under the common bed, Combat Ration, Type I, II and III. Indian rice pan, hamburgers in tomato sauce, canned ravioli. In addition, coffee extract and water disinfection tablets. “For the preppers, we're just sleeping sheep,” says Groschupf.

Preferably also a panic room

But living rooms or bedrooms are stopgap solutions anyway. The most important room in a prepper's life is his basement. But not in the way city apartments usually have, partitioned off with wooden slats through which anyone who is not called can look. No, the basement should be well insulated, armored would be better, low, if possible without cables running through. This is important in the event of a disaster. The best thing is to have a panic room as well.
Anyone who has never been in the basement of a prepper can do so online now. On the YouTube channel “Doom Prepper”, “Doom Prepper” guides you through his “rotation warehouse”. Cans, cans, cans. From savoy cabbage stew with bacon to ravioli in tomato sauce to pickled cabbage roulade.

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Most of them would feel sick just looking at the cellar, or as a sleeping sheep puts it at Groschupf: "Before I eat ravioli from a can, the world should end." Preppers probably only make such culinary statements with a long, knowing one Acknowledge look. “Doom Prepper”, maybe 30 years old, is not to be envied for its post-apocalyptic menu. But he knows what he's doing it for.

“Doom Prepper” comes from Doomsday, which is the day of the judgment day, which is why one speaks of the “Doomern” in the United States. It is a daring idea to try to counter the apocalypse by keeping supplies. And with "rotation bearings".

Rotary storage means: New cans are always placed at the back, but what, according to the expiration date, almost falls off the shelf at the front, has to be eaten.

Together they celebrated the anniversary of the Köpenick power failure

This is how housewives do it too, but they never speak of “rotation camps”. Ever since the media have been repeating what the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance has been recommending since 2016, namely that everyone should have an emergency supply for ten days, broad layers have developed a feeling for what tends to be abnormal in normality.

Around 70 percent of German citizens consider crisis prevention to be important, but just five percent, according to the prepper shop “Safe City”, have an emergency supply. That was the pre-Corona booth, of course.

Groschupf is still following the prepper online forums, it's an old habit. It says, for example: "Second level of long-life milk packed in the cellar, is now part of the rotation." Or: "I sent my parents a pandemic package today." Dialogues are rather rare.

Groschupf is also registering the increasing feeling of triumph in the scene, with thousands having registered for the online forums. They just celebrated the first anniversary of the great Köpenick power outage together. Nothing worked anymore.

95 percent of preppers are men, says Groschupf, and younger men of the older type, not infrequently habitual loners. Not infrequently - and that shouldn't sound malicious - the last or penultimate who want to be the first one day.

Not infrequently those who seem to be longing for the state of emergency, such as that now prevails in Italy, for example. Because only then would you realize who they really are: the real heroes, the heroes of the last hour. However, this is also where the entry gates to right-wing extremist “fortifications” and whatever extremisms are.

Strangers in their own world

But you shouldn't make it too easy for yourself. We are primeval horde animals. 95 percent of all the days that humans have been walking on this planet in terms of their tribal history, they have wandered in small groups through a potentially hostile environment.

Your genes have never forgotten that. Evolution has not adapted them to their self-created environment. Genetically speaking, they are strangers in their own world. They are reminded of this by crisis situations. In crisis situations nobody thinks with the cerebral cortex anymore. But with what then?

In front of a bourgeois residential building in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, two former olive trees stand on the left and right as a greeting, almost without leaves, secured with heavy metal chains. Two post-apocalyptic forms of life, exposed to the prepper maxim: Everyone takes care of himself! Behind this door, the prepper Daniel Schäfer is holding a seminar for business start-ups.

"If you fail to plan, you plan to fail"

A likable man in his forties, whom you would believe the chief doctor, lawyer or professor, offers you the Corona greeting: multiple knocks with the knuckles of the closed hand. Perhaps that morning he also received the Russian television team that had asked him about the nation's pension situation.

They said the American secret service developed the virus to harm China, says the start-up coach. It is said that preppers are particularly prone to conspiracy theories, but Schäfer's open face shows nothing but disbelief. Russian television was probably very disappointed with his ignorance.

