So, this morning my cousin woke up and could not breathe. I rushed him to the hospital and while I was spending hours and hours in the ER waiting room, there was a show on NatGeo called "Doomsday Preppers", I watched probably about 15 episodes of it. The show covers people who prep for disasters. Most of them have pretty hefty setups, consisting of a supply of food to last a certain period of time, water, fuel, radios, guns, etc. Some of the people had built shelters in their homes, some had shelters in their homes and a "bugout" shelter in another place, and so on. I know there has been talk about this here on Tweak, I believe MSP has a stockpile of things, and I think wiskas as well(?). Anyways, some of these people have spent an exorbitant amount of money on this stuff. My question about prepping is this... where do you draw the line between prepping for survival as a "just in case", and a borderline mental disorder? One guy, who was a resident of Silverthorne, Colorado (I've been there, small town, elevation 9000ft) had spent $300,000 on a shelter 10 miles away, built in the side of a mountain (at 11,500ft), stocked with everything you could imagine to live for a few months. But, the kicker is this... his preparation was for a polar shift. He bought/built this shelter and had this huge plan because he was convinced that the impending doom was going to be a switch of the poles. Now, I'd say about 2/3 of the people on the show were prepping for a disaster that was somewhat reasonable. I can definitely, definitely understand the ones who were prepping for social uproar due to an economic collapse. I can also understand the one who was prepping for social uproar due to hyperinflation, and nuclear fallout. What do you consider reasonable, and what do you consider just crazy? Lots were prepping for electromagnetic pulse, which would render every electronic device useless. This I can also understand. Another was for solar flare, which is kind of stretching it for our lifetime, but they do happen once every thousand or so years I believe. So, what are your thoughts on this? Economic and financial collapse... understandable, in my opinion. Polar shift or the end of the world in 2012? Probably need to see a psychologist. Also, for the ones who have been prepping, feel free to share what you've done and what the doomsday scenario is that you possibly forsee.