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CNNMoney: ‘Preppers’ Spend Small Fortunes Bracing for Doomsday

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 12:50 PM

Self-described "preppers" are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on guns, ammo, and other gear to prepare for doomsday.

Their shopping lists also include food and water, seeds, bunkers, getaway vehicles, and materials to rebuild civilization, according to an article from CNNMoney.

The list of possible catastrophes is long, including nuclear meltdown, asteroids, earthquakes, and solar flares.

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Patrick Geryl, author of "How to Survive 2012" and other survivalist books, estimates he has already spent more than $130,000, according to CNNMoney.

Geryl, who believes a shift in the Earth's poles will cause meltdowns of all nuclear plants and other disaster, plans to survive in a wooden bunker in South Africa.

His kit of almost 100 survival essentials includes water purification tablets, waterproof matches, and books describing edible plants.

Robert Bast, who runs the Survive 2012.com online survival community, has spent more than $350,000. It's not certain what will cause a disaster — pandemic, asteroid impact or solar flares — but it's certain one will occur in his lifetime, he tells CNNMoney.

Bast purchased about an acre of land with a house and bunker totaling about $330,000. Besides saving for years, he took out a second mortgage on home in Melbourne, Australia.

Phil Burns, co-founder of the American Preppers Network, who has an RV and trailer ready to use to escape to remote Idaho hide-away, says preparing is more of a lifestyle not necessarily requiring spending huge sums immediately. Yet novice preppers should earmark 20 percent of their income to preparing, he says, according to CNNMoney.

Preppers, also known as survivalists, are a bonanza for retailers, according to an article in The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash.

For instance, Costco has advertised cans of chicken and ground beef with a 25-year shelf life, canned cheese with 265 servings, and seeds for your emergency garden.

The Spokane Valley Wal-Mart has an aisle with food for stockpiling, including large cans of granola, buckets of cornmeal, oats and sugar, the newspaper said. One employee called it "our end-of-the-world section."

News of disasters, be it solar flares or nuclear meltdowns, predictably sends people scurrying to stores.

“People come in looking for emergency blankets, stoves, freeze-dried food, water filters in case the water supply is contaminated," John Gardner, a salesperson at REI, a Kent, Wash.-based outfitter, told the newspaper.

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