Doomsday Preppers by National Geographic explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. These preppers, unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. Do you think you’d be able to survive doomsday? One person needs 200 gallons of water to survive one year—so stock up on 5,302 water bottles (16.9 fl oz) to make it through. Of course, you’re going to need food too. What does a doomsday prepper’s pantry look like? It features 20 lbs. of fats and oils, 75 lbs. of dairy, 90 lbs. of fruits and vegetables, 90 lbs. of beans and legumes, 400 lbs. of grains, 60 lbs. of sugar, and 20 lbs. of meat.

You’ll have to plan thoroughly since there are items with replenishment issues—these include guns and ammo, medicine, gasoline, and coffee. What are some possible long term solutions doomsday preppers can turn to? They can relocate to a place that offers easy access to fresh running water and grow their own food. A nearby fishing pond would be excellent since fish are low maintenance and have high reproduction rates.

There are things you can do now to develop the skills and capabilities necessary to survive doomsday. You can take EMT courses to learn about infection prevention and CRP techniques. You should consider volunteering at Habitat for Humanity to learn about structurally sound building techniques.

To learn more about doomsday preparation strategies as well as professions that would be the most valuable in a post-apocalyptic world, check out the awesome infographic.

Doomsday: Would You Survive? created by National Geographic

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