With Months of Supplies on Hand, South Florida "Prepper" Ready for Anything

Chris Petrovich co-founded the South Florida Survivalist Network – but he doesn't think the world is ending this Friday

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    If a cataclysmic event occurs, Chris Petrovich is ready. He has gas masks, bread in a can, alarms for his windows to alert him of looters and a bottle of what he calls one of the best whiskeys in the world. Petrovich and South Florida security expert Walter Philbrick talk about preppers. (Published Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012)

    If a cataclysmic event occurs, Chris Petrovich is ready.

    He has gas masks, bread in a can, alarms for his windows to alert him of looters – and a bottle of what he calls “one of the best whiskeys in the world.”

    Petrovich has supplies to last for months. He is known as a prepper – and is prepared for anything. He co-founded the South Florida Survivalist Network, now more than 650 members strong.

    “We have a lot of first responders, a lot of doctors, nurses, a lot of firemen and police officers,” he said.

    Many of the group’s members are concerned about the economy, Petrovich said.

    “That's the number one thing and people are saying oh my gosh, I don't know what to do if I lose my job and what if there's a major disaster and I don't have any resources to do things,” he said.

    Petrovich is not worried about the doomsday predictions that the end of the Mayan calendar this Friday will mean the end of the world, however.

    “It’s a bunch of crap,” he said.

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    NASA made a video dispelling the myth of the end of the world.

    Meantime, Mayans recently held ceremonies in Cuba to eliminate negative energy.

    South Florida security expert Walter Philbrick, who caters to preppers, offered a class on surviving the end of the world. But surprisingly, “nobody cared,” he said.

    “I thought people would be concerned about the end of the world,” Philbrick said.

    Most people agree that there is no need to prepare for the end of the world, but Petrovich says it’s always good to be ready for anything.

    “Being prepared, I don’t think, is unreasonable at all,” he said.

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