Doomsday Preppers–It’s Back!

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.)

Click here for some video previews.Doomsday Preppers 2 Cover_Art Plain

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.

-Jarhead Survivor

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60 comments… add one

  • ValleyDeere November 13, 2012, 7:58 am

    I enjoyed the first season of Doomsday Preppers. I learned some good tips and I got some good laughs. It’s my understanding from what I read on another blog that the preppers on the show are asked to describe one thing they are prepping for even though they may not be prepping for anything specific.

    Also, they just had a family with six kids that will be on doomsday preppers live on Fox & Friends.

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    • Odd Questioner November 13, 2012, 12:06 pm

      Dunno… some folks go well beyond ‘all-in’, and I’ve noticed that many of them have some rather big, gaping holes in their plans.

      For instance, the dude in Utah with the monster diesel vehicle? Just begging to get that truck stolen when things only begin to get bad.

      The guy in California with his wife and daughter… that was a riot. First, he works at the VA, and he’s waving around prescriptions with labels that, err, the VA uses. Hope no one from the inspector general’s office was watching that episode. Second, he tosses his stuff in his open pickup truck bed, and no one is guarding it (least of all his petite wife and waif-like daughter) Umm, yeah, like that’s not going to get stolen. :/

      Dunno – it’s like a cavalcade of errors in there.

      Don’t get me wrong – there’s likely some massive holes in my own planning as well, but damn. Just… damn. I certainly wouldn’t go around on TV showing off and broadcasting my stash, yanno?

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      • irishdutchuncle November 14, 2012, 11:10 am

        …of course you did lay out almost your entire plan in the book. (unless it was a ploy to get us to all stampede in another direction)

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  • Robert November 13, 2012, 8:28 am

    My take is that the show is staged, like the rest of “reality” television. Still, some good info, even if they do play people as being crazy.

    ‘I’m overweight, new to “preping” in that I am finally doing more than having food, water, guns and such (gardening, making sure I have specific tools/supplies/skills. Part of my preping is getting back into a shape other than round.

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  • Dustin November 13, 2012, 8:37 am

    I enjoy the show, my brother in law is recording it tonight and all the upcoming episodes. They do portay these idividuals as preparing for only one event, but I remember reading an article about the show that stated these people prepare for more than just one event but for the purposes of the show they have them select just one to “make a statement about”. Also they, the producers, really didn’t like the idea of “I’m preparing for a tornado to roll through my town”, or “I’m preparing in the event I lost my job for an extended period of time”. I think we are all able to recognize there is a certain level of “theatre” to this show, but if it can strike a cord with individuals by addressing theorized scenarios it may help save someone. Plus it’s always nice to see someone on TV that’s “like me” for a change.

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  • irishdutchuncle November 13, 2012, 8:48 am

    yeh, we are seriously overweight here.

    the long walk is only the beginning of the challenge. combine all the normal aches and pains that come with age, with blisters and chafing.
    (we wouldn’t really need to eat for days)

    “prepare as you would for a winter storm” is still some of the best advice I’ve heard in all the years, before or since Y2K.

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    • irishdutchuncle November 13, 2012, 4:24 pm

      another point I was trying to make:
      you can go too light on bugout/get home, preps.

      Young and healthy people will still be in agony every step of the way if they get chafed or blistered. If your progress is stopped by weather, or injuries, and you didn’t bring the “right stuff” with you, your prospects aren’t too good.

      Your FAK needs lots of moleskin and ointment included. It would be very helpful to be able to make shelter, melt snow for water. (if you live where it’s cold) carry water and shade yourself if you’re in the desert.

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  • Paperclipknight November 13, 2012, 10:02 am

    Being from across the pond, where (in my experience) prepping is almost nonexistent, I find the show a very interesting look into prepping. First and foremost I do find that prepping for “one event” would be stupid and I would suspect they are told by National Geographic to only focus on one for the sakes of TV .

    In many ways it has made me think that I should start prepping and given some good ideas to start with…but I dot think I’ll be bragging about my preps on international television.

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  • johnboy November 13, 2012, 10:03 am

    I like watching the show for a couple of reasons. 1. Even if theyhave some eccentric folks on, you never know when they may have an idea or an item you never thought of. 2. I can use the show as a gateway to talk to other folks about prepping and not give away the fact that I do. And also I hope that the show will open up some peoples eyes.

