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Apocalypse Preparedness 101

By Rob Schwarz on February 15, 2012 at 7:28 am

It’s here!

We’re a solid month and a half into the year 2012, the year of prophecy and certain doom (not to mention 7 years overdue for a Civil War).

Are you prepared?

No?

Don’t worry: National Geographic’s got your back. Their new series, “Doomsday Preppers,” takes an inside look at those of us who are prepared so we can learn a thing or two:

“Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties.”

It seems like preparing for the apocalypse has become a hobby for some people. A very serious hobby. And why not? We’ve got asteroids buzzing around, strange noises, looming nanobot plagues, and solar flares. And bad(ish) movies.

Everything is trying to kill us.

[Thanks, Mayans.]

But this new series isn’t just about building shelters or stocking up on food. It’s about being physically and mentally ready for what happens after the world ends.

We’re talking Survival of the Fittest in its most elementary (and, you know, accurate) form:

Those most suited and adapted to their environment will prevail. Those who are prepared to exist in our chaotic environment after the slate of civilization is wiped clean will succeed.

Check it out: Video clip of Doomsday Preppers

“I’ve only been called crazy for prepping once, but she was really malicious about it. But you know what? When the #@!% hits the fan, she’s gonna starve to death and I’m gonna go [happy dance].”

Megan Hurwitt, Doomsday Preppers

That will be fun for her. You know, if there’s an after.

But sometimes the end is just the end, and there’s no post-apocalypse wasteland to prepare for.

No giant mutants to fire mini-nukes at or cool underground civilizations to rebel against.

Some disasters can’t be survived.

With that happy thought, be sure to check in with the CDC to make sure you’re ready for that most bogus of end times scenarios: The zombie apocalypse.

And remember to buy some canned peas!

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About Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a freelance writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Follow him on Twitter @Dimentoid or on Google+, and be sure to like Stranger Dimensions on Facebook!