Public views "survivalist" = an insane wierdo
I don't like the term "survivalist." It evokes in the eyes of the public a tin hat wearing, gun toting, insane wierdo waiting for TEOTWAEKI.
I think of myself as someone who has learned from life experience, is prepared, having assessed risks in my community, remaining alert to hazards, situationally aware and willing to share my knowledge and resources with my neighbors, friends and family, without being paranoid.
As Brigham Young said, "It's cheaper to feed the Indians than to fight them."
And Benjamin Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."