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  • KYprepper November 13, 2012, 10:41 am

    On personal fitness – my wife and I have had this same discussion. I stay in pretty good shape due to my military reserve requirements. Since July she has really been working on her fitness and has completed 2 5k races (her first) in the last 2 weeks. We don’t “plan” on bugging out but you really have to plan for everything. Just the stress of a SHTF situation will wear hard on the physically unprepared.

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  • Ragnar November 13, 2012, 10:54 am

    I believe that Dustin is correct and they have to identify one threat. It makes them sound a little crazy instead of like Boy Scouts with guns.
    Fitness should be a key issue for preppers. People are fit for what they do and most of us do not have physically demanding jobs or lifestyles. I exercise daily. I could walk for hours without a break. Then I tried it with a medium backpack. I had to take a break after 40 minutes. I was fit for what I was doing not what I might need to do. I now carry a light pack when I walk and am adding weight to it gradually. Time is running short, up your fitness program now.

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  • Firecracker November 13, 2012, 12:15 pm

    I wish I could view these as opportunities to talk to others, but I usually find myself apologizing for the idiocy I see on shows like this. I have to explain that what is represented is not accurate for most people, but from the outside looking in, most people believe all “preppers” are this crazy.

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  • Jason November 13, 2012, 12:16 pm

    First off, I love that type of retro artwork on those shirts – it is funny on a couple of levels.

    Personally, I do not watch those types of shows because I think they are clueless because they never seem to take into account how people REALLY react to implosions. Initially if a sudden collapse happens (from anything) panic sets in due to the fight or flight which is innate. It is how we mentally prepared that will offset the energy loss & keep us on the path to survival.

    Shows that addresses the mental side only would be far more interest to me & is why I read books like the Seven Summits, Touching the Void & Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors because the only reason the people made it was their mental condition. The guys in Alive who hiked out to get help did so by climbing some sever mountains with minimal equipment.

    The rest of the commercially driven, mainstream stuff does little for me.

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  • Bob November 13, 2012, 12:25 pm

    First off, that shirt is hilarious.
    Also, I agree with the poster who said maybe we can at least get some good ideas from the show, things we hadn’t thought of.
    Finally, as long as you don’t have a long walk ahead of you, a layer of fat is good for a few thousand calories, right? And I’m only half joking there.

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    • irishdutchuncle November 13, 2012, 12:52 pm

      I prefer to think of it as “body core insulation”. Its stored caloric value is just an added benefit.

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      • Jason November 13, 2012, 2:14 pm

        A friend invited me to the beach & I declined saying that they have not outlawed whaling yet.

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        • irishdutchuncle November 13, 2012, 3:42 pm

          as long as you remain within the territorial waters of the U.S. you should be safe enough. (except from a couple species of sharks) avoid Japanese flagged vessels.

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          • Jason November 13, 2012, 4:20 pm

            That’s funny! Do you speak from experience? :-)

        • irishdutchuncle November 14, 2012, 10:40 am

          Aye, the word on the street is some guy named Ahab is out to get me.

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  • mountainspirit November 13, 2012, 1:02 pm

    I still haven’t seen the show, I don’t get the channel it comes on.
    I’m an avid prepper, and have had to put my skills to use several times over these last couple of years. Each time my husband always says oh thank God you prepped. He still hasn’t realized that subconciously he has become a prepper to lol.
    I had a friend tell me last week that he’s saved so he doesn’t need to prep for anything. It made me realize that some people no matter how much you explain it to them, just really don’t get it.

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    • watermain November 13, 2012, 3:14 pm

      I think you can watch full episodes on the natgeo channel.

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      • mountainspirit November 14, 2012, 3:50 pm

        I don’t get that channel either. :(

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  • steve November 13, 2012, 1:22 pm

    I’m new to the idea of prepping but have caught the bug in the last year. I enjoy reading all of your posts. that said, I recently watched the replays of season one and have to say that I did pick up a few pointers from watching. However, I don’t understand how these people, especially the single family units, just go out there and blow their OPSEC. I talk about the show with friends at work and all think that preppers are paranoids, so I tend to keep my mouth shut when it comes to saying I’m getting ready for whatever! You all keep up what you’re doing and thanks for the free education!

