Construction experts see a 32% increase in the number of preppers building bunkers and shelters
A marketplace connecting professional and amateur builders with vendors reported a 32% increase in people preparing for the apocalypse, buying materials to create their own bunkers and shelters to survive.
The market conducts surveys to find out more about the projects their clients are working on, as well as the projects the clients intend to start.
MaterialsMarket.com conducts biannual customer surveys and its recent survey found that the number of customers working on projects such as bunkers and shelters to prepare for the “apocalypse” has increased since June 2019.
Of those buying to start “doomsday preparedness” projects, 42% of people were building storage sheds to house food, supplies and safety gear, 35% were buying building materials to create their own underground bunkers (e.g. in their basement), and 18% built shelters separate from their own properties.
According to preparers and survivalists, events such as the Covid-19 pandemic are mid-level crises and should be taken as a sign to prepare for what might happen.
A “prepared for the apocalypse” guide includes advice for anyone looking to prepare for future challenges, disasters or apocalypses, as well as those looking to create the ultimate bunker or refuge (with the best materials to use).
Tips include assessing the types of crises you want to be ready for before you begin your preparation, building a solid financial foundation, creating “take-out bags” and “take-in bags” ready for crises that occur at home and on the go, and practice regular survival drills.
Samuel Hunt, co-founder of MaterialsMarket.com, said, “We conduct our regular surveys to learn more about our customers and find out if there are any gaps in the products on our site, like things people miss, etc., but some of the results we’ve seen are really quite interesting.
“To learn that many people are looking for building materials to make bunkers, shelters and storage sheds is really intriguing, but after the events of the last two years, it is perhaps not surprising.
“While it might seem unusual for people to take such precautions, thinking back to empty supermarket shelves when the lockdown first happened in the UK makes it more understandable. The prep community is engaged and growing, so we decided to reach out to a real “Doomsday Prepper” to create our guide to help those who are prepping and those planning to do so properly and safely.