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Meet the Preppers: Josh Wander

Josh Wander gets interviewed in his place of worship, The Temple.

Josh Wander gets interviewed in his place of worship. (View larger version)

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"I'm preparing for a terrorist attack."

Josh Wander is an orthodox Jewish father of six who moved his family from Jerusalem to Pittsburgh, where he has become a local politician. He fears that a terrorist attack in the United States is imminent and he is using his campaign for city council to educate the community about prepping. In the event of an attack, Josh plans to bug-in, and has begun stockpiling food for his family in such a scenario. However, food storage is more difficult for Josh than it is for other preppers because all his food preps must be kosher. He keeps Kosher MRE’s, and has memorized scripture so he can worship from anywhere. In other words, faith is at the root of his prepping. Formerly in the Israeli Defense Forces, Josh feels it is important for his children to learn defense tactics. He takes them to the shooting range once a week to practice their skills. He also runs mass casualty simulations with his staff to prepare them for a cataclysmic disaster.

Josh, like many preppers, is a family man. He is intensely dedicated to a prepper’s education for his family. He wants to impart the skills and resources to insure that they will survive whatever may come. Josh doesn’t live in fear; he preps so he doesn’t have to fear.

The idea of faith inherent to prepping is more common than you’d think. Though preppers may not always take into account their religion, it’s because of faith that all preppers believe they will endure the hard times ahead. Without faith that you’ll make it; why go to such great lengths? If society falls because of a vulnerable economy (like Josh believes), those who are prepped have taken measure to see the collapse through. They believe that they have what it takes to overcome the inevitable disasters. A mindset like this requires extreme faith in the unknown.