I dislike the term Doomsday prepper because it conjures images of some very strange people barricaded in their residences that they have filled to overflowing with thousands of rolls of toilet paper, toothpaste, guns and ammo. The truth is that those people are the exceptions in the prepper movement. The dictionary defines doomsday as a day of reckoning and there are those who choose to apply the word only to end of world events such as a nuclear disaster but in reality it can be as simple as the end of your own comfortable world "as you know it." It can be the result of a personal challenge such as the loss of a job, illness or even surviving the effects of a hurricane or blizzard. It might even be a truckers strike that ends, even if only for a few weeks, the transport of everything we take for granted, from the goods that stock the shelves in the market to the fuel in the underground tanks at the gas station. I think that most of todays "preppers" are people who have returned to the mindset of previous generations who understood they were responsible for themselves and the government was not meant to be their savior from every bump in the road. As a prepper, I like knowing that if my power is out for a week or two, it is merely an inconvenience, not a disaster. I like knowing that I have enough food and water on hand that being unable to run to the market everyday will not leave me hungry or thirsty. I like knowing that I have not only goods stored but have taken the time to the master skills that I might need to provide for myself and my family if a true disaster strikes because preparation means more than a full pantry. Take a little time to think about your personal doomsday and how prepared you are to to meet the challenges that may come your way.