South Floridians prepare for end of world

More people becoming 'survivalists'

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - According to the Mayan calendar, the world will end this Friday, and while many people don't think that will happen, it does raise some questions.

If there was a major disaster, would you be ready? Could you sustain your family?

Doomsday: December 21, 2012

Chris Petrovich is a prepper, and has been for more than 25 years.

Petrovich said he has a stockpile of supplies that will help his family survive any disaster -- from a meteor strike to a complete, economic meltdown.

"It's a good feeling to know I don't have to worry about it. I'm not worried about whatever may happen," said Petrovich.

The prepper phenomenon has been picking up steam over the past few years with the help of television shows and websites.

Concerns over the economy also plays a big role.

"Ninety percent of it is economic, and historically if you go through survivalist movements, they come in more economically depressed times," said Petrovich.

Petrovich is the co-organizer of Florida Survivalist Network Region 6, one of the nation's largest prepper group with hundreds of South Florida members. They offer free classes and free meet-ups, where you can learn everything from beekeeping to basic survival skills.

Petrovich knows there is a stereotype surrounding preppers, but he thinks there is no harm in simply being prepared.

"You name whatever the disaster could be. If everyone could take care of themselves for just a few weeks, the government could use all of its personnel resources to reestablish order get the lights, get the water on," said Petrovich.

If you want to get started, Petrovich said the first thing you need is a plan. For example, what kind of disaster are you most concerned about? How many people do you plan on caring for?

Then, he said, just start slowly, making sure you have the basics like food and water covered.

The one thing Petrovich says he's not worried about: the world ending on Friday.

"My official position is I think its ridiculous." said Petrovich.

If you want to learn more, you can check out a few of his websites, like Survivalist Now or the Florida Survivalist Network.

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