North Korea motivates "preppers"
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:05:00 GMT —
Robert Hawkins is a prepper, and he's a veteran of the Korean War.
For more than four years, he's been part of the American Preppers Network, a movement that has more than 30,000 members nationwide.
Their goal? To be prepared for any kind of emergency, including a threat from North Korea.
"The Korea War never has ended, it's just been on a truce so you have to be more wary of things," Hawkins said.
In 1986, Hawkins worked as a radio technician for the U.S. Air Force monitoring activities in Korea.
"Their technologies might have the capabilities of being able to shoot a rocket up in the air, and they might also have the technology of being able to produce tactical nuclear weapons, but the ability being able to combine the two technologies, it is very difficult to do," said Hawkins.
Hawkins believes there's far more of a domestic nuclear threat than there is a threat from North Korea, but he's prepared for both.
"We have nuclear power plants, every one of them have the ability of malfunction, everything mankind makes, mankind can break," he explained.
Hawkins doesn't have a bunker, but he does operate a ham radio for emergency communication and owns as 45-gallon water drum, which provides a two week water supply.
He lives by the old adage... if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
"I have a 30 day supply of food, 30 day supply of water, have shelter readily available and reliable transportation and the access of electricity."