Doomsday preppers have always existed in some form. Americans built concrete bunkers in their backyards during the Cold War, and modern concerned citizens stockpile canned goods and ammo in their basements. Survivalist Drew Miller has taken it one step further; he founded multiple Fortitude Ranch camps in Colorado where members pay an annual fee to vacation during good times and seek refuge during a societal collapse.
Many fear society as we know it could collapse in the near future. Increasing tension between the Republican and Democratic parties could result in a civil war. Nuclear weapons testing and threats from North Korea could bring about disaster from a foreign nation. A technological collapse, such as the sudden demise of the Internet or electrical systems, could cripple towns and cities. Threats unknown might manifest into the undoing of modern American society.
If doomsday comes during our lifetime, each citizen will need to know how to survive and protect his or herself and their families. I know how to dig a hole in the dirt and bake bread over a bed of coals, so I have confidence in my ability to eat a hot meal in the event of a nationwide long-term power outage. My husband has a small gun collection and we habitually purchase ammo every time we go to a sporting goods store, so we have a little stockpile of arms to hunt game and defend ourselves. After reading about current events, I’m more appreciative of low-tech survival techniques and methods, though. It is eerie but not implausible to think that they might be useful sooner than we think.