'Preppers' preparing for the end

By: Kristen Shanahan Email
By: Kristen Shanahan Email

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.


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  • by Randy Location: Sherman on May 29, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    Wearing a seat belt is prepping. Better safe than sorry.
  • by HERE Location: GONE on May 21, 2012 at 03:14 PM
    WHY IS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD? THATS BEEN TALKED ABOUT FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS EVERY YEAR IS ITS GOING TO BE THE END OH WE HAD 20 TORNADOS AND 8 EARTHQUAKES ITS OVER. YEP THIS WORLD WAS OVER WHEN WE LET EVERYONE COME TO AMERICA AND TAKE OUR JOBS AND YEAH IT WAS OVER WHEN OBAHMA CAME INTO OFFICE AND ITS BEEN OVER SINCE WE CAN TRUST NO ONE. SO YOU PEOPLE THAT ARE GETTING PREPARED YOU HALE THE SHELTER WITH YOU YOU SPEND ALL THIS MONEY AND THEN YOUR AT WORK AND THE WORLD SAYS YOU HAVE 5 MINUTES AND THEN YOU DIE SO YOU GOING TO RUSH TO YOUR CAR TO GET HOME TO GET IN YOUR SHELTER REALLY!!!!!!!
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      by Logic on May 21, 2012 at 06:25 PM in reply to HERE
      LOUD NOISES!!!!!!
  • by Rita Location: my house on May 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
    to reference end of the world and bomb shelters watch Blast From The Past with Brendan Fraser & Sissy Spacek and then for the serious side watch the original Omega Man with Charlton Heston
  • by Edward on May 17, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    I choose to live my life and enjoy every single day that I get instead of every single day worrying about the end of it
  • by Mickey Location: Denison on May 17, 2012 at 09:42 AM
    Yesterday, I bought an umbrella, and I'm saving it for a rainy day. I'm a prepper, he's a prepper, wouldn't you like to be a prepper too?
  • by Me Location: Zombie-rific on May 16, 2012 at 02:43 PM
    But what if, all my life, I've wanted to be a ZOMBIE? That means I'm good - I'm done "prepping", right? Awesome!
  • by JesusLvr Location: Denison on May 16, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    No one knows the time or the hour that the Lord will come back, sayeth the Lord. So everybody keep doing what you're doing, be good and go to church and praise Jesus. Amen.
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      by Jer on May 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM in reply to JesusLvr
      And put aside a few coins for the Ferryman on the River Styx.
  • by By-Stander Location: Denison on May 15, 2012 at 05:53 PM
    If the world ends then it ends. It doesn't matter if you're religious or not. Its going to end..... eventually. No one for sure knows when its going to happen. It could be as your reading this little paragraph or a million years from now. The way all of these people are picking at each other is really irrelivant. Thats the beauty of being a human being you have a choice in how you choose to fulfill your life.
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      by Susie M on May 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM in reply to By-Stander
      Probably the most educated comment I've seen
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        by JesusLvr on May 16, 2012 at 02:39 PM in reply to Susie M
        Amen.
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      by Anonymous on May 16, 2012 at 07:43 PM in reply to By-Stander
      The only one talking about the world ending are the religious pretenders. The purpose of 'doomsday' preparation in the case of a number of very possible scenarios that would render the existing society incapable of sustaining life as we know it. It would take very little to cause great chaos. Being ready for that makes perfect sense.
  • by Mindy on May 15, 2012 at 04:49 PM
    I'd rather be boating........prep on!! :)
  • by CROSS Location: Las VEgas on May 13, 2012 at 11:38 AM
    10-78 is Law Enforcement code that means you are in need of assistance. And the upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. And when the SHTF, you will be in distress and need assistance. And http://www.10-78.info is the place to get exactly that assistance. If there is an SHTF Event, i.e.: Earthquake, Tsunami, Tornado, Hurricane, a volcanic eruption such as Yellowstone, Food Shortage, War, Plague, Terrorist Attack, Chemical Warfare, Planet X, Nibiru, Mayan Calendar Prophecy, Asteroid, Meteor , ELENIN, Martial Law, etc…. You will need help. Even though it is possible, it is highly unlikely that you will survive and endure the Event by yourself. You will need a network of people in your area which is most commonly known as a Prepper Group/Survival Group to help you weather the Event. http://www.10-78.info has been created to give Preppers/Survivalist a site dedicated to network and share information with other Preppers/Survivalist alike to last and endure such events. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail…. Go to http://www.10-78.info to plan.
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