Source: Business Insider
Demand for survival gear is spiking in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and other global emergencies. A growing number of consumers in the US are shelling out thousands of dollars on gas masks, hazmat suits, and even underground bunkers. Here are some of the things people are spending their money on to prepare for doomsday scenarios. View more episodes of Business Insider Weekly on Facebook. This story is based on an episode of Business Insider Weekly. Watch the full episode here . Demand for survival gear is surging following the spread of the coronavirus and other global developments. In the United States, a growing number of consumers are buying gas masks, hazmat suits, and even $20,000 underground bunkers to prepare for doomsday scenarios. And for the companies that cater to survivalists, 2020 has been a record year so far. In January alone, three main events have fueled the demand for gear: the outbreak of the coronavirus, a rash of devastating bushfires in Australia, and the US government’s assassination of Iranian military leader Qasem Soleimani.