"We Can Barely Keep Up" - Prepper Panic-Buying Begins As WWIII Fears Grip America

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

As is often the case, most people wait until the last minute to prepare for the worst.

As reported by CBS Detroit, one Army Surplus store owner reports that preparedness equipment is flying off the shelves:

“We’ve been very busy. Unusually busy, I’d say,” Orr told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “It’s definitely an increase, just in selling all the normal prepper stuff, end of the world stuff. A lot of water prep stuff, food, MREs — the military meals.”

 

And there’s been a substantial increase in the sale of a particular item they don’t sell much of — a so-called radiation antidote called potassium iodide.

 

 

“It actually stops your thyroid from absorbing any radiation. So, it fills your thyroid with iodine, which it normally does anyways,” said Orr.

 

 

Another popular request: gas masks. But most people looking for those will be out of luck.

 

“Gas masks are a big thing too, but we only sell them as novelty,” said Orr.

Ed Thomas, a spokesperson for TopTierGearUSA.com, which distributes high-end protective equipment for Nuclear, Biological and Chemical emergencies, says that their web site has seen a 1200% spike in orders in the last week.

We’re barely keeping up with the inflow of orders and our staff is working double shifts just to get everything shipped. People are concerned with North Korea, World War III and what President Trump might do.

 

I’ve never seen it at these levels.

 

Everything… Anti radiation pills, gas masks, body suits and respiratory filters… people are trying to get their hands on these critical supplies in case this really happens.

 

Our biggest concern is that our manufacturers won’t be able to keep up with demand.

And it’s not just preparedness supplies. As Zero Hedge reports, bunker sales in California have skyrocket:

While a global nuclear confrontation is generally viewed as a bad thing, for Ron Hubbard, President of Atlas Survival Shelters in Los Angeles, it has resulted in an economic windfall.  Here’s more from The Sacramento Bee:

“It’s crazy, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Ron Hubbard, president of Atlas Survival Shelters, told Fox11.
 
 “It’s all over the country. I sold shelters today in North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, California.”

As we’ve reported previously, the situation has gotten so serious that the island nation of Guam, recently threatened for annihilation by North Korea, has issued a nuclear emergency guide warning residents to not look at the flash or fireball following a nuclear detonation.

President Trump announced Friday that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded,” ready to respond to North Korean aggression.

With panic buying taking hold, it’s only a matter of time before prices for items like gas masks anti-radiation pills go through the roof. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, panicked U.S. West coast residents pushed prices for a single package to $200 on auction sites. Under normal circumstances, a package of the FDA approved pills sells for about $15.

Comments

Boonster Aug 12, 2017 10:25 PM Permalink

If WWIII actually occurs, I think I'd rather be dead. ZH has too many Chicken Little stories. Nobody except Kin Jong Un is stupid enough to engage in Nuclear war with the USA. Not gonna happen.

Nutin_nice Aug 12, 2017 10:46 AM Permalink

I wish I was one of the people making a small fortune from all this hype and you get all the free advertising coming from main stream media. When you hear or see that all Senate and Congress members have been taken to one location then you need to worry

UpAndComing Aug 12, 2017 10:33 AM Permalink

I have been to this store. Decent inventory for one off purchses but people who prep as part of their regular routine would not stock up there. Their margins are thick.

ZH has always been pretty doom and gloom. It doesnt hurt to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

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TheLastTrump (not verified) historian40 Aug 12, 2017 12:41 PM Permalink

 Is Tangent your sock puppet? Are you paid to disrupt threads with your inanities?  "On June 25, 1950, the Korean War began when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf. As far as American officials were concerned, it was a war against the forces of international communism itself." http://www.history.com/topics/korean-war

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Peter41 historian40 Aug 12, 2017 12:25 PM Permalink

The North Koreans invaded South Korea in a surprise attack in June 1950. The UN declared an emergency, not just the US. The UN forces were pushed back to the Pusan perimeter within days, and then MacArthur landed at Inchon, forcing the Communists to withdraw. The UN forces then pushed the North Koreans back to the Yalu River in the north, and then the Red Chinese moved across the Yalu and fought the UN forces to a stalemate, when the armistice commission at Panmunjom agreed to the current border at roughly the 45th parallel. That is the history of the conflict. There never has been a treaty ending the war.

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Silver Savior Aug 12, 2017 9:48 AM Permalink

Or people could just load up on precious metals instead. Then when gold and silver resets to back the new currency you could then buy bunker shit as if it was pennies on the dollar. But people just live for today.

Latitude25 (not verified) Aug 12, 2017 9:35 AM Permalink

Out to sea.  12 gauge mossberg mariner.  Plenty of fishing supplies.  Reverse osmosis water maker.

turkey george palmer Aug 12, 2017 9:07 AM Permalink

Why don't the South Koreans buy North Korea from the Chinese.How much could it cost? They can go to quicken loans and apply for a Mortage. Have an answer in 10 minutes, say China says 2 trillion and the S. Koreans say well there's no pool and the Nieghbor's are really kinda scary so we can go a trillion five tops but we need a few updates first, like taking the troll with Bert haircut out ASAP. Then we need a little help uncovering any hidden underground facilities.  We are going to keep the present tenant plus upgrade some stuff and then the whole niebors will be happy

south40_dreams Aug 12, 2017 8:19 AM Permalink

Liberals are praying for civil war from the Mueller inquisition, like they pray to Al Gore for a weather apocalypse, just like they pray for nuclear Armageddon from NK. The liberals have become a death cult, just like their sister organization the mooslims.

To Hell In A H… Aug 12, 2017 7:13 AM Permalink

While the enjoys the return of football, British summer time, the citizens of the world continue to masturbate, have fun, dance, shop, enjoy the arts and perform cunnilingus on the wife, the USSA preppers go full retard. Pure comedy gold.

CoCosAB Aug 12, 2017 6:47 AM Permalink

"People are concerned with North Korea" ahahahahahahahahahahahahah Well, calling THESE DUMB FUCKS "people" is a very BAD USE OF THE WORD!

Sudden Debt Aug 12, 2017 5:24 AM Permalink

yawn... Americans are such pussies...By the slightest news of war they panick. It shows how low their faith is in their own countries ability do defend itself.If shows that even a little country like North Korea holds supreme power over America. All wasted money.

Oliver Jones Aug 12, 2017 4:20 AM Permalink

Ah, we got our potassium iodide tablets in the post, back in 2014 - from the Swiss Army, no less.Over here, it is standard procedure to have the tablets available in every household, in case one of our nuclear power stations goes kablooey. We also have enough civilian nuclear shelters for 114% of the population.Basically, we panicked early, in 2012, when we moved to Switzerland - on the basis that it's better to panic early than to panic late. :)