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Editor's letter: Vox-pocalypse

How Columbians are physically and spiritually preparing for disaster, whenever it might come

NAVEEN MAHADEVAN/Columbia Missourian

December 20, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST

We all do things to prepare, from the miniscule task of writing a grocery list to stockpiling supplies before a severe storm hits. I still remember making a midnight trip to Wal-Mart with my family on the eve of Y2K. We aren’t survivalists by any means, but there we were buying up batteries and bottled water alongside hordes of our fellow suburbanites. We wanted to be ready, just in case.

This week, our Vox-pocalypse-themed issue focuses on how Columbians are physically and spiritually preparing for disaster, whenever it might come (Page 4). The Zombie Squad educates others on how to respond to real-life emergencies, the Columbia Preppers pass on valuable survival skills and religious leaders share their predictions of the apocalypse.

The Vox staff doesn’t believe the world will cease to exist on Dec. 21, and it turns out the Mayans didn’t either (Page 11). So we have some fun with a literary- inspired survival guide (Page 12). Don’t miss our tips on the bottom of each page tofind out how to repurpose this issue if it’s all you have left.

We include a more serious look at survival, too. Find out what to pack in a bug out bag (Page 5) and what plants are safe to eat if you’re foraging for food (Page 8).

Although mankind’s Dec. 21 expiration date has received a lot of hype in recent years, predictions about the world’s demise have existed for centuries. It’s part of our nature to try to guess what the future holds — and to sometimes plan for the worst. But behind the uncertainty and anxiety that motivates preppers to stock up on essentials, there is a tangible, practical goal that we can all relate to: being able to take care of ourselves.

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