by Dennis Townsend
Let’s say for a minute, the worst happens, and after all the talks and all the fail safes, a nuclear weapon is launched and explodes in the middle of the United States. Depending on the size of the bomb and the wind direction, as many as 25 states could be affected and possibly more. It’s a given that the water and food supply would be compromised and would be an ongoing challenge for those who were not incinerated by the initial blast. In the late 50’s and early 60’s, there were what was known as “designated fallout shelters” around the country which were basically rooms in the basement of heavy concrete buildings. There was water stored in large barrels and food packaged like military K-rations in ready to eat pouches. With the ongoing paranoia over North Korea acquiring nuclear weapons, it has some people preparing for the worst. They call themselves “doomsday preppies.”
They are making safe rooms in their homes, building basement strongholds, and some have even buried large steel container trailers in their backyards for underground housing. They say that once disaster strikes, the required necessities will have to be obtained by trading for what you don’t have with those that were also fortunate to survive. More than likely there will be no FEMA to come to the rescue so the job of staying alive will present many obstacles. The air will be poisoned for quite sometime so some have stockpiled oxygen tanks and some have even invested in experimental oxygen producing technologies similar to what’s on the International Space Station. Once a tragedy of this magnitude strikes, your money will be worthless. Your survival from that point will depend on what you have on hand at that moment. Preppies are stocking food pantries in their survival shelters, and there is even a company now that will sell you all the K-rations you can handle. The have a shelf life of “forever” and I hear that they taste pretty good. They had better taste good, since you could be eating them for a long, long time.
It’s funny how the same plant growing system that marijuana growers use to grow their plants indoors, could be the same type of set up you will have to use to grow your food. Grow lamps need power you might say, but the preppies have come up with ideas on that. Storage batteries. They have added additional spaces to their “bunkers” to house banks of batteries that they are charging from the wind and solar power that some have already operating on their property. They say that if and when the unthinkable happens, they should have enough electricity to power some creature comforts such as a radio, some sort of ventilation system, and of course, your grow lamps which will also provide some heat. Some people say the these doomsday preppies are overreacting to something that may never happen, but then again, if it happens are you prepared? The government tells us we should have a survival plan in place already for emergencies, so maybe we should stockpile a few more cans of food, a can opener, and some water just to be safe. Oh, might as well get some more batteries, a radio, some RTE’s, (ready to eat meals), and maybe a generator attached to a ventilation system. I wouldn’t really call it overreacting, but I guess it couldn’t hurt.