SEVEN HILLS, Ohio — The countdown is on and in less than a month, on December 21st, many people believe that the world will come to an end when the Mayan long count calendar ends.
“The Mayan calendar was developed by the Mayans as a way to keep track of things,” said Astronomer Gary Kader, Director BWU Burrell Observatory.
Professor Kader says the Mayans carefully studied the sky and accurately figured out the motions of the planets and the stars.
Kader says there are several ways people think the world will end starting with a giant asteroid striking the planet, or huge solar flares torching it.
People also think a rogue planet could strike earth, or the sun might align with the center of the galaxy, or the planet could simply flip on its axis reversing the North and South poles.
A recent Reuters Survey which interviewed people in 21 countries, including the United States, found that 1 in 7 people believe the world will end in their lifetime and 1 in 10 think it will occur in 2012.
“Society’s fragile, something’s gonna happen,” said Tom Laskowski.
Laskowski runs a survival training school in Seven Hills called Midwest Native Skills, and the December 21st doomsday date approaching business is booming.
“People have a concern about what may happen no one knows what’s actually gonna happen,” said Laskowski.
Laskowski says people need to stock pile enough food, and water to last 3 to 6 months.
They should also have a family plan so that everyone knows what to do and where to meet in a catastrophe.
And they need shelter and a means to make fire.
“Everyone has car insurance and fire insurance for their home hoping they never use it, but if you’re prepared you’re prepared for whatever disaster happens,” said Laskowski.
Some families like a man and his wife we’ll call Jim and Laura say being prepared is a way of life.
Jim said, “We’re in a time of changes, whether you look biblical or Native American prophecy or Mayan calendar they all say the same thing we’re in that time period now.”
Laura said, “Makes you feel more empowered as a mother I want to be someone my kids can look up too.”
Their family has all of the tools from flour grinders to a wood burning stove to survive in an electricity free world.
“We are prepared for any eventuality,” said Jim.
But will it end on Dec. 21?
Tom Laskowski doesn’t think so and neither does Gary Kader.
“Enjoy Christmas shopping. It’s going to be fun. The worlds not going to end on the 21st,” said Kader.
And as for the Armageddon predictions, Gary says even the worst solar flares would only cause problems for telecommunication’s equipment.
The sun aligning with the galaxy happens every year on the 21st, and it’s also normal for the poles to flip every 400,000 years.
Gary Kader says it’s also very unlikely an asteroid or rogue planet would strike Earth without all of the astronomers seeing and tracking it.
“People monitor those very carefully,” said Kader.
But if you’re still concerned “preppers” say having extra water, shelter, fire and food will not only give your family the gift of a peaceful holiday but also peace of mind.