GETTING READY: People planning for "Worst Case Scenarios"

What would you do if a disaster struck the valley? Are you prepared? Do you have a plan? Where would you go?

Those questions are racing through the minds of people, now more than ever. With tensions rising in the world, and nature's fury seemingly unstoppable the past couple of months, people are asking themselves "Am I prepared for the worst case scenario?"

If you are one of those people, you're not alone.

"We have extra food in the house, extra water, we have a bag ready to go if we need to be evacuated," said Enildo Leiva. He and Jane Leiva started prepping, after living in Florida. They weren't prepared for hurricanes, and figured they needed to change that when they came to Arizona.

It ended up paying off when a different kind of disaster struck them

"He lost his job, and we ended up living on that, and that's when a big light bulb went off," said Jane. "It's not just for disasters, it's for everyday situations."

The two turned their passion for prepping into a business by running "Preparing Wisely" in Mesa. They are walking away from the job part, but are keeping the lifestyle.

Those looking for something a little more heavy-duty could look into a storage container turned into bomb shelter.

"This is two containers put together," said AZ Containers owner Michael Stackpoole. He is used to turning containers into spare rooms or sheds.

"Basically they're like Legos," said Stackpoole. "Whatever you can come up with, we can cut 'em, we can weld 'em, we can put windows in."

Recently, however, people have been requesting the boxes to be turned into their "worst case scenario" shelters.

"For numerous clients up north and in the local area, we've build them and buried them," said Stackpoole.

Starting at about $2,000, the sky is the limit for "Doomsday Preppers" who want to trick out a potential underground container bunker.

"Actually in the last year, we've done more kinds of off-grid housing stuff than we've ever done before," said Stackpoole.

Ron Johnson, owner of Allied Surplus, said he has definitely seen an uptick of business recently.

"I think with the devastation going around in the world in Florida, Texas, people are being more aware of being self-reliant, and preparing for themselves for last-minute ditch from their home, or wherever they're at," said Johnson.

If you're not ready for the lifestyle change, however, the tricked-out bunker, or the survivalist room, experts said to at least maintain a "Bug-out bag", something to get you through at least a challenging three days

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