On the front wall of Schäfer's office is the motto in large black letters: “If you fail in planning, you plan to fail.” Could be a prepper saying. Schäfer is now sitting behind a huge, semicircular, leather-covered yew desk, as one would expect in a gentlemen's club in London, and talking about white and black swans.

The white swan, it will soon become clear, has been Central European times of peace since 1945. Central Europeans no longer believe in black swans, their sense of habit, i.e. their sense of normalcy, speaks against it. But everyone knows: they exist.

Schäfer's perceptions are grounded a little differently anyway. “I did part one and part two of the lone fighter training in the Bundeswehr,” he says. Part one was "Surviving in the Enemy Hinterlands". Black swans only. Nothing to eat, nothing to drink, not sleep and be hunted. When it was over, Schäfer looked at every tap like a miracle. Water from the wall, that's not normal.

Preppers generally have two backpacks

Preppers do not believe that the state is still able to act in an emergency. They like to design disaster scenarios: what collapses and how quickly, in which order, until the looters roam the streets. And if there is no more water: Under no circumstances press the toilet flush, it is essential to save the precious liters from the box! And let the tub fill up in good time, but don't take a bath in it!

“I'm prepared for 30 days at home and 30 days outside,” explains the start-up trainer, who also offers survival camps. There are overlaps. He's also studying theology.

Of course, Schäfer buried supplies, in Berlin and outside of it. He has planned escape routes and set up meeting places with family and friends. Both escape backpacks are packed.

Schäfer notices the questioning look and adds: “Preppers basically have two, one small and one large. The little one is the EDC backpack, every day care. ”Or every day carry, filled with everything preppers should have with them every day. The big thing is mainly technology.

Calories! Coffee! Toilet paper!

Exactly what Stephan Brienen from the Klever Prepper Shop is currently mainly sending. Or sent: for example the ten-day emergency package including gas heater, gas cooker, “Micropur MF1T water purifier”, “Waka Waka Solar Powerbank 2200 mAh” for charging mobile phones in the forest, solar crank radio and the “Feuerhand” storm lantern. Makes 299 euros, unfortunately already sold out. A fully packed, large escape backpack costs 1499 euros.

You don't always have to talk about Judgment Day. Contemporary intelligences translate it as follows: the end of the world as we know it. The end of the world as we know it. For Brienen it started with Fukushima 2011, for others the financial crisis of 2008 was the big signal. Nobody can eat money.

According to Brienens prepper colleague Clayton Husker from Schleswig-Holstein, the three big Ks of prepping are: Calories! Coffee! Toilet paper! Incidentally, coffee is not included in the 30-day emergency package. At Brienen there is usually some that will last until 2034. But also sold out.

With the crossbow in front of the pasta shelf

The importance of toilet paper in the scene is absolutely noticeable. Brienen's emergency technology package, which is currently not available, also includes an emergency toilet with twelve disposable bags and five rolls of toilet paper. They are indicated separately.

And Schäfer can explain that: there is no doubt that toilet paper is an ingenious product. In addition to primary use, it is also suitable as a bandage, insulating and information material and as a water filter.

Above all, Brienen is sending pepper spray at the moment. Pepper spray for Corona? Of course, says Brienen. It is not enough to have supplies, you have to know how to defend them in an emergency. NATO wire is also selling well.

Maybe he's right. When a thousand hands suddenly reach for the last pack of pasta in an emptied supermarket ... But if somebody with a crossbow suddenly stands in front of the pasta shelf, he's definitely a prepper.

The prepper's preference for crossbows was also noticed by the “Berlin Prepper” author Groschupf. Crossbows are legal and deter storage thieves. And you can hunt with them like your ancestors.

Groschupf, on the other hand, not only doesn't have a crossbow, he says, he also doesn't have a single extra portion of pasta in the house.

On the website of the Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, which considers its recommendations to be completely sufficient, everyone can read what they should have in an emergency. It says something like: asparagus in glasses, 400 grams, pineapple in cans, 350 grams. He needs to go shopping urgently. “I'd rather go to the library!” He says.

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