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Expecting the worst, Preppers aim for self sufficiency

Created:03-15-2012     

There's a smorgasbord of end-of-the-world scenarios out there: supervolcanoes, meteor strikes, electromagnetic radiation, natural disasters, plague and economic meltdown.

And there's a growing cadre of South Florida residents taking steps to survive what they fear is a coming breakdown of society.

"People are trying to become more self-sufficient," said Neil Evangelista, 62, of Boca Raton, who has water filters, generators, ham radio and extra food. "They're preparing for the worst."

They're called preppers, and they're stockpiling nonperishables, making escape plans and training with weapons to defend an independent lifestyle. They're not the furtive, often paranoid and political survivalists of the Cold War, but rather the family down the street. They just happen to have food and ammo stored in secret rooms.

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