Skip to main content

]]>

Main content Home Compare deals Finance news Managing money Investing Credit & loans Home & property Life stages Tools & guides Small business Home > Doomsday preppers Print


Doomsday preppers | Updated: 2:02:33 PM, Monday December 17, 2012
By Matthew King Doomsday preppers

The end of the Mayan calendar is nigh and many are clearly already prepared. We look at some precautions potential doomsday preppers can take to safeguard their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Image: © katalinks – Fotolia.com

BigPond Money deals

The Mayan connection

The ancient Mayan calendar was comprised of a large number of cycles or “counts” of different lengths. Nested within these cycles were a wide variety of auspicious days of celebration as well as days of woe and wrath. Their calendar set the complex path of their lives, be it for for waging war, giving birth or gathering in the harvest.

One of their principal cycles, the tzolk’in, was based on a 260 day count. Another was the haab’ based on the solar calendar, made up of eighteen months of twenty days, plus five nameless days know as the Wayeb’, where boundaries between the mortal and underworld faded away.

Yet the grand daddy of all the Mayan cycles was the Long Count, one of the longer periods of which was the b’ak’tun, comprising of 144,000 days, or approximately 394 of our solar years. 20 B’ak’tun comprised yet another Long Count unit called the piktun, comprising of 2,880,000 days, or 7,885 of our solar years.

Which is how we get to the 21st of December, which is simply the date on which the Mayan calendar moves to the next b’ak’tun, the 13th of 20 in the current piktun. Sandra Noble, executive director of the Mesoamerican research organization Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI), notes that “for the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle”*.

But for many it heralds something more sinister. It marks doomsday, the apocalypse, the arrival of aliens, or even a possible phase change in the very fabric of the cosmos.

The end is nigh

And for those looking to safeguard their lives and their loved ones from some, as yet, unseen threat? Well, for the potential doomsday preppers amongst us there are some precautions you can take.

To get an insight into this movement, and an idea of what you actually might need in the event of a civilization ending event, I contacted Almar Tosma, the editor of Netherlands based Doomsday-Preppers.nl

Almar: “Ever since I was a little kid somehow every doomsday-scenario was a daily returning theme of my fantasy world and nothing serious. The day I saw my first Mad Max movie changed my view on how the future could look like and my fascination for the apocalypse became a fact. Later on I started to write short stories about the survival of small groups or individuals after an event that would be the end of the world as we know it. And in doing so the preparing became something personal.”

Dingo Armoured Scout Car
Australian Dingo Armoured Scout Car: $55,000.00

Apocalypse rating: 5 stars
This lovingly restored armoured scout car comes complete with every item, inside and out, as it left the factory, including radio, sand mats, cam net, POW tins, Ammo boxes, Flare gun holster, even Bren Gun mags with dummy rounds! and more. These were built on a 3 tonne Ford Lorry chassis, powered by a Ford V8 sidevalve. www.southerncrossmilitaria.com

“Years went by when I first witnessed a mass hysteria around the coming of the year 2000. Even though I didn’t believe that the coming of 2000 would end the world, I started making plans for the moment that, using a now very popular pop culture expression, The Shit Hits The Fan (TSHTF)”

“The writing and talking about it was something people accepted, but when I first started to give in to the feeling of really preparing, the faces of most of my friends and family changed from smiling into a look that could best be described as; OMG, he’s gone nuts.”

Mountain Medic
Mountain Medic – $400

Apocalypse rating: 4 stars
The Mountain Medic is a purpose-built portable hospital for professionals who require gear they can depend on in all conditions. www.AdventureMedicalKits.com

“That moment, 2 things happened. The first was that I promised myself that I would never talk about it anymore and the second was that I was determined, more than ever, to prepare myself.”

“For years I prepared in silence until National Geographic started the documentary Doomsday Preppers. At first I was amused by the fact that I wasn’t alone and “coming out of the closet” seemed to be well accepted. But when I found out that most of the preppers in this documentary seem to have at least one physical problem, I felt the urge to put things straight by trying to convince the sceptic or doubter it isn’t that strange to do.”


