Skip to comments.'Doomsday Preppers' get ready for the endtimes ( 9 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, National Geographic)
Posted on 11/13/2012 7:09:46 PM PST by Kid Shelleen
"THOUSANDS IN Northeast still without power," read a headline on CNN as I was getting ready to write about Tuesday's Season 2 premiere of Nat Geo's "Doomsday Preppers."
Hurricane Sandy may not have figured in the end-of-the-world scenarios of the families profiled on the show, but unless you've been living under a particularly well-equipped rock, chances are there's something in your home that wasn't there a month ago, whether it's a fresh stash of D batteries or a case of canned soup
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But really, one of the most important parts of prepping is staying under the radar, not going on natl. TV and broadcasting your location, preps, supplies, home layout, and general disposition.
The’re playing your tune!
I’m watching all of them but if I were them, I wouldn’t do this.
>>Im watching all of them but if I were them, I wouldnt do this.<<
You certainly have a point there :)
“Its an entertaining show, and there are some good tips here and there that I wouldn’t have thought of.”
I have watched a few of them, but not so impressed.
They seem to be spending their entire lives prepping for
who knows what or when.
It seems pointless unless you know what the disaster might be, and how long it can last.
Also, it has to be a never ending job. They can not just put up cans, bottles, and ammo, and forget it.
It looks like many live in the desert southwest...God only knows why.
I would rather be prepared to quickly evacuate.
Yeah, I’d figure on getting along for about 6 weeks, and that would be under the financial collapse more like a halt in the stock market and a run on the banks, being Bernake can electronically transfer money for Government/Democrat spending. Your all welcome to come over enjoy a can of Spaghettio’s from my stockpile, bring your own water though...
The others seemed like the most whacked out people they could find...one "couple" was a chick and her "partner" that was some mentally deficient (genetically born a male) boyfriend that was taking hormones to be a "woman." They had a
yard junk sale in order to buy more preps, which appeared to be a haphazard collection of canned goods and 'stuff' dumped into a closet.
There were a few other loons on there as well. I started to get the impression that they grabbed a few reasonable and practical people (FReeper quality) to gain attention/get folks interested and then were intentionally seeking the fringe types in order to paint preppers as idiots and morons.
That may not be the case and there may be some practical information in the show, but I haven't watched it since.....but then again, I don't really watch much teevee anyhow.
I was looking up generators too, thinking a diesel one would be the one to last longest, and I came across this web site, as one suggestion was to get a real Honda Generator and not one that just uses a Honda motor;
I watched one of those shows where a guy blew his thumb off; it made them look like wierdos. This is just trying to move a stagnant economy; some of these plans are so stupid (like a guy who thinks he’ll hole up with his family in Manhattan - how’s that working out in the blacked-out section of NYC?).
Caught that too, at first I thought what lame excuses, especially the one that shuts off all computers, then I thought maybe they really aren’t willing to say it is the Progressive Party..
And if I remember correctly, the apartment guy in Manhatten had no guns -- just a sword or something. Total foolishment.
I think the media is trying to find ways to reach people who’ve simply tuned out the normal puke now aired on TV by grabbing niches. The whole collectibles market has been turned upside down, first by the fraudulent nonsense on these shows where appraisers highballed values, then with the pawn series - at this point people selling absolute junk at a flea market think they have rare valuable stuff (despite the fact that their merchandise sits there week after week with no takers - the “market” is indicating otherwise).
The “prepper” thing, while certainly applicable to a small number of people, is simply impractical in many of the media markets they serve; access to water, energy, even privacy are non-existent in disasters here (see Hurricane Sandy in the NYC metro area). The media needs a way to stop adults from turning on a PC after dinner instead of the TV, and when 3 nights of NFL football failed they’re trying something else...
You and about 2 to 3 million other people.
Check out what happened when everyone tried to evacuate at the same time with hurricane Rita in 2005.
Friend of mine was on the road for over 24 hours, didn't get 100 miles.
Ran out of gas and and so did all the filling stations.
She, her mother, and her daughter stayed in her car for another 24 hours before someone came with gas for everyone stranded on side of the road.
See #13; they are trying to keep a grip on people who have shown no interest in “mainstream” TV. They don’t want you turning off their propaganda...
I’d recommend “Cheaper Than Dirt” and “BUDK” catalogues for anyone looking for survival stuff; they seem to be selling a lot of “prepper” stuff (though we call it hunting/camping/hiking stuff).
I would rather be prepared to quickly evacuate.
That is called insanity....guess you can be ushered into your new FEMA digs...
Who are you responding to about being ushered into FEMA digs, me or the person I was responding to?
