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Doomsday prepping: Much ado about nothing?

Published: Thu, December 20, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

Some Valley residents stock up; others expect just another day

By Denise Dick


A zombie apocalypse? A planetary collision? The earth being swallowed by a giant black hole?

OK, well probably not.

While disaster believers contend the world will end Friday, pointing to the Maya calendar that ends that day, Mesoamerican history and astronomy experts say tales of the Earth’s imminent demise have been greatly exaggerated. They refute the theories, arguing the beliefs stem from misunderstanding and misinterpretation.

Still, some aren’t taking any chances.

Marty Cohen, owner of Mickey’s Army Navy Store in Warren, said the store has seen a slight uptick in recent weeks in customers seeking gas masks, ammunition cans and military and survival items.

“They’re putting together like a survival kit to keep,” he said.

Sometimes people come into the store just to add to their kits, augmenting them with the latest in survival gear.

“The classic is the gas mask,” Cohen said. “Some buy saws. We have a lot of camping accessories. The military meals-ready-to-eat, or MREs, are very popular.”

This isn’t the first time the Main Avenue store has seen customers preparing for disaster.

In 1991, at the beginning of the war in Iraq, many people were buying similar supplies, and those expecting pandemonium at Y2K, the beginning of 2000, also stocked up.

“There’s always flare-ups,” Cohen said.

While some are prepping for the worst, other Mahoning Valley residents expect just another day.

If they knew, though, that the end was nigh, what would be on their short-term bucket list?

Many would spend it with family, friends and those closest to them.

Poland village Mayor Tim Sicafuse would take the day off work and spend it with family.

“I’d do whatever I wanted to do — connect with everyone I know. I wouldn’t cook, that’s for sure. I’d go out to dinner and maybe not even make the bed that day.”

Lisa Doing Peura of Warren would offer a hand to four-legged friends.

She’d “bring home all the pups and kitties from the pound and love em all up! Then eat, drink and be merry with all my family and friends!”

Vic Delligatti of Mineral Ridge would try to gather family to relive fond memories.

“I would contact my mother and two brothers to see if they would like to meet at my mom and dad’s camp in Moorefield, W.Va.,” he said. “We went there almost every weekend growing up. If that would not work out, I would have to get my mom and spend time with my family..”

Laura Meeks, president of Eastern Gateway Community College, offered a similar plan.

“I’d gather my grandchildren and have sleep-over parties to spend every precious moment with them,” she said. “I’d go to church a lot and be with my church family, spending time in thanksgiving and prayer. I would open my home to the homeless so no one would be alone. Also, I’d eat a lot of chocolate.”

Terry Stocker, Struthers mayor, also would reach out to his family.

“I would make sure I talk to everyone in my family to assure them I love them and think about them constantly,” he said.

Michael Kerensky of Canfield also would host a gathering.

“I would invite all the people that I knew were going to be alone and have a huge dinner paid for by me on a credit card that was due on Dec. 22,” he said.

Others have less-lofty goals.

“To get two good night sleeps,” said Youngstown schools Superintendent Connie Hathorn. “I just want two good night sleeps before I die. I’m tired.”


1Rockyroad(149 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

The folks who prep for "doomsday" are the same folks who have assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. They are psychologically-troubled people who pose a threat to everyone with their irrational thinking. They have no concept of "risk" in their daily life and make the least-likely occurrence the most; such as "doomsday". They worry about attacks in their homes, in restaurants and bars, fluoride in the water, government "death-squads"; all very unlikely almost to being impossible when making odds on a single person. They are almost 100% Republican and looney.

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2Askmeificare(751 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

Sorry Denise, but is this story about prepping for doomsday or about what one would do if the end of the world is nigh?

Judging by the article title, I was hoping for more what local folks are doing if they were preppers. Unfortunately, the article story / information isn't related to the title.

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3papa1(700 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

this is not the end of the world although with the shape it's in now, i would tell God, it's as good a time as any.

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4uselesseater(229 comments)posted 2 years, 2 months ago

"pose a threat to everyone with their irrational thinking."

Yeah right @Rockyroad you and Cambridge should get togther, you'd make a lovely couple.

Plenty of people have been prepping as a matter of life forever. Hardly call the Amish irrational, looney and psychologically troubled. Ditto for the Mormons and tons of other groups. Perhaps your mama never taught you the story of the ant and the grasshopper?

see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ant_...

"fluoride in the water"

Are you one of those sheep that believe your government cares about the quality of your teeth? Funny, healthcare plans don't cover dental although mouth bacteria are a major cause of heart attacks... Hmmm.

Fluoride is in your water because the Carnegie Institute in conjunction with the biggest aluminum polluter on the planet, Alcoa, found it would exceed the global combined wealth to clean up toxic waste spewed by Alcoa from making aluminum.

Ironic that the Nazi's loved fluoride and used it to keep their prisoners docile. Then again, much of what the Nazi's did was modeled directly from the United, like concentration camps and mass killing which were modeled after eugenics and abortion in the US.

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