While it’s been 18 years since the American people panicked over Y2K fears of a potential massive shutdown of basic services in today’s modern world, it appears that growing tensions with North Korea are bringing a new crop of people to rush out to purchase ‘end of the world’ prep gear for themselves and their families as the threat of nuclear war has not been this high since the height of the Cold War.
As reported by CBS Detroit, one Army Surplus store owner reports that preparedness equipment is flying off the shelves:
“We’ve been very busy. Unusually busy, I’d say,” Orr told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “It’s definitely an increase, just in selling all the normal prepper stuff, end of the world stuff. A lot of water prep stuff, food, MREs — the military meals.”
And there’s been a substantial increase in the sale of a particular item they don’t sell much of — a so-called radiation antidote called potassium iodide. “It actually stops your thyroid from absorbing any radiation. So, it fills your thyroid with iodine, which it normally does anyways,” said Orr.
Another popular request: gas masks. But most people looking for those will be out of luck. “Gas masks are a big thing too, but we only sell them as novelty,” said Orr.
Ed Thomas, a spokesperson for TopTierGearUSA.com, which distributes high-end protective equipment for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical emergencies, says that their web site has seen a 1200% spike in orders in the last week.
We’re barely keeping up with the inflow of orders and our staff is working double shifts just to get everything shipped. People are concerned with North Korea, World War III and what President Trump might do.
I’ve never seen it at these levels.
Everything… Anti radiation pills, gas masks, body suits and respiratory filters… people are trying to get their hands on these critical supplies in case this really happens.
Our biggest concern is that our manufacturers won’t be able to keep up with demand.
And it’s not just preparedness supplies. As Zero Hedge reports, bunker sales in California have skyrocket:
While a global nuclear confrontation is generally viewed as a bad thing, for Ron Hubbard, President of Atlas Survival Shelters in Los Angeles, it has resulted in an economic windfall. Here’s more from The Sacramento Bee:
“It’s crazy, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Ron Hubbard, president of Atlas Survival Shelters, told Fox11. “It’s all over the country. I sold shelters today in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, California.” – SHTF Plan
It is primarily the mainstream media that is pushing fears over an inevitable attack from North Korea on the U.S., a U.S. protectorate, or a U.S. ally, but many in the alternative space know that Kim Jung-Un does nothing without first getting permission from Beijing. However, perhaps a little prepping within reason is not out of the realm of prudence anyway, since it is far more likely that the world is rushing headlong into a new global financial crisis and not necessarily into a global nuclear war.
Source: The Daily Economist