Today's Survivalists: Call Them 'Preppers' No camouflage, but maybe stockpiles of canned food By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Dec 29, 2009 3:37 PM CST 13 comments Comments Preppers collect supplies to be ready for a range of mishaps. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – They’re ready for the worst, but they’re not your old-fashioned nutjobs: you won’t likely see "preppers" building bunkers in the woods or expecting the apocalypse. Today’s post-Katrina, recession-era survivalists, their fears heightened by 24-hour news and the Internet, just want to “take some steps to safeguard ourselves” for whatever might come next, one tells Newsweek. “I consider it more of a reaction than a movement,” says one Idaho prepper. “There are so many variables and potential disasters out there, being a prepper is just a reaction to that potential.” The reaction comes in many shapes: there are urban, suburban, and rural preppers; some learn to hunt; others prepare organic farms; still others simply keep some extra granola bars handy.