There’s good news and bad news.
Some folks - the Mayans for example – believe the world will end on December 21.
Others – like UK Prepper Michael ‘Roach’ Sanderson, pictured right – are prepared for disaster but maintain a positive outlook.
“Let’s put it this way,” says the former soldier and paramedic. “I’ve just signed up for a three-month television series on the art of survival.”
Michael, 53, of Purway Close in Luton has a bug-out vehicle (a one-tonne military trailer) in his ‘man cave’ (garage). This is packed with enough provisions to keep his family of four going for three months.
“We’d head for our retreat in Wales which is also stocked for three months,” he explains. “And we’d be ready to leave home in 15 minutes.”
Michael served in the Falklands and Northern Ireland which honed his survival skills.
But watching Hurricane Katrina unfold in 2005 was the catalyst for his YouTube armouredcockroach postings which have had 600,000 hits.
“I didn’t want to be a keyboard commando,” he says. “I wanted to say to people ‘Here’s what I’d do.’”
The series of videos shows Michael demonstrating a variety of survival techniques, including bread baking in a hole in the ground – which could have helped people fleeing the aftermath of the storm.
“I was horrified by the basic, fundamental mistakes that were made,” he says.
“The first thing that happens is sewers overflow and it’s difficult to find a viable water source.
“Within 72 hours you’re running out of food and that’s when the looting starts to happen.” Michael suggests having three packed plastic crates ready for an emergency – one containing incidentals like soap, toothpaste and washing powder, another with warm clothing and a third with water, tinned and dehydrated foods.
He dismisses Armageddon as a “nutter’s charter” but believes we should all be concerned about disasters like the recent floods or a resurgence of the rioting that occurred last year.
“You can’t expect the state to save you,” he claims. “Lots of people phoned the police during the disturbances but no-one came.”
Michael’s tips don’t just cover natural disasters – they also apply to personal events like being made redundant, finding yourself homeless or getting divorced.
“The same guidelines apply,” he says. “You’ve got to adapt to the new environment as soon as possible.”