Wars, droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes, civil unrest, strange weather phenomena, solar flares, dirty bombs, fires, economic uncertainty, high altitude electromagnetic pulse – the threats are everywhere these days, but does anyone have a solution?
One industry leader with a global reputation says it can address most, if not all, of these concerns and has been doing so for years.
Brian Camden has been in the construction business for over 40 years and has spent the past 21 years creating solutions to the headline dominating disasters so many are concerned about.
His company, Hardened Structures, is the only one-stop-shop for the survival needs of people concerned about surviving the aftermath of a disaster.
From survival food and water, to firearms, to alarms, to bunkers, and even to nuclear fallout shelters, Camden's engineers have thought about every possible scenario and provided the consumer with an affordable solution.
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"We have the top engineers working for us, the best EMP engineers in the nation," Camden told WND.
"Our focus is on balanced survivability, and our engineers don't leave any client with an Achilles heal," he said.
He told WND that his most popular item for those choosing survival over chaos is a six-person, fortified bunker, typically buried in a homeowners' back yard.
The bunkers run about $40,000 and can make the difference in surviving or not after disaster strikes. The units can be equipped with air filtration, running water, oxygen regeneration and more.
Although the needs and concerns of people are as varied as the population, Camden says his company can offer anyone a solution.
"Our engineers assess each clients concerns and customize bunkers to accommodate them," Camden said.
The company explains: "Hardened Structures is a Construction Program Management firm specializing in the confidential planning, design and covert construction of fortified homes, bomb shelters, underground shelters and homes with underground bunkers, survival shelters, 2012 shelters, bunkers and hardened military facilities.
"These facilities are designed for sustainability with independent sources of power and water and incorporate numerous defensive and offensive capabilities. They can serve as a primary dwelling, vacation home, corporate retreat, long term shelter or expanded multi-function compound."
In other words, whatever the disaster, Hardened Structures, is capable of preparing its customers for it.
A 2011 CNN report featured Camden's company in a segment titled "Business is Booming in Bomb Shelters."
As disaster scenarios go, even NBC has capitalized on the fears held by many, the complete breakdown of society, through its new hit series, "Revolution." The show portrays a world dealing with the complete loss of electricity.
"Revolution" takes place 15 years after some unnamed event caused power grids around the world to go dark. It features a society dominated by armed militias and a resistance movement, which keenly survives in the wild.
The popularity of a show like "Revolution" may lie in the fact that the events it portrays could really happen.
Camden told WND that the threat he sees as imminent is a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse caused by solar flares.
"That disaster is coming," he said.
"Our company is fortifying some systems, but more needs to happen."
He said that in the event of a direct hit on the U.S. power grid, experts predict the loss of electricity for anywhere from five months to five years.
"We'll be back to the 19th century," he said. "Drinking water from municipal towers will be gone within 48 hours, food gone in six days, after that the food riots begin," he says.
Just today, WND reported that the federal government seems to be waking up to the threat of an EMP on the U.S. power grid.
It is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that has begun taking steps to protect the nation's power grid from at least the natural version of an EMP by proposing new regulation standards addressing the impacts of a geomagnetic disturbance.
With world events pointing to bigger and harsher social, political or even natural upheaval each passing day, it shouldn't surprise world leaders that people are taking notice and beginning to prepare themselves for the worst.
Some particularly ominous headlines of late portray the global economy on the brink of collapse, neighbors of Syria preparing for war, Russia flexing its nuclear muscle, Egypt, Hamas and Hezbollah all looking at Israel with increasing hostility, and perhaps the most troubling news of all, a nuclear Iran.
While there is much talk between world political leaders surrounding the implication of an Iran with nuclear weapons, little is mentioned about the declared intentions of the current Iranian leadership, to wipe the little Satan (Israel) and the great Satan (America) from the face of the earth.
This is a view held by "Twelvers," Shiite Muslims who believe an Islamic messiah will return to earth after a cataclysmic event.
As WND has reported, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and its supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, believe that the coming of the Islamic messiah, the mahdi, is near and that Iran is called upon to hasten his arrival.
Camden's company is focused on giving people a chance at survival for just about any contingency.
"We help the customer to protect assets and the No. 1 asset most people have is their family," Camden said.
While a number of companies have jumped on the survivor bandwagon in recent years, Hardened Structures says it is the one company that can provide not only peace of mind but the ability to survive just about any disaster.
Around the world, governments and citizens have prepared for disasters for years. As threats have evolved, so have the methods to mitigate them.
A large majority of Israelis have access to bomb shelters and gas masks, as they are faced with threats such as frequent barrage of rockets from Palestinian jihadists and an Iran intent on building a nuclear bomb.
The Swiss are reported to have enough nuclear fallout shelters for their entire population. Swiss civil protection laws require "every inhabitant to have access to a protected place that can be quickly reached from his place of residence."
For that reason, most Swiss structures contain some sort of fallout shelter.
Now dismantled, one of the largest-ever civil protection projects worldwide was in Switzerland, the Sonnenberg tunnel in Lucerne, which could house 20,000 citizens in time of need
A number of other countries have similar endeavors to protect its citizens but none on the scale of Switzerland.
That may change as world events develop.