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How to Prepare for Armageddon in the Office, by American ­Preppers ­Network CEO Hugh Vail


How to Prepare for Armageddon in the Office, by American ­Preppers ­Network CEO Hugh Vail

Photograph by Elizabeth Renstrom for Bloomberg Businessweek

You’ll probably need to walk home. It may sound obvious, but you need good shoes. You’ll also want a CamelBak hydro pack, one of the smaller, sleeker ones with two medium-size pockets. Keep water bottles under your desk, at least a gallon and a half. They’ll keep for months and months, and you can fill the CamelBak bladder when you need to. Everything else fits inside the pack. There’s a small solar panel made by Goal Zero. You can strap it on the back of your CamelBak or tape it on a window. It will power your phone and laptop. They also have battery packs that come with it and last for hours and hours. A CRKT Guppie is a multitool—a little pocketknife, a screwdriver set, and a wrench. There’s a product you can get over the counter called Silver Immune Booster. Use it like iodine or rubbing alcohol to purify abrasions or cuts. Food: You want freeze-dried meals in Mylar pouches. Get a stove in a can. It’s about the size of half a coffee can. It’s like being able to carry a campfire with you at all times. And then you want a tiny pot. Get it at a Salvation Army store. You’re just looking for something to heat up water for your food. You want comforters. If you’re religious, you want a pocket-size Bible. Photos of your family or favorite vacation. Maybe it’s a picture of a Toyota (TM) Tacoma. You might have a favorite book. A lot of people like James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh. And a deck of cards. Granted, if the building’s burning, now’s not the time to play Go Fish, but you can’t be panicked while you’re having fun. —As told to Brendan Greeley

Vail is the CEO of the American Preppers Network, a Sandy (Utah)-based preparedness website that runs seminars and sells preparedness gear.  


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