A marketplace connecting professional and amatuer builders with suppliers has reported a 32% increase in the number of people âdoomsday preppingâ, buying materials to create their own bunkers and safehouses for survival.
The marketplace conducts surveys to learn more about the projects their customers are working on, as well as the projects that customers intend on starting.
MaterialsMarket.com conducts biannual customer surveys and its recent survey found out that the number of customers working on projects such as bunkers and safehouses to prepare for âdoomsdayâ has increased since June 2019.
Of those who were buying to start âdoomsday preppingâ projects, 42% of people were building storage sheds to house food, supplies, and safety equipment, 35% were buying building materials to create their own underground bunkers (e.g. in their basement), and 18% were building safehouses separate to their own properties.
According to preppers and survivalists alike, events such as the Covid-19 pandemic are mid-level crises and should be taken as a sign to prepare for what might come.
A âdoomsday preppingâ guide includes tips for anyone looking to prepare themselves for future challenges, catastrophes, or apocalypses, as well as those wanting to create the ultimate bunker or safehouse (with top materials to use).
Tips include assessing the kinds of crises you want to be ready for before starting your prep, building a solid financial foundation, creating âgo bagsâ and âget home bagsâ ready for crises that happen both at home and on the go, and practicing regular survival drills.
Samuel Hunt, co-founder of MaterialsMarket.com, said: âWe conduct our regular surveys to understand more about our customers and find out if there are any product gaps on our site, like things that people are missing out on and such, but some of the results weâve seen are very interesting indeed.
“To learn that a lot of people are looking for building materials to make bunkers, safehouses, and storage sheds is really intriguing but after the events of the past two years, perhaps not surprising.
âWhile it may seem unusual for people to be taking such precautions, thinking back to the empty shelves at the supermarkets when the lockdown first happened in the UK makes it more understandable. The prepping community is a committed and growing one, so we decided to get in touch with a real life âDoomsday Prepperâ to create our guide to help those who are prepping, and those who are considering it, do it properly and safely.â