INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Feb. 15, 2016)- From nuclear and chemical threats to climate change and terrorist attacks, there are an increasing number of life-altering scenarios that have some central Indiana residents making preparations now before it’s too late.
"If anything does happen, our life continues on as normal," said Walt Brennan.
Brennan lives in Indianapolis and has been prepping for his entire life. He says it started with his upbringing on a military base.
"We have backpacks that are set up for long-term. We would not ever have to come home," said Brennan.
Every member of Brennan's family has a backpack with items to sustain life. Whether his family is forced to stay inside or flee their home, Brennan, an engineer by trade, has everything he needs to survive in just about any scenario. He even has a remote secret location he can get to quickly.
"I have a location and a plan to get there without using main roads. It has lots of natural resources with a natural water supply and natural food supply where you can hunt and fish," said Brennan.
Self Reliance Outfitters, located on the southeast side of Indianapolis teaches primitive skills and sells survival gear.
"It’s about the skills and not about the words behind it," said Jamie Burleigh, lead instructor with the pathfinder schools.
Burleigh prefers the word "surviving" and not "prepper." He suggests carrying a bag with the "10 Cs:" A cutting tool, combustion to create a spark for a fire, cover, a container, cordage, a canvass needle or sail needle, candle, cotton, compass and cargo tape.
"You carry minimal gear, know how to use that gear properly and that’s going to get you home to eat popcorn with your kids on Saturday night," said Burleigh.
Loretta Stradely calls herself an amateur prepper.
"I rather be prepared than not prepared," said Stradley.
Inside her closet there are stockpiles of food along with medical supplies for just about every injury intertwined with her clothes. Stradley is also well protected; she has heavy-duty machetes, knives, throwing knives and a whole lot of fire power.
Stradley and Brennan both stressed the importance of having weapons. They fear that people who are unprepared are going to want what they have when everyday life becomes a battle to survive. Brennan says a gun might be his only line of defense.
"For prepping, firearms are a means of protection and also a means of food," said Brennan.
For the ultimate survivalist, California based company Vivos builds luxury underground shelters around the world. They even have a shelter right here in Indiana. Its location is top secret.
"That’s what we are all about. It’s the aftermath of all these events that are the real ugly part of it," said Vivos CEO, Robert Vicino.
The Indiana bunker holds up to 80 people. It offers the comforts of home like a full kitchen, movie theater and washing machine. It also has a medical center and garden to grow food.
It's strong enough to withstand a 20-megaton blast from 10 miles away and capable of sustaining life for an entire year. Reserved spots cost $35,000 for adults and $25,000 for kids.
"This is going to be the cheapest form of a life assurance solution that you can possibly have. Building your own shelter is not the answer," said Vicino.
Brennan has no interest in the souped-up shelter. He’ll stick to the basics, like his backyard coup.
"Buddy is my wife's pet," said Brennan as he opened up his backyard chicken coup.
Although Buddy is off the menu, the other backyard chickens are a form of everyday survival. They supply eggs, fertilize the garden and serve as a meal for Brennan.
Whether you are the ultimate prepper, just beginning or don’t buy into the concept, a group of prominent scientists just revealed the doomsday clock is just three minutes from midnight—a metaphor for how close the world is to destruction.
Nuclear threats and climate change are among the biggest factors.