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    Preppers and Prepping: Growing number of people leaving society to prepare for the ‘apocalypse’

    Growing number of people leaving society to prepare for the ‘apocalypse’


    In the middle of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, a family of 12 are preparing for the apocalypse. They are entirely self-sufficient, hunting their own food and living without running water or electricity. Far from being on the fringes of society though, the Cook family are part of a growing band of ‘preppers’ who are getting ready for the end of the world. Rodney and Kate Cook and their family (with Stacey Dooley) are preparing for end of the world as we know it (Picture: BBC) ‘Prepping’ has a long history in America which until recently was seen as a fringe movement. However growing numbers of people are choosing to go off-grid, fearful of potential civil unrest, natural disasters and nuclear war. Bunker-building companies have reported a spike in sales, especially across the U.S. Grandfather Rodney Cook has spent the last decade with his wife Kay, their two daughters and grandchildren in a trailer in the mountains. They left civilisation to start a new life and have taken up arms so they can defend themselves in they are attacked. He says: ‘It could be natural disasters, or someone [the US] ticked off.’



    One of 54-year-old Rodney’s biggest fears is that North Korea will attack America with an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) weapon. EMPs can be triggered by detonating a nuclear warhead above the Earth’s surface – creating a burst of radioactive energy which can disable all electrical devices in a huge radius. ‘We’ll be knocked back 200 years,’ he says. ‘Everybody should be prepared. ‘If Rome fell, then the US can fall too.’ Rodney has an armoury loaded with guns and explosives which can be turned into landmines. Kaye, 55, sleeps with a loaded pistol by her bed and has a tomahawk in the wardrobe, a small axe designed for hand-to-hand combat.


    She has also stored away thousands of jars and boxes of food, including jam dating back to 1978. The family keep pigs, chickens and turkeys while the children will go out and hunt rabbits for food. Twice a week they also fetch water from a well. A pack of over 30 wolf-dogs also provide protection at their 40-acre refuge. The grandchildren, 12-year-old twins Lacotta and Wyatt, do go to school but it is the only semblance of a regular life. The family of 12 form part of a new BBC documentary, Stacey Dooley Investigates: Face to Face with Armageddon.



    The aim is to lift the lid on this section of society, which until now has been viewed as paranoid. Stacey asks if she should actually be following their lead in the age of Trump, Putin and the continued threats from North Korea. She says: ‘Five years ago I would have been more judgemental, but the state of the world at the minute, I can understand to a certain extent how they’ve got there.’ Stacey also meets others who are among the growing band of Americans becoming fearful about the future of their country. Suzy and boyfriend Mark have recently bought a bunker and plan to marry in it soon.



    Suzy said: ‘When the cataclysm happens, people will go crazy – robbing the stores and such. So [the government] will round everyone up.’ ‘They’ll put them in a camp,’ her boyfriend Mark adds. ‘And you’ll get a chip in your hand. Now they’ve got you.’ Moving into a remote bunker is still an extreme form of ‘prepping’ but thousands of others are taking more modest precautions. Wealthy individuals have been buying gas masks and £75 haz-mat suits, designed to keep you safe in the event of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack. Protection packs are also available for pets.



    Metro, 15 September 2018.
    Just raising the subject.

    Only remaining FOOD is in the country.
    WTF do you think is going to happen when the SHTF and cities and towns run out of food?
    Some chance of surviving is better than no chance.

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    Stock-up on essentials, and hunker down till the dust settles, my friends.

    Once the initial, panic stricken rampage made by inner city beasts dies out after the last french fry is eaten, the roving gangs of disorganized thugs that remain will eventually be gradually eliminated by organized survivors and lone wolf survivalists who know what the hell they're doing.

    Then we can slowly begin to pick up the broken pieces of society and create some semblance of order from the chaos.
    “A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” Robert A. Heinlein

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    I've just taken to buying cans of beans. Their cheap good for you and last.

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    I’ve often wondered about that too. Not gonna lie, if I have the time, space and money, I would buy prep materials too. The world can truly go sideways anytime in the post-World War II world.

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    I have arms and ammunition and survival gear. Not much in the way of food, but I can hunt and fish and I live in a rural area. Not many city slickers are going to make it out this far and in this town, we need a purge of certain people anyway. As a temporary crisis, this could be a good thing for this small town.
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    My advice to all preppers is to make sure you have a few trusted friends who you can rely on and coordinate with them. Being part of a team greatly increases your odds of surviving any catastrophe (whether it's a weather disaster, hurricane, famine, civil unrest, etc.).

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    I actually enjoy watching doomsday preppers on youtube.
    Sometimes i put on an episode to watch untill i fall asleep.

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    Some of them are a little 'out there'. The Tin Foil Brigade as I refer to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drusilla View Post
    I’ve often wondered about that too. Not gonna lie, if I have the time, space and money, I would buy prep materials too. The world can truly go sideways anytime in the post-World War II world.
    Just a small kit bag filled with essential meds, non-perishable food, toiletries, clothes, weapons (of some kind), small LED lights, area maps, and so forth.

    You can assemble these essential items without taking up too much space... Just do it!
    “A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” Robert A. Heinlein

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    I have been down the prepping road myself, then one day you realize that no matter how much stuff you horde it will run out or you will make yourself a target. You are much better off living a self reliant life style and learning as many skills you can.
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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