End of the world 2012: getting ready

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A mask that cleans the air

The air purifying SCape Mask is demonstrated by Phil Burns at his home in American Fork, Utah. While most "preppers" discount the Mayan calendar prophecy, many are preparing to be self-sufficient for threats like nuclear war, natural disaster, famine and economic collapse.

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Rations

Freeze dried meals and emergency food rations, which are a staple of preppers, fill the racks at Grandma's Country Foods in Sandy, Utah.

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Stocking up food

Rows of jars line shelves at Hugh Vail's home in Bountiful, Utah.

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Firewood

Cutting firewood at his home is Hugh Vail.

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Bunker

Employees work on the construction of a bunker at Utah Shelter Systems in North Salt Lake, Utah. The price of the shelters range from $51,800 (£31,965) to $64,900 (£40,049)

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Emergency camp stoves

Mike Porenta prepares to ship emergency camp stoves at American Prepper Network's warehouse in Sandy, Utah.

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Noting down chores

A pen rests on a notepad with a list of chores at the Nice family farm in Kinston, North Carolina. Preppers Jeff and Jeanie Nice live on a 13 acre farm where they raise beef, chicken, turkey and can vegetables from their garden. After completion of a government contract working in computers, Jeff has spent most of his time on the farm tending to the livestock and general chores such as planting grass or keeping his equipment in working order. On the farm is a 200 yard rifle range where Jeff teaches hunter education and gun safety.

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Self-sufficiency

Being self-sufficient is important to preppers. Here, Jeff Nice tends to his honey bees.

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Ready for disaster

Jeff Nice looks into one of his two freezers where he keeps frozen chickens at his farm.

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Food preparation

Mike Holland looks over as a chicken is run through the plucker after being slaughtered at the Holland family property in Warrenton, North Carolina. Prepper Mike Holland lives with his wife, four children and three other men on their 13 acre property where they raise, chickens, turkey, goat and a cow for milk. They also have a greenhouse and a few trailers that house food storage, including multiple freezers. Outside of food preparations, Holland has ammunition and firearms, a safe room, security cameras and a military grade generator for power.