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Judgment Day 2011: Your End of the World Survival Guide

Harold Camping says the Rapture is coming May 21. Here’s what you need in case he’s right.

89-year-old California pastor Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio Worldwide, claims that the rapture is coming Saturday, May 21, 2011 and that the world will officially end Oct. 21, 2011.

Camping’s basing this on a complex ("made up") mathematical formula that even Will Hunting couldn’t solve. (Yes, I realize Hunting is a fictional character, but at this point, I’m not convinced Camping is real either.)

For some reason, perhaps a slow news cycle, respected media outlets are giving Camping’s prediction ample ink. I thought it was only appropriate for San Marino Patch to weigh in too and give San Marino residents a few helpful hints to make it through the weekend.

We’ll find out Saturday if Camping’s math adds up. And just in case he’s right, here are five Judgment Day necessities for the big day.

1. Toilet paper: Obviously. Stock up at a local grocery store.

2. Water: Another no-brainer. Hydration is a staple of any good Rapture gameplan.

3. Comfort food: If there was ever an occasion for comfort food, Doomsday is it. While canned tuna keeps well and packs a protein punch, why not mix it up and live it up? Stock up on baked goods and fine prepared eats like cupcakes, caramels, bars, meatloaf, quiche and much more at and . And why not pair your choices with some wine from ? You can have a Last Supper of sorts with your loved ones.

4. A companion: Having a furry friend around makes every day more delightful and the Rapture is no exception. Check out our Rescue Pets of the Week who are in need of good homes.

5. Guidance: All this talk about the end of the world may have you thinking about what certain faiths—not a rogue pastor—actually say about the Rapture. Check out these local San Marino places of worship if you’re curious.

Rev. Daniel W. Blair May 20, 2011 at 10:20 PM
I am very sad for those who have been following this lie that the rapture will occur on May 21st. Even if they attempt to explain away “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32), they cannot explain away that most every Christian, theologian, scholar, and prophet from the first Century until the Nineteenth Century all believed that the church would go through the Great Tribulation and not escape through some secret rapture that would leave the world paralyzed. I pray that they will take a moment and read my book, “Final Warning” because the hour of is His judgment has come. http://www.revelation-truth.org
Mark Pfeltz May 20, 2011 at 10:26 PM
I think anyone as powerful and wealthy as Camping should be taken with some real consideration. I think your article is basicaly a stupid wast of peoples time. You should realy think about what your going to write before y write it. If this guy is correct and nobody knows if he is or not, than atleast write about how to survive a earthquake. A earthquake is suppose to happen at 6pm on Saturday. And give some real survival tips like having food and water for three days.
Jessica Hamlin May 21, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Thank you for your comment, Mark. Since this is an opinion article--and a largely satirical one at that--it was not meant as a practical survival guide, though I believe all these things are important in general, and food, water and toilet paper are important in an emergency. Here is one of a few articles we have done about Neighborhood Watch and safety: http://patch.com/A-fd0L. We are also starting a "Safety Tip of the Week" feature next week so you can stay tuned for tips from the fire department on how to be safe and prepared in a variety of situations.
Bernard Azer May 25, 2011 at 06:52 PM
It is interesting to note that the Centers for Disease Control took a similar tongue in cheek approach to the Judgement Day scenario by posting a a blog on May 16th entitled "Social Media: Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse ." The link is here: http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp. Best regards to all.

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