How will the world meet its eventual demise? Will the Earth suddenly find itself in the path of a massive comet? Will we destroy ourselves in the next World War or will a massive earthquake rip apart the foundations of the surface of our planet? As we find ourselves rapidly approaching the end of the year 2012, the frequency and creativity of gloom and doom predictions are evolving daily. One of the most obvious signs that apocalyptic thoughts have entered the mainstream is the widespread appearance of individuals who call themselves doomsday preppers. Preppers are, by definition, preparing themselves and their families for an event that could shake the foundations of modern society. Although some preppers may take their innate survival instinct to the extreme, most realize the vital importance of understanding the basic principles of survival when, or if, our society ceases to exist.