Apocalypse Prep: Put On Your Gas Masks, Kids!

Arizona family prepares for the end of the world Dec. 21, 2012.

ByABC News
August 19, 2011, 3:19 PM

Aug. 22,2011— -- Dennis McClung is like a Boy Scout on steroids preparing for the end of the world, which he predicts will happen Dec. 21, 2012.

After working a decade at Home Depot, the 31-year-old Mesa, Ariz., handyman can build just about anything. And now he has engaged his 25-year-old wife, Danielle, and their two young children in getting ready for the apocalypse.

The children, ages 3 and 5, make a game of putting on their gas masks and protective clothing in preparation for whatever natural or man-made disaster might strike.

"My son likes to put on the big nose mask, and my daughter likes to wear her elephant mask," McClung told ABCNews.com.

"I am sure there are a lot of people out there who think I am crazy, but they don't say it to my face," he said.

McClung, who hosted the first survivalist convention in Arizona, is not the only one preparing for the end.

He joins hundreds of other Americans who stock canned goods, buy gas masks, build bomb shelters and even hoard alcohol, just in case they have to barter their way out of a disaster like an economic melt down.

"I don't see us as fear mongers or even negative people," he said in an upcoming TLC special. "I think we are actually very optimistic people. We're just preparing for the worse-case scenario and hoping for the best."

Though these Americans may seem like eccentric hoarders, some have engendered goodwill among their neighbors and created a sense of "we are in this together."

Close-ups of these families can be seen in a one-hour special, "Livin' for the Apocalypse," which airs Sunday, Aug. 28, at 10 p.m. They are the ones who are taking the doomsday predictions seriously and preparing accordingly.

From rabbit-raising to meat-canning, no measure is too over-the-top when it comes to preparing for survival should the unthinkable happen: a Christian apocalypse, economic chaos, earthquake and tornadoes -- or even an alien invasion or meteor attack.