18 photos of families across America prepping for the apocalypse

An increasing number of Americans, ranging from Silicon Valley billionaires to Trump-fearing liberals, are preparing for doomsday.

For some, self-reliance is a philosophy for everyday life. They grow their own food, fortify their homes against attack, and learn firearm safety. It's about providing their families with a level of assurance that they can withstand whatever catastrophe comes their way, whether it's nuclear war, a viral epidemic, or a zombie apocalypse.

In 2012, Reuters photographers set out to capture the daily lives of several US families who consider themselves doomsday preppers. Take a look inside their homes.

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How families across America are preparing for the apocalypse
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How families across America are preparing for the apocalypse
Jeff Nice empties his boot of dried corn at his farm in Kinston, North Carolina December 14, 2012. Preppers Jeff and Jeanie Nice live on a 13 acre farm where they raise beef, chicken, turkey and can vegetables from their garden. After completion of a government contact working in computers Jeff has spent most of his time on the farm tending to the livestock and general chores such as planting grass or keeping his equipment in working order. On the farm is a 200 yard rifle range where Jeff teaches hunter education and gun safety. Picture taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY AGRICULTURE)
Jeff Nice repairs a tractor disk at his farm in Kinston, North Carolina December 14, 2012. Preppers Jeff and Jeanie Nice live on a 13 acre farm where they raise beef, chicken, turkey and can vegetables from their garden. After completion of a government contact working in computers Jeff has spent most of his time on the farm tending to the livestock and general chores such as planting grass or keeping his equipment in working order. On the farm is a 200 yard rifle range where Jeff teaches hunter education and gun safety. Picture taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY AGRICULTURE)
A pen rests on a notepad with a list of chores at the Nice family farm in Kinston, North Carolina December 14, 2012. Preppers Jeff and Jeanie Nice live on a 13 acre farm where they raise beef, chicken, turkey and can vegetables from their garden. After completion of a government contact working in computers Jeff has spent most of his time on the farm tending to the livestock and general chores such as planting grass or keeping his equipment in working order. On the farm is a 200 yard rifle range where Jeff teaches hunter education and gun safety. Picture taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY AGRICULTURE)
Jeanie Nice trims excess meat off a cooked chicken to be used in soup in her kitchen in Kinston, North Carolina December 14, 2012. Preppers Jeff and Jeanie Nice live on a 13 acre farm where they raise beef, chicken, turkey and can vegetables from their garden. After completion of a government contact working in computers Jeff has spent most of his time on the farm tending to the livestock and general chores such as planting grass or keeping his equipment in working order. On the farm is a 200 yard rifle range where Jeff teaches hunter education and gun safety. Picture taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS FOOD)
Jeff Nice tends to his honey bees on his farm in Kinston, North Carolina December 14, 2012. Preppers Jeff and Jeanie Nice live on a 13 acre farm where they raise beef, chicken, turkey and can vegetables from their garden. After completion of a government contact working in computers Jeff has spent most of his time on the farm tending to the livestock and general chores such as planting grass or keeping his equipment in working order. On the farm is a 200 yard rifle range where Jeff teaches hunter education and gun safety. Picture taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS FOOD)
Chickens are seen in one of two freezers at the Nice family farm in Kinston, North Carolina December 14, 2012. Preppers Jeff and Jeanie Nice live on a 13 acre farm where they raise beef, chicken, turkey and can vegetables from their garden. After completion of a government contact working in computers Jeff has spent most of his time on the farm tending to the livestock and general chores such as planting grass or keeping his equipment in working order. On the farm is a 200 yard rifle range where Jeff teaches hunter education and gun safety. Picture taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS FOOD)
Jeanie Nice and her husband Jeff Nice carry parts for a shelving unit into their barn on their farm in Kinston, North Carolina December 14, 2012. Preppers Jeff and Jeanie Nice live on a 13 acre farm where they raise beef, chicken, turkey and can vegetables from their garden. After completion of a government contact working in computers Jeff has spent most of his time on the farm tending to the livestock and general chores such as planting grass or keeping his equipment in working order. On the farm is a 200 yard rifle range where Jeff teaches hunter education and gun safety. Picture taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY AGRICULTURE)
Phil Burns pulls a gun from his backpack full of survival supplies at his home in American Fork, Utah, December 14, 2012. While most "preppers" discount the Mayan calendar prophecy, many are preparing to be self-sufficient for threats like nuclear war, natural disaster, famine and economic collapse. Picture taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