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  • ThatguyinCA November 13, 2012, 1:57 pm

    I actually like the show. Sure they have some crazy scenarios for which these people are prepping but that’s the entertainment factor. I know the show says to pick one but the one they pick is the one they most fear and the one they have the gear to deal with. For me it’s fun to see what people are fearful of and how they are prepping for it. It allows me to look at how they are doing objectively and gives me a different lense through which to view my own preps. I saw one where a couple was preparing for economic collapse. They were doing quite well actually with the exception they had a bunch of guns. I have no problem with having a bunch of guns but what’s the use of having 4 different calibers of handguns? I understand about options, etc. but that’s overkill when you are having to stock all that different ammo and having to become proficient with all those calibers (and expensive as you need to put rounds through the guns to become proficient). That was one episode where it made me assess what my firearm plan was and to simplify it.
    The show also made me aware of the threat of an EMP. Not that it’s my biggest fear but it opened my eyes to the potential (especially after reading the report of the commission created to assess it). Mainly, I’m a Ferfal type prepper (economic/not complete societal collapse). But that episode helped me to broaden my mindset (and preps).
    But for me, it’s like golfers who watch golf. I would never watch golf. I don’t play, watching it doesn’t “connect” with me. But I do prep, so this show connects with that part of me, even if it can be a little over the top sometimes.
    As for fitness, I’ve talked about it already. Whatever training you do, include heavybag work.

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    • watermain November 13, 2012, 3:03 pm

      Multiple caliber firearms may be an advantage if ammunition for a particular caliber becomes hard to find.

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      • ThatguyinCA November 13, 2012, 4:22 pm

        Yes I understand that but why stock amminition in that many calibers? Have the guns on hand, fine. And quite frankly, if you “find” ammunition in most scenarios where you would run out of the caliber you use, you usually have also gotten the gun for that ammunition.

        Stocking all those different types of ammo and the cost of becoming proficent with each caliber is wasteful. Sure, if you’re rich and can afford it then great, but it’s wasteful prepping to me. I’d rather have 5K rounds of whatever caliber I choose as my main one than 1,250 rounds of different calibers. Plus how many rounds need to go through the weapon before you are proficient with it.

        In addition, if you need to bug out (something I would only do if I had no choice), you can’t carry them all and you’ve already limited your ammunition to what you can carry (the other people in your group will have different calibers to go with whatever gun they have). If you all have the same caliber though you can interchange.

        Too many calibers is just not good logistics.

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  • Novice November 13, 2012, 2:17 pm

    I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life (I’m not making excuses, it’s because I eat to much and don’t exercise enough). Fortunately I’m the only one in my immediate family with “extra baggage”. I force myself to do most tasks manually so I can somewhat make up for driving a desk for a living. I push mow the lawn, till the garden by hand (with a hoe), shovel snow (with an actual shovel) but it is too inconsistent to count as a “workout routine”. I don’t plan on bugging out but I think if I had to do it I would manage okay. I wouldn’t be able to run the whole way but I think I could cover enough ground to make it out of danger.

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    • irishdutchuncle November 14, 2012, 11:37 am

      be careful with the snow shoveling.

      if you are not allergic to aspirin, keep a few with you. My doctor said to chew three tablets and wash them down with a drink of water, if I get heart attack symptoms.

      bicycling, or taking long walks provide their own rewards, but to get “fit” you have to push yourself once in a while.

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  • JL November 13, 2012, 2:52 pm

    I have been exercising more, Jarhead your last post about physical fitness really inspired me to work out more. I love the show, it’s actually what really spurred my prepping forward. But i remember that it’s TV. Things are cut into 10 minute blocks ,maybe 15.
    The Walking Dead has helped my husband understand way I prep. Do I believe in zombies -no. But it shows some dangerous situations people can find themselves in.

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  • watermain November 13, 2012, 2:56 pm

    I actually enjoy the show. I like to have a chance to see things from a way different perspective. I have picked up some good information as well like the Sawyer water purification system that removes viruses and the awesome E-tool that one of the people involved invented. I take a lot of it with a grain of salt, though. Walking out of Houston, alone, at night, female? Don’t like the chances of success in a grid down situation.

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  • Max in CS November 13, 2012, 3:58 pm

    I don’t understand why people don’t take health and fitness seriously when they prep. It’s pretty much free and it’s just as important as most of your other preps. Round is not a shape to be in, neither is pear.

