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"I do not trust the government to take care of me or my dog": Meet the Brexit collection tanks | politics

Jo Elgarf does not look like you're imagining a prepper. She is not a Libertarian, camouflaged and armed to the eyeballs that crawl through the forest in Montana, skinning a squirrel for breakfast and refueling for the Apocalypse. She lives with her husband and three young children in a sleepy suburb in southwest London.

Elgarf, however, likes to call himself a prepper. She is a member and moderator of a growing number of social media prepper groups. Their – a Brexit-targeted Facebook group called 48% Preppers – receives between 100 and 200 requests per day. Everyone wants to be ready for a no-deal Brexit.

Stocking is not too extreme in Elgarf's case. it just means that the kitchen cabinets are filled with pasta, sauces, rice, cans, milk powder and washing powder. There are a few things she would not normally get – eg. Vegetable preserves – that can go to a food bank when they are not needed. Otherwise, it is just a little more than usual. Elgarf says they have enough to keep the family from one month to six weeks.

The group is not about being scared, she says. On the contrary – it is about calming like-minded people and promoting a long-standing Larder mentality. "Look in your closet. If you were snowed in for a month, could you cope with it? We do not predict that you will not get anything. What we say is: You can go to a store and not find rice. Do you have something at home to replace it?