Army Food Ration Pack 2 Man 48 Hour – $150 per pack

Apocalypse rating: 5 stars
Rations for 1 man for 4 days, Total weight approx 1100 grams Energy content per pack + 13,000 kj Shelf life 2 years. All meals can be eaten hot or cold, no chemical heater involved. www.kitbag.com.au

“Right now I could survive for up to 3 months without the convenience of social services and even though I’m planning to stay put when TSHTF, I have ready and waiting a Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) to take me to my Bug Out Location (BOL) and I never travel without my Get Home Back (GHB).”

“And no, I’m not living in fear because I’m prepared for the worst and enjoying the best… even though an apocalyptic event seems kind of exciting, in a way.”


NVA-D2MV – Night Vision Goggle – $995

Apocalypse rating: 3.5 stars
The NVA D-2MV is the only Generation 1+ enhanced goggle equipped with a built-in photocell that guards the unit against bright light exposure. This light-weight unit offers true-stereo depth perception and features built-in IR and fully adjustable headgear. www.nightvision.com.au

“But until then, when TSHTF I’m giving free advice to anyone who wants to know more about preparing or seeks help with the preparation for TEOTWAWKI”

“And remember: It wasn’t raining when Noah build the ark!”
 

Mountain retreat – $159,000
Apocalypse rating: 5 stars
1866 Tuross Rd Cooma Tucked away amongst high rainfall timbered mountains is a true getaway property, Approx 40mins drive from Cooma. The property is well established with a very comfortable 60 sq meter cottage. Power is provided via generator with the cottage fully wired. Outside is a low maintenance 100 acre property with 2 farm sheds and made up of mostly natural timber, ferns and wet gullies. Native wildlife is in abundance and provides excellent opportunities for bushwalking and some hunting opportunities.
 

Like BigPond Money on Facebook To share your tips and for regular updates, Like BigPond Money on Facebook.

Related links:

The views in this article are those of the author Matthew King and his interviewed subject and are not necessarily those of Telstra BigPond. This article should not be taken as a general endorsement of the products described above. Products which may, or may not, as the case may be, prove useful in the case of an apocalypse type event. *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_calendar

Share this article |

Comments

Leave a comment

Follow this conversation Name: E-mail: Your URL: Comments: Follow any further comments to this article. All comments are moderated. Enter security code:  Security code

Follow this conversation

Leave a comment Your e-mail: You will be emailed when any additional comments are approved by the moderator. You are only subscribing
to comments made to this article. You may unsubscribe via the link provided on notification emails.

Compare deals

buttonset-backgroundCompare credit cards » card

Related guides and tools


10 worst Kris Kringles: The second hand t-shirt 10 worst Kris Kringles: The second hand t-shirt

There are plenty of ways to get an idea of what makes your work mates tick, but there is …

Newton’s Third Law of Interest Rates: “For every cheer, someone sheds a tear.” Newton’s Third Law of Interest Rates: “For every cheer, someone sheds a tear.”

There comes a point where we homeowners, or mortgage payers, have to stop celebrating …

6 things you didn’t know about Australian money 6 things you didn’t know about Australian money

We spend a lot of time talking about money yet most of us are unaware of some of the …

Battle of the sexes Battle of the sexes

Are men or women the best money managers?

ATO increasing penalty units Offset and redraw vs savings What to do if you can’t pay your mortgage Dealing with retrenchment Are you getting paid less than your co-workers? Estate planning

Compare deals


Find a better home loan home plans Compare home loans Unsure about life insurance? life insurance Compare life insurance Stash your cash term deposits Compare term deposits Go  


Sign up to receive the latest finance news. Email: Subscribe
Connect with us on: Connect with FacebookFacebook Connect with TwitterTwitter Connect with LinkedInLinkedIn Connect with Google PlusGoogle+

BigPond on Facebook

Mozo powered rates widget

Tools & calculators


Currency converter &raquo


Convert: From: To:
Convert Amount: Data supplied by Morningstar, based on a 30min delay.

  BigPond Sport, Movies, Music and Games downloads, video streams and editorial content are unmetered for most BigPond Broadband members. Sitemap | FAQ | Contact Us Terms of Use & Disclaimer – Please read

TelstraBigPond