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"It's the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)," sang R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, and it's a proclamation that must resonate with the people profiled in this series. That's because they are all preparing for doomsday, whether it's caused by a natural disaster, a financial collapse or a nuclear winter, and their plan is to outlast and outlive any apocalyptic scenario. The series goes inside America's "prepping" subculture and introduces otherwise ordinary folks who are stockpiling food, water, weapons and whatever else they think is necessary in the event basic services should falter and society turns chaotic and violent. Also, each prepper's plan is reviewed by the consulting firm Practical Preppers, which analyzes its potential effectiveness in case the prepper's worst fears become reality.

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Meet three Americans all preparing for some sort of economic collapse.
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Brian smith prepares for collapse of U.S. monetary system and fears the world's food supply will dry up.
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Larry creates luxury survival condos, and Becky is taking sharpshooting lessons from a sniper to prepare herself for a government takeover.
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The Coy family live in the shadow of Mount St. Helens; Bill Simpson has spent six years building a sailboat bunker to protect his family from electromagnetic pulses and any chaos that will occur on land.
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An economic collapse could mean total chaos. In Washington state, Steve works with a stern hand to prep his family for the potential threat. South Carolinian David Appleton is a comedian, but the idea of a devastating earthquake is no joke to him.
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Kevin and his family decide to move to Costa Rica because they believe an economic collapse will make America unlivable.
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Some preppers like Jeff Mann believe in safety in numbers, while others like Tony, who believe that an end of days asteroid will turn the Earth into ash, are independent.
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R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World as We Know It" might be a good mantra for three individuals who are readying for the end of days.
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Mike and his girlfriend Freda fear that the current political tensions and economic unrest will lead to a world war; Mike Adams is anticipating a terrorist attack; Joe, has given up on modern living.
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A father prepares his family for dirty bombs; a retired police officer believes that China will bring about economic chaos; a man who has a secret underground hatch in his garage.
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Prepping for an economic collapse, Jeff is converting a decommissioned missile silo into the perfect bug-out getaway; with an online dating profile, Jeff is also searching for a special someone who can share his love for prepping.
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A woman creates a gourmet meal using only shelf-stable foods; a man who has trained his children to withstand a financial collapse.
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A man fears the economy's collapse and has built a bug-out dome in the wilderness for his family, accessible only by boat; a man from Hawaii who fears a catastrophic tsunami will strike the islands.
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A woman who fears a catastrophic New York City hurricane; a college student prepares for the meltdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant; a bond trader fears a terrorist attack in the form of a dirty bomb.
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Chad believes that a nuclear strike resulting in a genocidal siege is a real possibility. He is working on executing an escape tunnel from his family's house to a vehicle.
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Preppers gear up for the possibility of World War II, an explosion on the surface of the sun, and the collapse of the American economy.
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Frank, who owns a construction company in Maine, spends his golden years flying his private plane, staying fit with his wife, Elaine, and preparing for the upcoming economic collapse.
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A man who is preparing for the day when China will undermine the U.S. economy; a couple anticipate an economic collapse; a man is prepared to take his family underground.
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A man who fears a terrorist attack on nuclear power plants; a farming family prepares for a series of F-5 tornados; a couple fear the melting of the Greenland ice sheet.
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Curt and his family have designed a fortress deep in Oregon's back country in the event of an economic collapse.
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A man who has built spider holes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to survive the next Great Depression; a family that lives underground in a missile silo bunker.

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