If you’re a Doomsday Prepper fan then today is your lucky day. I was contacted by National Geographic (click here for their prepper site) and informed that season 2 is getting ready to air tonight (Tuesday, November 13, 2012.)
They sent me a couple of episodes to preview. Ya’ll probably know I’m not a big fan of television, but I know the show has some followers in the prepper community, so I gritted my teeth and checked it out.
What did I think?
Actually, not too awful bad. Where to start? Well, in the first episode they feature a musician named Big Al, who is preparing for a Russian nuke attack, a family preparing for a smallpox terrorist biological attack, and a fifteen year old kid that believes that the economy is going to collapse rendering civilization obsolete. (The family fearing the smallpox attack was my personal favorite.)
It was entertaining and even educational for those who haven’t been prepping for too long. My only beef with these scenarios is that each prepper is only prepping for One Big Event. Economic collapse, Russian nuke strike, etc. Most preppers I know prep for lots of different reasons or no specific reason at all – we just know it’s a big bad world with lots of variables and it makes sense to be as ready as we can for just about anything that happens.
Ryan over at Total Survivalist Libertarian Rantfest made an interesting observation on his blog awhile back. That is that there are preppers out there who are seriously overweight that are prepping like there’s no tomorrow, but if they had to bug-out to their location on foot would they be able to make it? Big Al has a long journey in front of him, but even if he only had to go twenty miles he’d still be in trouble if he had to do it on foot. How do people plan for being out of shape? I’d be curious on your thoughts about this.
Anyway, having said all that it was interesting to watch others prep and to see what lengths they’ll go to to get ready for whatever it is they’re prepping for. I’ve got to say some of these guys are all in when it comes to their plans. In some cases it’s almost painful to watch the steps they go through, but one guy in the second video sums it up nicely and I paraphrase, “People might think we’re crazy, but if everything goes south who are they going to turn to?” That’s a terrific point.
My older daughter was over the other day and I was hooking her up with a bug-out bag for some hiking she’s been doing lately and she looked around my basement and said, “Wow. You’re ready for the Apocalypse aren’t you?”
Man, I’m not even close, but she knows that she can come over when things get rough and I have a spot for her and that’s what she’ll remember.
Anyway, if you’re a fan of Doomsday Preppers go ahead and tune in. Let me know what you think of it.
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