LIBERTY, Ohio (WYTV) — Doomsday preppers are the subject of a popular TV show on the National Geographic channel. It’s about families preparing for the end of the world as we know it, due to natural disaster, terrorist attacks or a financial meltdown.
A Liberty resident named Angela (last name withheld) considers herself a prepper and has been stocking up since December of 2012.
“This is conservatively a six month supply, I mean that would probably be stretching it a little bit but it could be done,” she said.
Angela has spent thousands of dollars on a stockade of food like MRE’s, flint to start fires and water filtration straws.
“Water from streams and ponds and it filters out virtually all the bacteria and makes any type of water safe,” said Angela.
She even has gas masks, but not for obvious reasons.
“The main reason for those is, they are doing a lot of fracking around here and what if there were to be a chemical spill or something like that, that’s my main concern keeping those,” said Angela.
Angela said she learned a lot about being prepared from the Air Force. While she does not consider herself an extreme prepper by any means, she said she stocks up just to be prepared for anything.
“Who knows what kind of winter we are going to have this year. They are speculating it could be even worse than last year, so I recommend that everybody be prepared and have water, have extra food, if you have a fireplace take full advantage of it and stock up on firewood,” she said.
There is a growing number of people across the country and right here in the Valley who are preparing for the worst. That’s one of the reasons the group, Realize Firearms Awareness Coalition (RFAC) out of Akron, is holding an upcoming Preppers Ball this February. For more information, click here.
“I want to be able to live in my house for four or five days with no power, what do I need to be able to do that? Can I feed my family, can I flush my toilet, just the general household kind of things. Can I stay warm so that’s where most people are?” said RFAC director Amanda Suffecool.
Suffecool said that Extreme preppers would never come to the Preppers Ball, because they are on a whole other level and like to fly under the government’s radar. Instead, the event is aimed at those looking for more information, especially with winter approaching and the Ebola Scare.
“Preppers are already prepared. They are thinking about the different things that could happen to them, their family and their neighborhood and putting together a backup plan. If you start to talk to other people, they are starting to think about things after the horses gotten out of the barn,” said Suffecool.
For Angela, being prepared doesn’t mean you have to buy everything at once, but to slowly build up a collection and check product reviews on websites such as Amazon.