DENTON COUNTY, TX -- Thousands of people across the globe are preparing for the end of the world as they know it. We actually talked to several 'preppers' online who refused to go on camera. Kristen Shanahan shows us how these preppers plan to be ready and why they are getting ready to face a time of chaos as quietly as they can. .
Thousands of people across the world believe the end of civilization is near.
"They're worried about the dollar collapse, civil unrest, food shortages," Scott Bales, owner of Deep Earth Bunkers, said.
"If there's a natural disaster, or something unusual that they would be able to take care of their families," Krik Rovinsky, principle merchant of Tactical Gear Now, Inc, said.
"A dirty bomb could happen," exclaimed Bales.
Those who believe the worst is yet to come are getting read and they are known as "preppers". For the past 14 years, Scott Bales has been in the business of building bunkers, shelters that can withstand just about anything designed to keep unwelcome guests out - including zombies.
"Zombies are people that didn't prepare and then the world does whatever, and they're the ones trying to get in your bunker to get your stuff that will kill you for your food and water. They go from procrastinators to zombies instantly," Bales said.
Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. You could have a prepper next door to you and never even know it. Secrecy is just another tool for survival that is why none of the preppers we talked to would speak on camera.
"If you spend about half a million dollars on a bunker and you were going to hide there if there was a collapse, you wouldn't want anybody knowing where it is because they're going to know you have food and water in that bunker, and they're going to come and get it," Bales explained.
Bales says he sells about 2,500 bunkers every year and says he not only sells to preppers, he has his own.
"We've been prepared for a long time or we wouldn't be in this business," Bales said.
He says people are preparing for all sorts of situations, but the most common is the potential crash of the worldwide economy.
"If we ran out of food right now and everybody ran to the store, there would only be three days of food left on every shelf and warehouse in the country. Three days," Bales said.
Kirk Rovinsky says preppers have become regular clientele gradually stocking up on survival tools. He says the need is so great for survival supplies that they're looking to order more.
"MREs, which are Meals Ready to Eat, ammo cans, and then assorted camping and outdoor product," Rovinsky said.
Along with ammo sales more people are loading up on guns too. Red River Firearms owner Jason Webb says sales are booming this year.
"The gun sales are up, but most of it's personal protection or at least that's what they tell us, you know, that it's I want to learn how to shoot, and most of it is from economic time," Webb said.
Whether it is the fear of societal collapse, a series of natural disasters, or terrorism, people are putting in the time and money to become more self-reliant doing whatever it might take to survive. One thing is for sure when it comes to preppers - they do not put off until tomorrow what they can do today.