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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Your neighbor could be one, your coworker or even your own mother. Some say they are Doomsday or conspiracy theorists. They say they are just regular folks, with one exception.

"If the power or water got shut off after five days, which is not out of the realm of possibility, I wouldn't be leaving my house because it's going to be pandemonium, people are not going to be prepared," said Low Buck Prepper.

They're called preppers: People all over Arizona prepping with food, water and security.

To protect his identity this man goes by Low Buck Prepper. He started prepping with one thing in mind.

"You just never know what's going to happen, you have health insurance, you have car insurance. Why don't you have food insurance or water insurance?"

But Low Buck wants you to know it's not what you think, he's prepping for a different reason. "I do this because I don't think the end of the world is coming or anything like that but if I lose my job, well I have 6 months of food that me and my wife can live on. If a family or a neighbor needs help I can help, plus it's fun."

Most preppers don't consider themselves as Doomsdayers or conspiracy theorists.

He says most are just preparing for the possibilities of what could happen. Like the collapse of our government to a natural disaster.

Low Buck started a YouTube channel about nine months ago and already has more than 3,000 subscribers.

Teaching and learning from other preppers how to stockpile food, water, guns and ammo -- basic needs of survival.

"If you don't think things can get bad really quick, look at the videos on Black Fridays and the sales of people getting trampled. That's for a sale, now imagine if the lights were out and you needed food or something like that."

But it has happened, 2005 Hurricane Katrina. It left thousands of people searching for food, water and power.

"The closer we get to Doomsday and with what's happening in the market and people are losing their homes, people are angry. People are prepping," said George Landa, Sales Manager for Miller's Surplus.

He says preppers bring in big business to his local store. Recently they sold out of MRE's, meals ready to eat.

"Of course they want the MRE's, the flashlights, they want the pararope. That works for everything for pulling, tailing, tying their tarps, tarps go, tents go."

He expects business to pick up the closer we get to 2012, the Mayan calendar prediction for the end of the world. But for the majority of preppers like Low Buck, he says he has no special plans to prepare for that he's just ready for the 'what if.'

"I'm just not a conspiracist. I'm not believing that I'm going to see the end of the world anytime in my lifetime, but you know, I just prepare for anything."

Low Buck says the prepper movement is a very tight-knit community and they are finding each other on the web.

To learn more about the prepper movement we've posted a link to Low Buck's YouTube Channel. 

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