Joseph Badame at a food-truck fundraiser on Sept. 29, in Medford, N.J. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Joseph Badame was a lonely man, still grieving his wife’s death.
And then he lost everything.
Buried in debt because of eight years of medical bills and lost income, he could not prevent banks from foreclosing on his custom-built New Jersey home — an 8,500-square-foot fortress with separate living quarters for multiple families, plus a massive basement equipped with bunk beds, propane- and kerosene-powered refrigerators, laundry facilities and showers.
The basement also included a fallout shelter.
Badame and his wife, Phyliss, were survivalists who stocked up on everything: dry food, generators, fuel, survival books, thousands of rolls of toilet paper — all to keep them alive in the event of a disaster or some other crisis.
But Phyliss, who came up with the idea of prepping, is now gone. Other family members never really supported the endeavor, and there aren’t …