    Not even taking it to extreme like some people (including me) but you should be able to walk for a few hours with your bug out/get home bag. It’s pointless to have one if you will die of a heart failure before you make it your house 10 miles away.

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    • Ragnar November 14, 2012, 11:38 am

      You are absolutely right. The only thing that a fitness program is guaranteed to cost is time. The health benefits are immediate and well worth that time. But shooting, stocking up, and reading blogs are easy and fun. Exercise, for most people, is work. So most people are OK with being out of shape. And when people do exercise, they often don’t have a balance. They do what they like. I do not intend to criticize anyone’s program but unbalanced exercise programs are sports not survival programs.

      As to anyone thinking that I don’t understand his or her particular circumstances, you’re right, I don’t. However, I am 60 years old, I work 50 hours a week, I walk because I cannot run due to a missing PCL and damaged cartilage from an accident, and I exercise for at least hour every day. Excuses just won’t cut it in a survival scenario.

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  • HDinOR November 13, 2012, 4:23 pm

    I watch the show and and agree you can not have just one reason to prep. The one thing the show did do was it got my wife a lot more interested in starting to prep. After each show she would ask questions and we would talk about what might happen.
    Bugging out is not an option for everyone. Being in early to mid fiftys and both with joint issues, bugging in is out plan.

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    • ThatguyinCA November 14, 2012, 12:08 pm

      Having joint issues does not mean you cannot have a bugout plan. Sometimes the choice is made FOR you. Prepping is about preparing for contingencies. Bugging out could be evacuating somewhere temporarily. Will your home/valuables be secure while you are gone. Do you have a 5 minute plan? Bugging out doesn’t mean the extreme sense that most people on sites use. You know the type, “I’m headin’ for dem dar hills over yonder.” Bugging out is just having an exit plan should the need arise. It should also include a re-entry plan. Because it’s a fact, when given a choice, buggin in is WAY better than buggin out.

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  • gat31 November 13, 2012, 5:41 pm

    well at my house my shape is round and l’m ok with that. l haven’t watched the show much but plan on looking it up after l post here. Any tips and tricks are always nice to have. But l also agree with why would they blow the OPSEC of what they do? Would have to be a LOT of money for me to consider that. My plan too is to bug in but do have a bug out plan as a back up if needed. l also agree with too many types of guns. Pick one, get good with it, and load up with ammo.

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  • gat31 November 13, 2012, 5:42 pm

    oh and maybe you guys could come up with yalls own t shirt l would get one :)

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  • Mechanic43 November 13, 2012, 7:58 pm

    I love the retro look on the shirt. :)
    I watch the show for 90% entertainment and 10% education. However I am not drinking my (or anyone elses) pee !

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    • Sgt Survivor November 14, 2012, 11:49 am

      Bear Grylls is shaking his head somewhere…

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  • ORRN on LI November 13, 2012, 11:06 pm

    Doomsday is definitely better than “Here comes honey BooBoo” for an evening of entertainment. Life is slowly returning to normal here on Long Island, my personal prepping focus, should nat geo call me, would be the lack of GAS!!!!!! I am fortunate enough to work 7.5 miles from home, I could hop on my bike and be there in 30 minutes. I would also hitch some kind of cart to it for shopping/gathering if needed. I really want to stay away from the generator reliance after seeing how quick fuel is an issue.I too use the Doomsday show to see what people out there at work/friends think of the whole prepper
    EOTWAWKI senarios. For now I’ll keep my prepping to myself, I suppose someday we will all be obvious to each other.

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  • JL in CA November 14, 2012, 1:43 am

    Found this show last season and started watching for entertainment mainly (can’t stomach the thought of Honey booboo gag). Also my BIL reminded me of our cabin in the event of a SHtF scenario so we started getting a little more serious. We decided its a Prepper Christmas for us. We watch the show & stop it periodically to talk about the various things the preppers are doing. I like how they often talk at the end of a show about how unlikely the events are (like small pox), but we are still putting together our prep kits, etc. my husband thought my idea to barter with alcohol was silly until he saw them buying it up tonight for the same reason. Unlike them I’m sure I’d break into the stash myself if the SHtF.

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  • JL in CA November 14, 2012, 2:06 am

    Oh and I agree wholeheartedly that staying in shape is paramount. We are marathoners so bugging out and having to walk 25+ miles would not be an issue, but I’m seriously considering some self defense classes since I’m pushing the later 40s.

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  • Joe (PreppingToSurvive) November 14, 2012, 8:16 am

    The best part about those shows is that it’s an opening to talk so someone about prepping. You can both agree that the prepper’s shown don’t represent most people who prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. Most are not out there on the fringe; most are “normal” or at least what should be considered normal.

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  • preppper November 14, 2012, 9:41 am

    the new preppers was awesome, my favorite was big al in his underground nuclear bugout

    and loved the doomsday preppers song he produced, want to find the mp3?

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  • TexasMushroom November 14, 2012, 9:57 am

    I watch it mainly to look for things I miss in my own preps. The gun debate will always rage on. I only need one gun for everything. Or guns are tools so I need one tool for each specific job. And so on and on and on. I pick up on something I’ve forgotten or never even thought about from most episodes. The one thing that bugs me is at the end of each segment when the experts poopoo whatever the people are prepping for even when they just said it was likely. I sympathize with the ones who’s spouses aren’t onboard with them.

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    • steve November 14, 2012, 11:00 am

      So does anyone know who this panel of EXPERTS! are? I agree that its always a bummer to watch someone who has invested a lot of time, energy and determination in order to accomplish a serious goal and then these EXPERTS, turn around and always find something wrong with with their preps. Now, this season they’ve actually put a time frame on how long they will survive! whatever happened to just a good ol’ atta boy!

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      • irishdutchuncle November 14, 2012, 12:08 pm

        you need to become your own expert. (not in any prideful way)

        we will all need to roll with some punches. I guess it’s better to learn how to now, while the gloves are still on. there are plenty of us out here providing second opinions. (the best “atta boy!” of them all is when you prove the “experts” wrong)

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  • Brandon November 14, 2012, 10:16 am

    I missed the first season because I don’t have cable or satelite. I heard plenty about the “idiots” from people in my office. They acted like prepping was idiotic and pointless. I just shrug it off and let them believe everything will be ok.

    I see people out on my town’s greenway trails (SW Missouri) from time to time with backpacking/bug out style packs jogging. It is inspiring to see others prepping even if they are just doing an adventure race or backpacking trip those skills will come in handy.

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  • SLHaynes November 14, 2012, 10:16 am

    Doomsday Preppers is a funny TV show. Also, I do cardio walking every morning except Sunday and I’m not fat. Four out of the six days I also wear a 40 lb. pack to add to everything and to condition myself to using a pack. Thanks for the blog and the really good information within.

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  • Sgt Survivor November 14, 2012, 12:01 pm

    Luckily for me, there are quite a few people that I work with who are onboard with prepping. During a recent deployment to Afghanistan, the morale drive was stocked with episodes of “Doomsday Preppers” and “Bear Grylls”. Now I understand that these shows are out there for entertainment value. Much like a lot of books I read on the subject of prepping, I don’t always find that my views and opinions line up exactly with those of the author, or in this case the show, but I am open minded enough to be able to find some use in something in just about every episode. I am glad to see that most of us on this forum are able to do the same.

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  • Egon November 14, 2012, 1:28 pm

    “…Werde ich jetzt von beiden Fanlagern kritisiert …” Na, geliebt und gehasst.

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    • Jason November 14, 2012, 2:37 pm

      Couldn’t agree more but who in the heck is Fanlagern?

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  • Preacher November 14, 2012, 9:50 pm

    I put on my facebook page that I had just watched two new episodes of Doomsday Preppers and that they were okay, but they made us look more like a bunch of wackos than last season. A fellow minister responded with “Us…Hmmm.” That’s pretty much how it goes. Many think I demonstrate a lack of faith by prepping. They say God will rescue His church before any harm comes to us. I say, “Yeah, cause that’s what He did for Jesus too…” I have a lot more to say about all that, but my final response to those who think I am crazy or faithless is, “You’d better be right. But, what if you’re not.” In Jesus’ day, the ones who had all the answers were the Pharisees who history proves were wrong and wound up crucifying the very One they were looking for, Messiah.
    So I guess it’s back to prepping for me.
    Can I get an “AMEN”?

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    • Bob November 15, 2012, 9:19 am

      Amen!
      I think that if you could sum Jesus’ ministry up into one thought, it’d be preparing as many people as possible for the future. Sure, it was their eternal future, but in order to minister to others, you have to get your own house in order.

