Most preppers say it’s better to be prepared than scared.
Barry Ames is a prepper who lives in Delaware County, for now.
“You see Doomsday Preppers and they make them look crazy, but I think it's crazy to do nothing, to see what's going on and do nothing,” said Ames.
Ames has been prepper for a year. He said he’s not sure what he is prepping for, but he fears vital resources could be depleted at any moment.
He has prepared dozens of buckets of freeze dried sugar, evaporated milk, oatmeal and pasta. It’s all stored in a remote Meigs County cabin in southern Ohio.
"I don't really mind what other people think about me,” he said.
Ames just bought the seven-and-a-half acre property. The husband, and father of two boys, is not taking any chances when it comes to safety and survival of his family.
So now, the family is packing up and moving in.
"We were looking for a secluded place and this just happened to fit the bill,” said Ames.
He does not plan to permanently live in the tiny cabin, but said it’s a good start.
"I sleep upstairs. I have an air mattress upstairs behind my head,” he said.
Ames has spent 16 hours a day preparing the property for the home that will eventually be put there.
It has a wood burning stove and electrical power. It even has a radio to keep up with the news.
"I was actually here when the school shooting took place, that's how I found out was radio,” said Ames.
Ames said that events like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting have reinforced his need to protect his boys and prepare for the worst case scenario.
Ames is not alone in central Ohio.
The owner of Preppers Discounters in north Columbus said business is booming with central Ohioans looking for emergency supplies.
Supplies on the shelves include flashlights, batteries, water and dried food packets that have a five year shelf life. Just add boiling water and the food packets are ready in minutes.
“Most people are very, very surprised on the taste of this,” said Miller.
Miller said that most preppers he meets are not paranoid, but rather well-informed people who would rather do “something than nothing.”
"They want to be self-sufficient in times of emergency. They do not want to count on anybody else taking care of them,” said Miller.
Ames has already started planning for his family at the Meigs County property.
“This was all trees so we had to literally dig out every one of those trees,” said Ames.
When they eventually move in, they will have enough food to last at least a year.
"I just want to do what I need to do to live, and my wife and children. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about,” explained Ames
Many preppers also use social media as a tool to make connections and bounce ideas off each other.
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