Rise in popularity has been growing for years
The Mayan Calendar says the end of the world is coming on December 21st. So people like Houston's Megan Hurwitt on the show 'Doomsday Preppers' are getting ready for the end of days. How did she get into this?
Megan Hurwitt (above).
“We’ve got friends that lived through Katrina. We lived through Ike. While we weren’t caught unaware, a lot of our friends were. They ran out of food and water. We didn’t want to be one of those couple that did that,” Hurwitt told KTRH.
Hurwitt is shown on the National Geographic show talking about her worries of an oil crisis. But that’s not the only thing she is preparing for.
“Short-term crises would be like hurricanes, earthquakes and forest fires. Long-term would be just a slow decline of the economy, basically,” she told KTRH.
So Hurwitt prepares. She stocks up on food and water. She has a seed bank. She also, as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, has an extensive gun collection. If the Mayan prediction is right, she will be ready.
Some people think the ‘Preppers’ are just a bit crazy, but University of Kansas Associate Professor John Hoopes told KTRH that's not the case.
“I don’t think that they are out of their minds,” Hoopes says. I think they are much more extreme than others are.”
Hoopes says he has seen a rise in the ‘Preppers’ movement over the last few years.
“I think the 2012 meme hit five years ago and it’s just been getting bigger ever since then.”
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Megan Hurwitt: