My Unconventional Life: New Yorker prepares for Doomsday

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As a first responder during the September 11th attacks, Jason Charles learned the importance of being able to adapt in any kind of disaster.

For nine years, Charles has been preparing for the “end of the world” by collecting and storing supplies for an impending disaster. As a “prepper,” that means the New Yorker has been gathering food, medical supplies and rafts over the past year and reading up on survival skills. Charles has passed on the skills he’s learned as a first responder and as a “prepper” to his own children. 

“I keep it fun,” Charles told AOL Lifestyle. “I don’t make it military restricted… but this is the norm for them.” From finding shelter to building a fire, Charles has a plan in place in case disaster strikes. See more of Charles’ life as a prepper in the video above.

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Coleman Dome Tent with Easy Setup, $44.97 (for a two-person tent)


Coleman Glass Stove, $43.88

Takeya Stainless Steel Water Bottle, $29.54

Hi-Tec Ridge Hiking Boot, $42.97

Coleman Brazos 30-Degree Sleeping Bag, $26.99

Marshmallow Roasting Sticks, $15.97

Canada Goose Beanie, $175

Flashlight, $19.99

10-Piece Utensil Set, $25.99

Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival, $13.04


Portable Solar Panel, $79.95

All Purpose First Aid Kit, $13.49

Lululemon Scuba Hoodie Fleece, $118

Backcountry All Around 105L Duffel, $139.95 


Portable Air Conditioner, $35.99

Solar Camping Shower, $5.75

17-Piece Camping Cookware Mess Kit, $24.99

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