From nuclear war to bunker decor, the internet’s most active doomsday preppers answer a few questions about our last hurrah.
PREPPER PRINCESS, YouTuber
“One thing to look out for is TEOTWAWKI (The End of the World as We Know It). This is the complete collapse of civilization. Food trucks are not going to be showing up to grocery stores anymore. The power is never coming back on. We’ll have to go back to the Stone Age. A lot of people are worried about this one.”
JJ JOHNSON, writer and founder of realitysurvival.com
“The big one that everybody is always worried about is a nationwide ‘grid down’ situation where there’s no power. For example, if the power was knocked out through a CME (coronal mass ejection) or an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack, then the grid wouldn’t even be able to be repaired because the transformers would take so long to make. It’s a cascading failure–type situation. That kind of stuff.”
BERNIE CARR, writer and founder of apartmentprepper.com
“One thing I’ve been thinking about recently is a financial cyber attack, kind of like in that movie Live Free or Die Hard where Bruce Willis fights a team of cyber-criminals who are trying to bring down the country’s financial infrastructure. Banks would shut down operations, and we wouldn’t have access to our accounts. That’s why I recommend that everybody should have an emergency cash fund in their apartment. I would also suggest keeping a book of stamps so you can mail checks back and forth after the cyber attack.”
PRAXIS PREPPER, cinematographer and YouTuber.
“Civilizations never really last that long. There’s always a rise and there’s always a fall. Us doomsday preppers always think that we’re just on the cusp of the last best day. People always focus on the larger aspects of prepping, like nuclear war, but recently I moved into an eco-cottage in the woods and realized that prepping is also really good for getting rid of the minor annoyances of life. Like, I have a large surplus of things such as sugar so that when I run out while cooking, I never have to run to the store or something like that.”
RON HUBBARD, CEO of Atlas Survival Shelters.
“Right now, I’m on Amazon buying prepping gear. Prepping is kind of a hobby. We practice going to war and shooting our guns and stuff, but we don’t really ever wanna go to war. We just enjoy practicing and playing out the scenarios. It’s a bit of a fantasy at times, but if you talk to most preachers they’ll tell you it’s going to happen.”
FABIAN ILLANES, author and co-founder of readytogosurvival.com
“Will there be Tinder after the pandemic? Probably not. Repopulation would be managed by the government. They would put restrictions on who can and can’t procreate. You would probably have to get a license to have children.”
JOHN ADRAIN, inventor and founder of safetysecurity.co
“I invented something called the Bulletproof Polo. It’s essentially a polo shirt that has a bulletproof liner. It never made sense for me to make bulletproof suits and jackets, because then you’re limited to that one jacket. Why wouldn’t you just have a shirt? If you’re wearing a bulletproof polo, you can wear any suit you want.”
MORGAN ROGUE, writer and founder of roguepreparedness.com
“A bug-out bag is a bag that has everything ready to go for when the shit hits the fan. People waste a lot of time trying to decide what things to take with them in the middle of a disaster—food, water, penicillin. But if you have a bug-out bag prepped, all you need to do is grab it and a couple bottles of water, and hit the road.”
ALEX GORE, architect at Doomsday Dwellings
“We’ve designed four doomsday houses. The nuclear bomb house is a circle. The seed house is a square. The flood house is a rectangle. And the mass civil unrest house is shaped like a triangle. That house is designed so that in the event of riots, shields come down over the windows. Rioters could graffiti it or throw bombs at it, but you would be bunkered down and come out of the chaos just fine. It’s the epitome of form follows function.”
GARY LYNCH, General Manager of Rising S. Company
“We sell bunkers with swimming pools, bowling alleys, car garages, and gyms. Anything you see in a home, we do in a bunker.”