Episode 3 of Doomsday Preppers had an interesting twist to it…NGC said that they’d examined cultures from around the globe and that Doomsday Preppers was a part of their “ongoing look at American outliers.”
Outliers? Really? I guess it’s crazy, in hurricane country to prepare for hurricanes, in blizzard country to prepare for blizzards, in a country with $16 TRILLION of debt and leaders bent on the death of the dollar to prepare for economic trouble, and for people who get power from an over-extended and over-regulated electrical grid to prepare for power outages. Geese Louise.
On a positive note, evidently episodes 1 and 2 went well enough that they’re doing a season 2…I got contacted today again about being on it. This means that preparedness is going to get MORE exposure and that hopefully more people will get prepared as a result.
In this episode, they interview 4 preppers. The first is Tim Ralston from a suburb outside of Phoenix. He’s got a wife and 3 kids, which is somewhat unusual for the families so far. His main concern is an electromagnetic pulse.
Tim has done a great job of identifying needs that preppers have and creating products to satisfy them.
One of their latest tools is a crovel…combination shovel, machete, saw, pry bar, stool, bottle opener, and more.
Tim and his team decided to buy 3 shipping containers to bury underground to use as a shelter. When shopping for the containers, Tim asked about having 6-8 feet of dirt on top of it. There’s a serious problem with that. Shipping containers are designed to be stacked multiple containers high, weighing several tons apiece, but they’re designed to handle weight at the corners and on the edges…not distributed across the roof like it would be with dirt.
Tim’s family “goes on vacation” and practices bugging out every couple of weeks.
Interestingly enough, National Geographic Channel pointed out that 20% of Americans have planned an escape route to leave their neighborhoods or towns.
Once Tim and his boys get to their location, they practice survival skills, including tactical training. Tim had a severe negligent discharge when his thumb was in front of the barrel, which caused him to go into shock and required medical intervention.
Fortunately, there was an EMT there to take care of him and Tim simply “cowboyed up” recovered, and kept his forward progress on preparing.
I reached out to Tim tonight, as I have with a couple of other participants from the show, and look forward to hearing back about his thoughts on the series and preparedness in general.
The second prepper is Jason Charles, a married NYC firefighter. Jason’s disaster of choice is the Yellowstone super volcano. What many people don’t realize is that Yellowstone National Park sits on a volcano who’s mouth is roughly (from memory) 50 miles in diameter.
I’ve had the pleasure of getting to interact with Jason a couple of times over the years and I’ve been impressed with him each time. As impressed as I’ve been in the past, I thought he did a great job of representing preppers on the show.
Jason has an issue that many in the US don’t have with not being able to have firearms in NYC. As a result, he has several knives of various sources and trains with a local Krav Maga instructor on knife fighting.
Another National Geographic statistic is that 25% of Americans have done nothing to prepare for disasters.
Jason’s plan is to survive in place in the event of a super volcano, he has crushed glass to put outside of his door, he has tape and plastic ready to seal off doors windows, and other openings, a water BOB to store water in his bathtub, and MREs for food storage in their compact apartment.
Jason has a storage unit 4 blocks from home that has an additional year of food. He has an air tank that gives him 45 minutes to get to the storage unit and back, and radios to communicate back to his family while he’s making the trip.
Jason’s love for his family is incredibly evident. He’s in a VERY rough situation in his apartment and has decided to relocate, if possible. Jason is also meeting more preppers and forming a team…a truly tough process.
Jules Dervaes lives in Pasadena California and lives with his 3 adult children on an urban homestead…much like children lived on the same homestead as their parents in Europe and early America.
Jules is concerned that genetically modified crops are forcing insects to evolve/mutate in an attempt to survive. This evolution/mutation is creating super-insects that are developing resistance to the defense mechanisms of genetically modified corn, putting the US at risk of severe food shortages.
Jules has been around for awhile…most notably to me from the 2008 “Homegrown Revolution” movie about their urban family farm.
Their farm is a full time job for them, but it also provides hundreds of pounds of produce to sell and feeds them for roughly $2 per person, per day with high quality fresh, organic produce.
Jules has decided that the best way to prepare to live without electricity, fuel, and other grid resources after a disaster is to live without them as much as possible now. The difference between Jules and many people is that he doesn’t consider living without these resources as a sacrifice in lifestyle.
Jules drives an older diesel Mercedes and swaps veggies for used fry oil at restaurants. Once they get home, they are able to turn this fry oil into bio-diesel that they run their car on at an 80% savings over filling up at the pump.
The Dervaes also have goats, ducks, and chickens for milk, eggs, and protein.
Pat and Lynette Brabble is the next prepper from North Carolina who’s preparing for hyper-inflation. He’s been prepping for 2 years and spends $700-$800 per month on his preparations.
They estimate that they’ve spent roughly $10,000 on food over the last 2 years to prepare for his family, extended family, and friends.
They make an unfortunate mistake of showing their “secret” supply room to the National Geographic film crew. The more they showed this room, the more sad I got that they let the film crew show the country their room. It WAS a beautiful setup that, unfortunately, thousands of people know about now.
I shot Pat an email tonight, but I would put money on the fact that Pat didn’t intend for the NGC crew to film as much as they did.
In any case, what did you think of episode 3? It’s easy to pick apart mistakes on TV when you’re watching from your couch, but what did you see that inspired you? What did you see that is causing you to take immediate action?
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God Bless & stay safe,