FORT MYERS, Fla. - Living in Florida means always preparing whether it's for hurricanes or brush fires. After Hurricane Sandy to our north last year, some people were caught off guard with the wrath Mother Nature brought. It's why some believe prepping year round is the safe and right thing to do for now and the end of the world.
The word prepping may have a negative connotation to some. A big part of that came when the Mayan Calendar said the end of the world was coming and some people were labeled Doomsday Preppers.
Is it taking things to the extreme or just planning for the inevitable? The show 'Doomsday Preppers' on National Geographic takes a look at the lives of people preparing for the end of the world.
But is there anything or any way we can really prepare for the end? We took that question to Reverend Phil White of the Fort Myers Congregational United Church of Christ.
"The end of the world is going to be something that no one can expect or anticipate," said White.
White said instead of putting supplies away and making big plans. He believes we should live our lives as if we're already at the end right now.
"We can't know what to expect, because if we follow God's line of reasoning, there is nothing we have ever experienced that can help us anticipate it," said White.
But what about prepping for disasters that may not cause the end of the world but almost seem like it?
Maybe you want to learn how to be a prepper and find out what to do. WINK News went to Hollywood, Florida, which is just north of Miami to show you how the pros do it. Starting with a flashlight and a box of pasta.
For nearly the last 30 years, Chris Petrovich has considered himself a prepper.
"I never tell anyone I'm a prepper. I know I'm on TV but I never tell anyone I know that I'm a prepper," said Petrovich.
"I wanted to try and inform people and get people kind of tuned up to what was going on and just let them know they're not alone," said Petrovich.
Petrovich plans for the just in case instance.
"Peanut butter. But its really steak in a jar. This thing is so full of protein and vitamins and minerals its like eating a steak. Something I think everyone should have is as simple as this, its a solar panel," said Petrovich.
At his office, Petrovich has everything from gas masks to mylar bags for food storage to baby wipes for a shower in case water is not available.
"Not as good as a shower but it will get the job done," said Petrovich.
But this is for show and tell because Petrovich will never give up where his real storage and safety location is.
"Right now the majority of Americans can't even dig a ditch for themselves. Can't even dig a hole for themselves or even feed themselves for a day," said Petrovich.
It's that line of reasoning that, Petrovich believes, is why many people could be caught off guard if something does happen.
"They think there could be another attack possibly. Lets say a Carrington event like the solar flare like we had 150 years ago. Look at the flu season now, what happens if it gets much worse. What if there is a repeat of the 1918 Spanish flu?" said Petrovich.
White believes the younger generation hasn't dealt with those types of things so he doesn't believe they grasp what the end is like.
"In a community or a nation where you have dealt with it, I think its far less interesting," said White.
But if you wanted to prep and plan, how do you even start?
"Slow and steady. Start with the basics first. Food, water. Those are the basics then work your way up to other things," said Petrovich.
Planning for the 'what ifs' in life, White believes takes the focus off what life is about but understands there is a balance.
"Anyone who lives in Florida understands that. When June comes, you lay in a supply of all different types of batteries, you make sure your flashlights and your radios and your battery powered tv is working," said White.
Living in Florida, or anywhere else in the world, not knowing is what everyone agrees on.
"It will happen again. Hopefully not in my lifetime but you never know. I don't have a crystal ball," said Petrovich.
"You have no idea what's going to happen or where you're going to wind up. So with a towel and a Swiss Army knife, you could probably cover any circumstance," said White.
Many preppers WINK News spoke to while preparing this story said they don't like to talk about prepping because they don't want to be a target.
We hear a lot about groups that build compounds because they're scared of the government. This is different. The man in Alabama that police said was holding a little boy hostage for example, he had a bunker because he thought the government was coming after him.
Preppers say they're planning for the 'just in case' or 'worst case' scenario. Not because of people but more because of events.