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Surge of internet searches about nuclear attacks, Michiana prepares

MISHAWAKA, Ind. -- The growing tensions in North Korea are causing concern across the world.  ABC57 is determined to answer the burning question: should you prepare for the unthinkable? 

It's been more than 50 years since the well-known "Duck and Cover" PSA came out. 

The catchy song and video, urging people to take cover in case of a nuclear attack.

But recent tensions have people worried once again.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security even released guidelines of what to do in the event of an attack. 

Google Trends shows that the number one search topic is about North Korea. 

"What to do if there is a nuclear attack?" is one of the most asked questions.

Is this fear hitting Michiana?

"We do see a lot of people talking about it at the counter. What to do if North Korea attacks," explains John Westbrook. "I would say about 10-12 people a week maybe."

Westbrook owns The Bunker, a Mishawaka survivalist and army surplus store. 

"We have military surplus, survival tactical gear, backpacks, MREs and stuff like that. They're very popular items," he adds.

He says he's even ordering more supplies and is ready for people to start coming in.

Westbrook says people still come in for 1950s-era gas masks, just in case.

One came into the store Sunday, and he expects it will be gone by the end of the week.

Westbrook doesn't think anything will end up happening, but says it's always better to be safe than sorry.

"It'll be fine. I think so, but I guess you never know," he explains. "Be prepared for sure. Water, supplies. It doesn't hurt to be prepared."

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