As the East Coast braces for the impact of Hurricane Sandy, many are frantically trying to prepare for floods, wind damage and power outages.
Frankenstorm (as they are calling it) will cause considerable destruction and the National Weather Service is predicting it as the worst storm this century.
The store shelves are empty of the essentials and if you haven’t picked up your D batteries, bread and milk you may be out of luck, unless you are among the 3 million Americans who are already preparing for the end of the world.
NBC’s Today Show broadcasted an unusual segment featuring a subset of Americans who are actively preparing for the end of the world. What does “actively preparing” consist of? For one Phoenix family featured in the segment, being ready for end times includes stocking enough food for a year to feed their family of five in case of a nuclear or biomedical attack, knowing they can turn their swimming pool into a fish pond as a food source and being rest assured that fresh milk would be provided from their backyard goat.
Sound crazy to you? According to the report, more than three million people are associated with the American Preppers Network.
“I’m sure people think I’m crazy,” one father said in the segment. “Everybody is entitled. I think they’re crazy for not being prepared.”
This story reminds me of the hoarding and fear associated with the new millennium that turned out to be no scarier than the calendar switching from 2011 to 2012. While I’m inclined to raise an eyebrow at these extreme actions, it appears that millions of people feel otherwise.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all households stock a three-day supply of food and water, along with an emergency kit, in their home at all times—a far cry from the excessive measures highlighted by the Today Show.
As Catholics, we know that no matter how much we prepare, no one but God knows when our time on Earth will end:
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:36-37)
More than 3 million Americans may be stock-piling food and other supplies for the end of the world, but the faithful can rest in peace that all of our needs will always be met. During this Year of Faith, let us prepare our hearts for a deepened relationship with God. He promises safety, comfort and peace for all who believe—no bunker needed.
CatholicMatchers, what do you think of these “doomsday preppers?” Are they being responsible or just taking emergency preparation too far?