End of world predictions, Mayan calendar bring boost in emergency shelter sales

a a a a
Share this story
Show Related Headlines
Related Articles
Shelter sales up as doomsday nears

Where will Ron Hubbard be on the day the Mayans predicted the world will end – 20 feet underground.

Whether you believe the ancient Mayans accurately predicted the end of the world or not, there's no hiding the fact that it has affected Hubbard.

Hubbard is an award-winning designer and steel fabricator and has been building survival shelters since 1981. His California-based business, Atlas Survival Shelters, has been building safe havens from natural disasters, wartime threats and etc. for about that long. Business has been good – he normally sells one or two shelters a month.

But, as time has closed in on the Mayan December 21, 2012 doomsday , the sale of his shelters designed to protect families in the most extreme and unimaginable situations has exploded.

"We've gone from one a month to one a day," Hubbard says. "I sold four on Friday."

Hubbard says business began to boom as discussions by Congress on the threat of Iran were publicized. He says he has had customers from all walks of life, including politicians and government officials.

Among those, he says, are astrophysicists that say there will be a solar storm that corresponds to the December 21 doomsday date.

"I don't have an opinion on the Mayan calendar," Hubbard says. "But, when astrophysicists come to me, buy my shelters and tell me to be prepared for solar flares, radiation, EMPs… I'm going underground on the 19th and coming out on the 23rd. It's just in case anybody's right."

Hubbard's bomb-resistant shelters have gotten plenty of publicity in recent months. He touts the structures for being able to sit a safe 20 feet below the surface of the ground. The structures have the amenities of homes but also include escape tunnels and decontamination rooms.

"People really like how I design my shelter," he says.

Hubbard is now doing as many news interviews as he is selling shelters. He's been on National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers, and says he has things lined up with television stations in several countries, including Brazil and Mexico.

As far as specifics on who has bought his shelters, he says he doesn't keep a paper trail in attempt to protect the privacy of his customers.

To see pictures of the shelter, click here.

Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More Mayan Prophecy
Maya heartland greets dawn of new era
Maya heartland greets dawn of new era

At the ruins of the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza, thousands chanted, danced and otherwise frolicked around ceremonial fires and…

New Agers hope Dec. 21 brings new era
New Agers hope Dec. 21 brings new era

Doomsday hour is here, at least in much of the world, and so still are we.

6 tips to weather financial apocalypse
6 tips to weather financial apocalypse

The Mayan calendar is supposed to end next week and that has led some to believe we're on a countdown to a global apocalypse.

NASA video slams doomsday theories
NASA video slams doomsday theories

NASA decided to fight the talk of the apocalypse in a video it posted, offering rational solutions for several doomsday theories.

Party planning for the end of the world
Party planning for the end of the world

If the end is coming, why not go out with a bang?

End of world REALLY this December?
End of world REALLY this December?

Many people believe December 21, 2012 to be the date of the apocalypse. Could this be the end of the world as we know it?

End of the world? How about a party?
End of the world? How about a party?

For some, it's Judgment Day. For others, it's party time. A loosely organized Christian movement has spread the word around the globe that…

Scientists now know when galaxy will end
Scientists now know when galaxy will end

Our Milky Way galaxy is an anomaly in more ways than one. And now, NASA scientists say they know exactly when it will come to an end.

Hotels ready for the end of the world
Hotels ready for the end of the world

If you believe the Mayas, the end of the world is near.

Mayan Calendar: 7 'end of world' movies
Mayan Calendar: 7 'end of world' movies

Mayan prophecy points to the end of the world happening on December 21st. The idea of the end of the world has lead to several movies. …