Are you ready for a disaster? Nearly half of Louisiana residents may be 'survivalists'
Nearly half of Louisiana residents may consider themselves to be survivalists, a study from a website that offers survival products and advice found.
Primal Survivor released a study showing that nearly 150 million Americans described themselves as “survivalists,” including an estimated 2 million in Louisiana. The study was based on a survey of 3,000 individuals in March 2023.
Around half — about 43.7% — of Louisiana’s estimated 2022 population would consider themselves to be survivalists based on the study’s results. With Louisiana specifically, the large number of survivalists may be due to the large number of natural disasters the state faces.
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“The stats don’t lie – two in three Americans have been affected to some degree by an extreme weather event,” said Paul Simpson, the chief editor for Primal Survivor, in a release. “Even if the worst-case scenario doesn’t ever transpire, preparing thoroughly will give you peace of mind on a day-today-basis.”
Hawaii had the largest percentage of survivalists, with around 62% of the state’s residents considering themselves to be survivalists. Primal Survivor said it’s possible that the state’s isolation and natural disasters could be major factors in the high percentage of survivalists since the state could be at risk of being cut off from resources from the continental U.S.
Rhode Island had the lowest percentage with around 13%.
Compared to Louisiana’s neighboring states, Mississippi has the highest percentage of preppers with 51.6%, followed by Texas with 46.4%. Arkansas has a percentage of 45.7%.
The study doesn’t reveal a lot about what Louisiana residents may be preparing for. Across the U.S., the biggest reasons were natural disasters or weather events, with more than half of respondents saying that’s why they’ve been stocking up on supplies.
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Around 16% said they were most worried about an economic collapse, while around 14% are preparing for an international conflict. About 13% said they were worried about another major pandemic. About 3% are preparing for political unrest.
The study also appears to indicate that more people are joining the survivalist movement. More than one-third of respondents said the news about balloons prompted them to ramp up their preparations. More than half of respondents said they were more likely to become survivalists now than they were years ago.
The study and Primal Survivor don’t draw a lot of lines between different types of survivalists or preppers. For the survey, it was also up to the respondent’s own definition of a survivalist, meaning they could range from having an emergency kit to having a fully-stocked bunker.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency has released recommendations on having a basic survival kit, including three days’ worth of bottled water and non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first aid kit, a whistle and warm clothing.