Increased tensions with North Korea have some preparing for Doomsday
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) -- As tensions rise between the United States and North Korea, and the war of words continues, some people say they're getting fearful of those threats turning to actions.
Matt Jones specializes in preparation as the owner of Omega Survival Supply in Dayton. He said he’s seeing people coming in for certain items in the wake of nuclear threats from North Korea.
“You can't really wait until something happens to run out and try to take care of it because everyone is going to try to do the same thing, “Jones said, “We've had a few people come in for protective suits and clothing, and a few for gas masks.”
Jones says potassium iodide pills can block some potential radiation by swelling the thyroid, and he sells another device that can tell if radiation is nearby.
“You can hear it click, it's time for you to move out,” Jones said.
People in the Miami Valley say they are staying put.
“I'm trying not to worry about it, but it's hard not to,” Rusty Paquay said.
“If something were to happen I feel as if we would be prepared,” Christy Schmidt counters.
Military Steals and Surplus also gets their fair share of "Doomsday Preppers". Samantha Begley works there, and says the preppers have been getting ready for years. The company has seen no change in sales from the potential threat in North Korea.
“Most of them don't give me breakdowns of what they have exactly,” Begley said.
Just in case, Jones is still stocking the shelves with anything that can potentially keep radiation away.
“You got to keep it off your skin, you got to keep it out of your mouth, you got to keep it out of your lungs,” Jones said.
People just want to keep the threat out of their brain, and out of their headlines.