Prevention yesterday and today

Vorsorge gestern und heute

Precaution yesterday and today: A comparison of the past and modern times

Prevention has a long history that has changed significantly over time. While previous generations ensured their safety in various ways, modern people face new challenges. This comparison takes a look at how preparedness practices have evolved from past to present.

1.) Food supplies and nutrition

Previously: In times past, people often stockpiled supplies to get them through harsh winters or times of poor harvest. Canned fruits, vegetables, salted meats, and dried legumes were common items in pantries.

Today: Modern preparedness often includes long-lasting foods made specifically for emergency supplies. From MREs (meals, prepared, ready to eat) to freeze-dried meals, there are a wide range of options that allow for long-term storage.

2.) Water and drinking supplies

Previously: Water sources such as wells, rivers and rainwater were used. Water was often stored in clay jugs or wooden barrels.

Today: Modern preppers use special water containers, filters and even water treatment systems to be prepared in the event of a water shortage.

3.) Medical care

Previously: Medicinal plants, home remedies and the services of village doctors were the main means of medical care.

Today: Emergency pharmacies, first aid courses and access to modern medical facilities are fundamental elements of today's preventive care.

4.) Communication and information

Previously: News was often passed on orally, and the village community was the main source of information.

Today: Preppers rely on emergency radios, cell phones, and the Internet to stay informed in crisis situations.

5.) Community and collaboration

Previously: In small communities, cohesion was crucial. People relied on each other in times of need.

Today: Prepper communities often form online and offline. The exchange of information, skills and resources is a modern form of solidarity-based precaution.


While the basic principles of preparedness – preparing for the unforeseeable – are timeless, the methods and technologies have changed over time. Today's prevention is based on a mix of traditional knowledge and modern tools to meet the challenges of today's complex world.

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