Are you Prepping for Polar Pandemonia?

February 22, 2012

Last night I watched Doomsday Preppers on the National Geographic Channel.  According to the website, a Prepper is:

An individual or group that prepares or makes preparations in advance of, or prior to, any change in normal circumstances or lifestyle without significant reliance on other persons (i.e., being self-reliant), or without substantial assistance from outside resources (govt., etc.) in order to minimize the effects of that change on their current lifestyle.

This “change in normal circumstances or lifestyle” could be caused by a natural phenomenon such as an earthquake, or manmade as in an economic collapse. Maybe it will be in the form of a worldwide pandemic. A Jacksonville family portrayed on last night’s show, however, is prepping, and leaving the state, for another reason. They believe Florida will be under water soon, or at the very least, iced over.  That is, the earth is due for a magnetic polar shift which will wreak havoc and change the landscape of Florida, and the world, forever.

I never call anything crazy until I know more about it. 

And what I know so far is that this is not make-believe. Research apparently shows that the north magnetic pole is shifting towards Russia.  But how or when it will affect us is another matter.  Interestingly, though, back in January of  2011, closure of the Tampa airport was attributed to the magnetic polar shift. According to one article,

 “The Earth’s poles are changing constantly, and when they change more than three degrees, that can affect runway numbering.”

Craziness or reality? You decide.

Prepping is a smart idea in this state simply because of the hurricane potential.  And with the economy in such disarray, prepping is a smart idea for other reasons as well.  For more on prepping in Florida, check out the Florida Preppers Network.

And to see how Hollywood would portray the polar shift scenario in Florida, check out the movie Absolute Zero. That’s what we’ll be watching this weekend.