How ready are you for a national disaster, or an apocalyptic event? A Madison-area group says it's as ready as ever.
"To me, it's an insurance policy," said the organizer of the group Madison Preppers, who only wants us to use his first name, Curt. "I was a prepper before the prepper was cool, I think."
From food and supplies, to a bug-out-bag -- an emergency pack that's ready to go in a moment's notice -- Curt said it's all about having a plan and being ready for anything.
"Local emergencies, train derailments, hazardous materials type spills, explosions -- up to a regional-type, or a national emergency," Curt said.
Curt isn't alone.
"I think it's more important for people to understand what it takes to survive," a man named Harold said, who wanted us to use only his first name. He's one of about 15 people who met Tuesday night for a Madison Preppers meeting at the Bristol Town Hall.
Madison Preppers meet twice a month to talk about various survival techniques during various emergency situations. These prepping groups have gotten more and more popular because of television shows, like "Doomsday Preppers," showing extreme preppers getting ready for the end of the world.
Curt says that's the extreme and not really what this group is about.
"People can come up with probably hundreds of different scenarios that they prep for -- like the 'Doomsday Preppers,'" he said.
Curt said it gives him peace of mind to know that whatever happens in his world, he'll be ready to take it on.
"It's having all my ducks in a row and being able to help my family out, friends, neighbors, in case something happens with them, to them," Curt said.
Madison Preppers has covered topics ranging from eating wild foods, safety and security, creating black-out kits, water filtration, even long-term food storage. This is an open group and they welcome new members.