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Homeowner prepared for disaster -- whenever it comes

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Robert Dorsey doesn't know when the end of the world will happen -- in a month, 10 years, a thousand years.

But as member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he is certain that it will happen. And if it's in his lifetime, he will be ready.

One of his main goals in building his new house was to be prepared to survive a disaster.

He has a gas generator to power the house in case of a power outage. But he said, "A generator is a luxury. You can burn a candle for light, or you don't have to have it."

To survive, however, a person does need heat, food and water.

For heat, he has the wood-burning insert in the living room, and a plentiful source of wood from his Lincoln County farm.

For water, there's a 1,100-gallon tank in the basement that he tries to keep full. "Everyone should always have at least a 5-gallon tank of water in their house," he said.

And he's working on storing a year's supply of food. He pointed to big plastic buckets that contain rice, wheat and beans. "Vacuum-sealed in those containers, beans will last 100 years," he said.


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