St. Charles “Doomsday Preppers” ready for any disaster

ST. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – “Doomsday Preppers” are just ordinary everyday people who are also preparing for the end of the world.

Prepping can be pretty expensive, take a lot of time, and some people might think you’re just crazy.
“Oh I get it at work all the time,” said Don Velasco of St. Peters.

Velasco has already collected guns, ammo, machetes, basic medical supplies, quick prep food, water storage, and is hoping to get a piece of land soon. He mentioned, “Unfortunately I don’t have a place to run to, but I would run to a forest in the middle of Missouri.”

Butch Gaines of St. Charles has a five year plan to move his family and their spouses and children, to a farm away from the crowded suburbs. He started prepping because he said God told him to do so. “My plan is my own farm, in the back of the woods, down roads you can barely see. We would have our own garden, chickens, and bees. We would build a house for our family, and their family and have our own form of protection,” said Gaines.

One prepper has had his own piece of that he inherited from his father. But, Danny Hanners of St. Peters doesn’t consider himself a prepper, “I’ve never thought of it that way. I had it before they became popular.” Hanners is also a hunter and has a home on the property that he shares with his brother.

All three men are prepping because they believe there will be a big economic crash.

“I think our economy is going to come back, and then crash again. This time worse than ever and it will never comeback. We will fight each other for survival and food,” Gaines said.

Velasco agreed saying, “First of all, there is a possibility of an economic crash, which is very possible, an escalation of war, and the increase of natural disasters.”

Both Hanners and Velasco have watched the show, “Doomsday Preppers” on National Geographic, but wouldn’t compare themselves to the people the show features.

“Some are a little bizarre,” said Hanners and Velasco adding, “It’s to what each can afford.” The most memorable preppers for them were a couple of guys building castles out of cinderblocks and school buses.
While these three men are toned down versions of “Doomsday Preppers,” they believe everybody should be taking precaution in case of disaster striking.

“I do think everyone should be a planner, but I don’t think everyone wants to believe it’s going to happen, so they don’t,” mentioned Gaines.

Velasco had a message to share with non-preppers, “When disaster hits and you have no means to eat, drink water, and you’re in a position into that, then you’re going to see me and say, ‘I should have listened to you.’ “

By: Brittany Velasco