Jason Charles, a 39-year-old firefighter who lives in Manhattan, started prepping in 2010 after he read William Forstchen’s “One Second After.” Set in post-apocalyptic North Carolina, the book chronicles a man’s efforts to keep his family alive.
Charles immediately started amassing thousands of dollars worth of supplies — from canned goods to knives to first-aid kits — and wilderness skills, so he would be ready if a disaster hit the city.
“There was one part [in the book] when he says, ‘I should have gotten more. I should have gotten more food,’ and it got me thinking, I never want that to happen to my kids,” Charles, who has a wife and three kids, tells Business Insider.
Two years later, he became the president of the New York City Preppers Network, the local chapter of a national organisation that promotes self-reliance in case a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or other unforeseen catastrophe strikes.
Charles took us inside his Harlem apartment and storage unit, where he keeps his gear.