      Either way, God doesn’t deal in fear, so if you don’t know which way to go, follow Peace. I, for one, feel peace about taking reasonable steps to prepare my family for circumstances that are otherwise beyond our control. Not only doesn’t it help me feel peace, but it’s my job as the head of my family as well.

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      • Bob November 15, 2012, 9:21 am

        Not only *DOES* it help me feel peace… of course. Typo.

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    • Jason November 15, 2012, 9:38 am

      Amen.

      There are plenty of scriptures that outright point to preparing & much allegory saying the same – how about Noah, 120 years of prepping on dry land. I have yet to find some scriptures that say we wait in a Holy huddle under the belief that a rapture will occur before calamity hits.

      These pick & choose scripture types who draw conclusions & create “the end is near” ministry, miss the beauty of the entire Bible which is a fully integrated message & complete life text book. Maybe you should send them Pilgrim’s Progress to read ….. :-)

      Sometimes people who are at the pulpit believe they do have the answers because …. well, they occupy the pulpit & have a congregation comprised of sheep with tin ears. Two wrongs certainly doesn’t make one minister right.

      Some are called by God & pick up & listen, others are called by God but think it’s just a recording.

      One of my favorite jokes is – if you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plan.

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  • White.Buffalo - Doug November 14, 2012, 10:35 pm

    To me it is incredible and amazing how the producers can stage such activities – there are more things in the show on ‘how not to prepare’ than are realistically shown towards ‘how to prepare’ and/or an ‘effective reality’ of being prepared …. at least those are my takes on the show.
    I really do believe when we all have to really prove how well prepared we really are we will see many-many of our neighbors experiencing the Sandy thing that is going on now – unprepared and suffering , an ineffective Red Cross, a useless FEMA bunch of paper-pencil folk and a constant banter from the media that the system is working and only a few folk are not being helped … !!!!
    My gosh – even the Occupy folk are being more effective than all the posh ones could ever imagine.

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  • Dustin November 15, 2012, 9:15 am

    So I watched the recording last night, did anyone see the guy with the twins living with him? When he was teaching shooting the narator stated “even (insert little girls name here) get trained how to shoot the .22″. Now I’m sure we all recognized it was obviously a Daisy BB gun, but what surprised me was the audio clip off a small caliber rifle firing when she squeezed the trigger, then when she moved the rifle into a port arms-esque position you could hear all the BBs rattle in the tube!

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    • Jason November 15, 2012, 10:55 am

      My gosh – that made me laugh out loud!

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  • Tony Rogers November 15, 2012, 5:03 pm

    I enjoy the show for its entertainment value, and every once in awhile I actually see some odd brilliant idea to use that someone else thought of.

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  • Molly Homemaker November 27, 2012, 2:33 pm

    I haven’t watched the prepper show (we don’t have cable). But imagine it’s like all the other reality shows, where they really only show the nutty looking ones, edit to make them look even more nutty. All because it’s ‘more entertaining’.
    Anyways, I thought I’d comment on the overweight prepper part. First off, yeah, I’m overweight, walking to fast makes me out of breath. Add in I also have asthma. However, my childhood and young adult life I did a ton of various activities from rock climbing, hiking, horse riding, ballet, yoga, aikido, basketball, football and competitive weight lifting. Due to cruddy circumstances and a bad marriage, I stopped doing those things for about 12 years and stuck to just hardcore gardening/homesteading. A good weight for me is probably about 145/160 and I’m 5’4″ as a woman. I’m built short and very muscular. If I’d known about Olympic weight lifting for women my life would probably have turned out very different, but I digress. What’s my plan if SHTF and we have to bug out? I’ll tough it out, and the weight will fall off. I’m incredibly strong (I can carry my 150lb 5’7″ son around like a baby), and incredibly stubborn. Ideally, I’d like to move forward with our plan of homesteading again, instead of just prepping (looking for the right situation) and the weight will fall off again. But until then, I’ll continue to make sure that I’m really strong and flexible, if fat. And I’m depending on that to get me through. Not the best idea, but the thought of doing push ups in my living room every day or gods forbid, ‘running!’ is something I’ll admit I hate. I’d rather just work hard physically, only I don’t have that opportunity right now

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