Families Preparing for Future Possible Disasters
Unique in their beliefs, motivations and strategies, explore the lives of four families preparing for the end of the world as we know it.
A fallout shelter is an enclosed space specially designed to protect occupants from radioactive debris or fallout resulting from a nuclear explosion.
Some survivalists do not make such extensive preparations
but instead merely incorporate a "Be Prepared" outlook into their
Many survivalists also have a bag of gear that is often
referred to as a Bug Out Bag or Get Out Of Dodge kit.
From bunkers to fortified off-the-grid locations, these doomsday preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties.
And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears became a reality.
Survivalism is a movement of individuals or groups who are called survivalists or sometimes preppers. They are actively preparing for future possible disruptions in local, regional, national, or international social or political order.
Survivalists often prepare for this anticipated disruption by having emergency medical training, stockpiling food and water, preparing for self-defense and self-sufficiency, and/or building structures that will help them survive a doomsday event.
The origins of the modern Survivalist movement in the United Kingdom and United States are manifold, including government policies, threats of nuclear warfare, religious beliefs, and writers warning of social or economic collapse, in both non-fiction books and apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction.
The Cold War era government Civil Defense programs promoted public atomic bomb shelters, personal fallout shelters, and training for children, such as the Duck and Cover films.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long directed its members to store a year's worth of food for themselves and their families in preparation for such possibilities.
The current LDS teaching indicates that a three month supply is advised. The Great Depression that followed the stock market crash on October 29, 1929 triggered by a deflationary contraction of credit is often cited by survivalists as an example of the need to be prepared for what may come.
Common preparations sometimes include preparing a clandestine or defensible retreat, haven, or Bug Out Location (BOL) and stockpiling non-perishable food, water, water-purification equipment, clothing, seed, firewood, defensive/hunting weapons, ammunition, agricultural equipment, and medical supplies in depth.
Some survivalists do not make such extensive preparations but instead merely incorporate a "Be Prepared" outlook into their everyday life.
Many survivalists also have a bag of gear that is often referred to as a Bug Out Bag (BOB) or Get Out Of Dodge (G.O.O.D.) kit, holding basic necessities and useful items weighing anywhere up to as much as the owner can carry.
Others assemble what is commonly called a "72-hour kit". In most community emergency situations, it will take at least three days (72 hours) for help from outside the community to arrive. Therefore, there should be three days worth of food, water, and personal items for each member of the family.
The 72-hour survival kit also includes first aid kit, small toys, important numbers and papers, as well as a plan for outside of the community contact and meeting location. There are also 72-hour isolation kits that include using a 5-gallon bucket as a toilet, tablets for water purification, and hygiene issues.
The primary purpose of a bug-out bag is to allow one to
evacuate quickly if a disaster should strike.
It is therefore
prudent to gather all of the materials and supplies that might be
required to do this into a single place, such as a bag or a few storage
The bag's contents may vary according to the region of the
user, where as someone evacuating from the path of a hurricane may have
different supplies than someone one that lives in an area prone to
tornadoes or wildfires.
In addition to allowing one to survive a disaster
evacuation, a bug-out bag may also be utilized when sheltering in place
as a response to emergencies such as house fires, blackouts, tornadoes,
and other severe natural disasters.
The most ardent survivalists aim to remain self-sufficient for the duration of the breakdown of social order, or perhaps indefinitely if the breakdown is predicted to be permanent (a "Third Dark Age"), a possibility popularized in the 1960s by Roberto Vacca of the Club of Rome.
Some survivalists allow for the contingency that they cannot prevent this breakdown, and prepare to survive in small communal groups ("group retreats") or "covenant communities".