If you have a good `bug-out bag’ then you are prepared to quickly evacuate.
If you don’t have at least that, then you’re basically looking at tossing some cans of tuna in a paper bag while the dog runs in circles, everyone climbing in the car and heading south into traffic jams.
I have most of that stuff and my daughter thinks I’m half nuts. So she went to a weekend camping music festival this past summer and it was really hot.
She got back and said, “Gee Dad, I sure wish I’d had one of those things you can carry water in, not a canteen. I forget what it’s called.”
And I said, “A Camelback? I have one of those. You could have used it.”
“You do?!” So she was impressed.
But there’s a fine line between accumulating all the stuff and, uh, hoarding. If you have the room and stay organized you can think of it like, gee, I dunno—stamp collecting.
But a Kenyan stamp with pResident Shamwow’s grinning face on it won’t save you from bloodthirsty zomb—foraging Democrats.
So there you go.
I have a lot of stuff for camping as well; in the Hurricane Sandy power outage I had 11 flashlights (with batteries, though 3 work by cranking) for 6 people. I have a 3-day supply of MREs, which we never needed to go into (I’ve given them to the kids on hikes; they don’t like them, but they’ll get used to them). As Sandy showed us up here, gasoline is key; generators can’t run out without it, and you need it to get out and stay with family further away. We were both topped off before it hit, and could easily go 2 weeks without needing more for the vehicles (we both have short commutes).
We were lucky our power came on before the temps dropped; that gets uncomfortable (especially with kids and older people in the mix).
Good for you. Sure, it’s like Mr. Shot/hand gun. Better to have it and not need it than vice versa. Preaching to the choir, I know, but our fellow freepers should be aware that their families will look to them. I have family in Joplin and they lost friends.
Water. Shelter/bedding. Clothing. Food. Tools. First Aid. Security. Hygiene.
We leave all the things we take for granted at our front door when the SHTF, whatever that might be: Sandy, a tornado, civil disorder, blizzards. Better safe than sorry.
At least that’s the way our grandparents thought. Recently Americans refused MREs in the Superdome because they didn’t like the taste. So they’re good enough for our troopers but the NO peeps wanted Popeye’s fried chicken. Rant over, past my bedtime.
“Recently Americans refused MREs in the Superdome because they didnt like the taste. So theyre good enough for our troopers but the NO peeps wanted Popeyes fried chicken. Rant over, past my bedtime.”
Too funny! Good night; be safe.
Southwest will be overrun by hispanics and taken over. Most of them that stay won’t make it.
No offense but you will not be able to use that generator for months after an incident. You will be an obvious target.
It should be mentioned that Doomsday Preppers is part of Nat Geo’s “American Outlier” series and as such, the folks featured on the show are intentionally a little further “out there” than your average prepper.
Everyone has something to teach you but mostly what I’ve learned from the few shows I’ve seen is to keep your mouth shut.
“If you have a good `bug-out bag then you are prepared to quickly evacuate.”
Well, I think everyone is in favor of being prepared for
short term disasters and/or turmoil.
The prepper examples in the TV series are a bit extreme, to say the least.
Those requiring a years supply of everything would most likely be in a doomsday situation, requiring an army to save them from marauding herds, even if life would be worth living.
In the few Prepper episodes that I have seen, they are all in areas such as the western deserts. I would NEVER live in that type of environment to begin with. The environment looks so depressing.
I live on a beach, and within a mile of mountains with all the veggies in the world, and free flowing fresh water.
The climate is the same, year round.
Your simple bug-out bag would be all that is needed.
Yes, after Sandy, 9 days without power and that could have easily been longer, more fuel for the next time is on the list. My 8 day supply lasted into day 9, but one more day would have done it. I am now looking for a diesel generator that I can run on my Number 2 heating oil tank, which was filled the week before.
That’s a good idea; I use heating oil as well.
The problem with storing gasoline is that it is a chemical, and it breaks down; you have to rotate it (and as we just saw, it can quickly become scarce). Somebody else was posting that people shouldn’t assume they should stay in their homes; I’d prefer to watch over my property, but keep enough gas in the tanks to leave if need be.
Glad your contingency plan worked!
Honda generators are the best; we’ve used the smaller models in Haiti with great results.
That being said, I’ve seen some people advise skipping the generator and purchasing a large power inverter to use with your vehicle. Inverters are much cheaper than an equivalent size quality generator, and there’s no extra maintenance, fuel to rotate, etc. An idling car is not going to draw as much attention to your home. I wouldn’t want to let the car run around the clock, but it can be run when needed, even to let a freezer run for 30 minutes 3 or 4 times per day to keep your food from spoiling.
these people are kooks.