Shoppers prepare for possible apocalypse on Dec. 21


by Gene Kang

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 19 at 11:12 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Some people think the world will end Friday with an apocalypse on 12-21-12. Others think maybe the only thing left will be a lonely robot named Wall-E.

But whether you think it is real or a silly joke, it is big business for Dixie Army Surplus store in Louisville.

Dozens of people have been shopping since the summer for the end of the world as we know it, including former Navy man, Jeremiah McClellan.

McClellan showed WHAS11 what to put in a bug out survival bag which can carry supplies including flashlights, water and food for about seven days.

"It's written down for thousands of years. I think a 95 percent chance something will happen," McClellan said.

The end of the Mayan calendar, which began in 3114 BC, has been interpreted in many ways. One prophesy is Armageddon and another is the beginning of a new era. But how does McClellan think it could end?

"The whole ancient aliens coming back to visit us might work but I'm thinking a solar flare,” McClellan said.

While Dixie Army Surplus store owner, Barbara Sauer, doesn't think the end is here it's enough to make people stock up.

"We're out of MRE's, tablets for the water. We're out of the medical kits," Sauer said.

If the apocalypse really does happen this Friday WHAS11's Gene Kang is prepared. He has all the items that McClellan talked about including a helmet for any fallout, vest for protection, knife for safeguarding, a week's worth of supplies in a bug out bag and you cannot forget the sturdy shoes just in case it's the end of the world.

Believe it or not, the Mega Cavern received a few phone calls asking to rent space if something happens. Offers that the owner didn't take.

Back in the 1960's, they could have housed 50,000 people underground and had a list of dignitaries including Colonel Sanders during the Cuban Missile Fallout.

"They would have lived on Army cots and drank water out of these cans of water brought into the cavern," said Steven Bartlett, a tour guide with Mega Cavern.

Some shoppers say they will store their supplies in the basement of their home and wait it out on Friday.

If the world does not end, they plan on saving their things for a natural disaster.