Phil Burns, a firearms instructor, holds a handgun that he carries as part of his survival supplies at his home in American Fork, Utah, December 14, 2012. While most "preppers" discount the Mayan calendar prophecy many are preparing to be self-sufficient for threats like nuclear war, natural disaster, famine and economic collapse. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
Phil Burns demonstrates the air purifying SCape Mask at his home in American Fork, Utah, December 14, 2012. While most "preppers" discount the Mayan calendar prophecy, many are preparing to be self-sufficient for threats like nuclear war, natural disaster, famine and economic collapse. Picture taken December 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
Hugh Vail inventories his food storage at his home in Bountiful, Utah, December 10, 2012. While most "preppers" discount the Mayan calendar prophecy, many are preparing to be self-sufficient for threats like nuclear war, natural disaster, famine and economic collapse. Picture taken December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD)
Hugh Vail cuts firewood at his home in Bountiful, Utah, December 10, 2012. While most "preppers" discount the Mayan calendar prophecy, many are preparing to be self-sufficient for threats like nuclear war, natural disaster, famine and economic collapse. Picture taken December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
Mike Holland looks over as a chicken is run through the plucker after being slaughtered at the Holland family property in Warrenton, North Carolina December 13, 2012. Prepper Mike Holland lives with his wife, four children and three other men on their 13 acre property where they raise, chickens, turkey, goat and a cow for milk. In addition to livestock they also have a greenhouse and a few trailers that house food storage including multiple freezers. Outside of food preparations Holland has ammunition and firearms, a safe room, security cameras and a military grade generator for power. Picture taken December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS FOOD)
James Grant cuts a chicken's neck as he helps in the slaughter at the Holland family property in Warrenton, North Carolina December 13, 2012. Prepper Mike Holland lives with his wife, four children and three other men on their 13 acre property where they raise, chickens, turkey, goat and a cow for milk. In addition to livestock they also have a greenhouse and a few trailers that house food storage including multiple freezers. Outside of food preparations Holland has ammunition and firearms, a safe room, security cameras and a military grade generator for power.Picture taken December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS FOOD)
Mike Holland reviews his stock of dry food storage in a trailer at the Holland family property in Warrenton, North Carolina December 13, 2012. Prepper Mike Holland lives with his wife, four children and three other men on their 13 acre property where they raise, chickens, turkey, goat and a cow for milk. In addition to livestock they also have a greenhouse and a few trailers that house food storage including multiple freezers. Outside of food preparations Holland has ammunition and firearms, a safe room, security cameras and a military grade generator for power. Picture taken December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES)
Noah Holland reads a book in the living room of his family's home at the Holland family property in Warrenton, North Carolina December 13, 2012. Prepper Mike Holland lives with his wife, four children and three other men on their 13 acre property where they raise, chickens, turkey, goat and a cow for milk. In addition to livestock they also have a greenhouse and a few trailers that house food storage including multiple freezers. Outside of food preparations Holland has ammunition and firearms, a safe room, security cameras and a military grade generator for power. Picture taken December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY)
James Blair cleans chickens at the Holland family property in Warrenton, North Carolina December 13, 2012. Prepper Mike Holland lives with his wife, four children and three other men on their 13 acre property where they raise, chickens, turkey, goat and a cow for milk. In addition to livestock they also have a greenhouse and a few trailers that house food storage including multiple freezers. Outside of food preparations Holland has ammunition and firearms, a safe room, security cameras and a military grade generator for power. Picture taken December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS FOOD)
A knife is covered with blood and a few feathers while it is used to slaughter chickens at the Holland family property in Warrenton, North Carolina December 13, 2012. Prepper Mike Holland lives with his wife, four children and three other men on their 13 acre property where they raise, chickens, turkey, goat and a cow for milk. In addition to livestock they also have a greenhouse and a few trailers that house food storage including multiple freezers. Outside of food preparations Holland has ammunition and firearms, a safe room, security cameras and a military grade generator for power. Picture taken December 13, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
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