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Meet the Preppers: Bryan Smith

Ron Hubbards escape hatch is airtight.

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"I'm preparing for an economic collapse that will lead to violent social unrest."

Bryan Smith is a prepper living in the subtropical climate of rural Florida. To protect his family, Bryan has decided to install an underground bunker. With the help of his childhood friend and fellow prepper, Ron Hubbard, Bryan is building an underground shelter to protect him from the effects of a looming economic collapse. He is growing tobacco and sugar cane to use as barter and is also manufacturing his own ammunition. To protect his family, Bryan has decided to install an underground bunker. Ron is a steel manufacturer in Los Angeles who builds bunkers professionally and has agreed to build a custom one for Bryan. 

Planning to survive on his preps for at least a year, Bryan and his diverse group of preppers have been propagating their 40-acres of land with various animals to hunt and barter with during the economic doomsday. He is also growing tobacco and sugar cane to use as barter and also manufactures his own ammunition. Spending nearly $25,000 a year on preps, he hopes to not only endure the economic collapse, but to aid in the rebuilding process. Having survived a mountain lion attack and wrestled with alligators, Bryan’s biggest fear is the government taking all of his hard-earned preps away and dividing them among the unprepared. When the world is spiraling out of control with inflation, this will signal Bryan to bug out to his wilderness oasis. 

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