Man Spends $130K Preparing For Doomsday
March 14, 2012 by staff
Man Spends $130K Preparing For Doomsday, Stocking up on the appropriate gear, ammunition, food and shelter to survive a nuclear meltdown, asteroid, earthquake, solar flare or some other catastrophe, then acquiring the materials you’ll need to rebuild a community after the dust settles costs some self-described “preppers” hundreds of thousands of dollars.
So far, Patrick Geryl estimates he’s already spent more than $130,000 on his survival preparations.
Author of “How to Survive 2012″ and eight other books about a catastrophe destined to occur this year, Geryl believes that a shift in the Earth’s poles is going to result in solar flares, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes that will throw the world into a nuclear meltdown. The dreaded event will occur on Dec. 21, when the Mayan calendar allegedly ends, he said.
Geryl plans to survive the turmoil in a small wooden bunker far from the nuclear radiation in South Africa, where he can live off the grid for about a year and rebuild a community with other survivors.
In order to do so, he has spent years stocking up on nearly 100 survival essentials, including guns and ammunition, water purification tablets, waterproof matches, a drafting table for charting stars in the sky — even condoms to use for carrying water. Books with survival tips, like a guide to edible plants, herbs and mushrooms, are also crucial, because he won’t have access to the internet when disaster strikes, he said. He’s still accumulating all of the necessities he’ll need and is constantly adding more items to the list.
To get to South Africa from his home in Belgium during a worldwide catastrophe is another issue. Geryl said he is currently considering sailing there in an “unsinkable yacht,” which is made by a company called Etap in Belgium. However, he said the yachts, which have double walls and are insulated with foam so that they are supposedly unable to capsize, cost more than $100,000, so he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to afford one.
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