Yes, it is 2012. Yes, the Mayan calendar runs out and has doomsday predicted for Dec. 21 of this year. So the question is, are you prepping?
There are a slew of movies and television shows that are showing not only the numerous ways our planet can come to an end but also how to prep for these potential disasters. These programs are a nightly onslaught worse than the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster, OK, so maybe not as much as that, but close. It all started with the movie 2012 staring John Cusack where the Earth basically implodes and supervolcanoes erupt, throwing the planet off kilter; I won't spoil it beyond that if you haven't sat down to watch it yet. The television programs that I find interesting are "Doomsday Bunkers" and "Doomsday Preppers."
On Doomsday Bunkers they build state-of-the-art bunkers for families to live in that are often better than the homes they live in. The basic premise is: If you have the money, we have the bunker. On "Doomsday Preppers," the show looks at how to survive an apocalyptic event such as massive underground volcanoes erupting like those underneath Yellowstone National Park, tsunamis like the one that happened a few years back off of the coast of Japan, solar storms that knock out our power grid and of course as Billy Bob Thornton stated in "Armageddon," the "world killer," an asteroid that is large enough to knock us all off like the dinosaurs.
The last one that the preppers look at is a total economic collapse where every commodity is precious, such as food and water. Are Yoopers prepared for any of these events; I would have to say yes, very much so. First off, if the supervolcanoes go off they will create a huge ash cloud that will create a wintery mix of weather for months on end. Yep, we got that covered. The only concern would be perhaps a little more maintenance on our plows. Fortunately, we are quite a distance from any ocean so even a mile-high tsunami, (which experts estimate could go many miles inland), wouldn't affect us at all unless Lake Superior decided to throw up a big wave. In that case, let's hope it happens in the early spring when the snowbirds are away. The asteroid example wouldn't be an issue because if it is big enough, and it hits us, all the canned food in the world won't help you. If our electric grid were to go out, I would hope that it didn't happen in the winter due to the fact I don't own a wood stove, but, when I look out my window three out of every five neighbors seem to have one so I feel confident that I could trade something for their heat.
This leads me to the last one that I feel as a Yooper we are really prepared for, and that is a total economic collapse. Seeing that most of think this already has happened repeatedly in our lives, we would just focus on our basic needs. If a total economic collapse were to happen, food would be the No. 1 worry. Fortunately, we have the best food pantry system in Michigan; between churches and other food programs, our cabinets are busting at the seams with food - maybe not our favorites, but in a time of crisis, we'd eat.
Lastly, we may run out of water, but only until it snows, and if all else fails, there's always a canned beverage or two that may be in our fridge to help tide us over until the lights come on.
Brian Foreman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.