Some of the doomsday situations out there won’t even happen in a lifetime. Doomsday prepping is people preparing themselves and their surroundings for the worst to come. Anybody can become a pepper, from civilians to ex-military to mailman. They can get so afraid of various world-ending scenarios that they start prepping. Two main keys to prepping are stockpiling supplies and bugging out (Ellis 1 Stockpiling supplies is really important to peppers to start doing immediately. Whether it to be stockpiling food, weapons, ammunition, or even gardening seeds.
Peppers like Southwest and his wife, Kara, also 40, and their six children, ages 13-21 , have stored 700 pounds of flour, 600 mounds of sugar, 800 pounds of wheat, water, gas diesel fuel, chemical suits, coal, charcoal, 14 guns and eight chickens” (Rash 1). The supplies that the pepper has saved up will help them survive and hold a stable fortress. Something that may be as import as stockpiling is having the right place to rebuild after the worst has happen (Bass 1). Having a great place to rebuild is really important. An ideal place to start anew wouldn’t be an apartment, but a more isolated secure place.
Robert Bass, who preps on his off time, bought about an acre of land that’s an hour and fifteen minutes away from Melbourne. It’s also 1 ,500 feet above sea level just in case a flood or tsunami happens. On the acre of land he bought, Bass built a house and bunker for an emergency (Basalt). Before bugging out or stockpiling, peppers might ask themselves washes the chance that some of these life threatening situations might happen. Some of the common scenarios out there that peppers prepare for are solar flares taking out our power grid, gamma ray bursts, and even the zombie OPAC lapse.
Though some speculations out there sound reasonable, others just sound redundant. People even prepared for the end hen President Obama was re-elected (Rash 1). In a interview John Pearson asked Markus Ascended how frequent do solar flares happen and if any harm can happen to people on Earth, Ascended responded by saying solar flares happen every eleven years and that the worst thing that can happen is the Earth’s power grid will get interfered with and communications will be down for some hours (Pearson 1). Even though the solar flares only interfere with the power grid it doesn’t fully bring it down to cause much damage.
Pearson later on interviewed Jonathan Katz on gamma-ray bursts and if it’s a wreath to the Earth. Katz responded by saying the common question is what would happen if one went off in our galaxy. He went on to say one doesn’t happen often and it could happen every million years. Our solar system has seen 5,000 of them in a span of ten billion years. Even though the numbers are poor we can say it’s up there in the thousands (Pearson 1). Peppers who prepare for gamma-rays probably wont even live to see what they have prepped for so long. A holocaust that caught the media’s and peppers’ attention is the zombie outbreak.
The zombie theory would have been foolish en years ago, but today many people believe it’s possible. All the movies, TV shows, and video games out there got people thinking zombies will rise and devour every human on Earth. Even though it’s believed damage to one of the walking corpse’s brain might finally eliminate it, peppers still prepare for the worse. There are a lot Of speculations On how the outbreak will happen, but none of them are stick and stone. It’s really slim that the zombie outburst will happen it’s still probable due to all concepts of diseases, rabies, etc (Cunningham and Mean 1).
The skills learned from prepping can be useful for the apocalypse and everyday life if the holocaust doesn’t happen. For starters being physically fit can take someone really far. Then, self defense of the pepper and his/her surroundings will help them survive and live longer. Finally, learning surviving skills from hunting, making a fire and gathering water will be essential for any pepper (Hahn 770-771). “In preparation for such a time, most serious peppers feel that becoming physically fit is very important. The fitter you are, the better prepared you’ll be o cope with manual labor that you’ll be forced to endure” (Hahn 450).
Being out of shape and not physically fit won’t help anybody during the apocalypse especially during the zombie outbreak. Not being able to run from zombies will just make a person a nice meal for any zombie. Being physically fit is just something good to be even if the apocalypse doesn’t happen. Self-defense can help someone who is fighting off a thief or fighting off raiders trying to take a prepped land. Guns can prove to be a sense of safety when around a pepper. When everything hits the fan the police won’t be here to help and guns will make a pepper and his/her family feel more comfortable with a gun.
Having a gun around would also give a presence to anybody that the person is ready to defend themselves. This will make those marauders move on to a more helpless person (Hahn 409). A person who has a gun and ready to defend can help both a pepper and everyday people. A useful set of skills a pepper can learn to benefit themselves are hunting, starting a fire, and gathering water. First, many people probably already know how to hunt, but during doomsday this will be important if a person didn’t tock up food to last him or her.
Next, being able to gather water and boiling it to filter so it can be sanitary is a skill that a pepper would need to know to survive (Hahn 174). Finally, being able to start a fire using tinder and something dry and combustible can help a pepper who’s camping for the night (Hahn 538). Something that will affect someone who is prepping is their budget. The peppers who have the most money are more prepared unlike the ones who are a tight budget. However, there is something a pepper must think about and that is, is it worth spending all their money on prepping (Rash 1).
Robert Bass has stocked $5,000 worth of food and water, SSL 1,000 worth of equipment such as batteries, cookers and generators, and $1 0,000 on a pickup truck to his bug out safe spot. Including his land he bought, Bass has spent more than $350,000 for doomsday (Ellis 1 Bass has become well prepared for doomsday and all that money spent will help him in the race of staying alive. To some peppers money isn’t a problem when it comes to being ready for doomsday. On a tight budget a person who is preparing will be looking for the best deals to benefit them.
A good way to get those deals is to start coupling. “It takes a bit of time and effort to learn how to get the best deals when using coupons but it’s definitely worth putting in the work to master this skillet. Some of the most prolific peppers are master coupons and they are amazing at stretching their prepping dollar to get the most from their money” (Hahn 240). Another way to save money and still be prepared is to reduce, reuse, and recycle and plastic bottles or gallons to salvage water in or even food. A pepper can also start gardening vegetables and any fruits.
Besides gardening a person can start buying foods that are canned or last for a while (Hahn 320). The possibilities of the Earth perishing are slim to people living today. Spending all the money on supplies and acres of land can be a waste if doomsday doesn’t even happen. However, if apocalypse does happen all the preparation wouldn’t be a waste to the peppers. Prepping can go any. Way because the future is inevitable (Pearson 1). Doomsday prepping has its upsides and its downsides. It doesn’t hurt to learn certain skills, know the possibilities of the post-apocalyptic world appending, and being prepared on a budget or no budget.