The folks at National Geographic sent us a 2-episode screening for the next season of their TV show, “Doomsday Preppers”. The new season begins Tuesday, November-13.
From NatGeo, “About The Show”,
Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality.
If you are a Prepper, or if you are at all into preparedness, it may be a helpful (and entertaining) experience to watch the TV series. “Helpful” in that you are likely to get an idea or tips that you haven’t thought of before. “Entertaining” in that it ought to be fun to watch, regardless of your opinion of the premise and actions being taken by the people within the show’s segments.
The two episodes that I viewed involved six ‘premise’ scenarios (the reason’s that they were prepping) resulting in their corresponding actions.
Nuclear Reactor Meltdown
F5 Tornadoes (from climate change)
Greenland Ice Sheet Rapid Melting/Flooding (climate change)
Smallpox Pandemic (Terrorism)
Financial Collapse and Social Chaos
Nuclear War (with Russia)
One thing that I found very interesting, and something that makes sense (probably for many of us), is that for each of the ‘premise’ scenarios, the people or person had some sort of connection or pertinent reason for being particularly concerned about that scenario – which then apparently motivated them to begin the preparedness process.
For example, the family preparing for Nuclear Reactor Meltdown apparently live somewhat in the vicinity of several reactors. The person preparing for F5 tornadoes had witnessed the terrible Joplin disaster. The couple preparing for ocean flooding used to live on the coast of Florida. The person preparing for Nuclear War had a high interest in Russian history and nuclear warfare history. This all stands to reason because our own geographical circumstances, coupled with our interests and concerns, will lead us in a particular direction. For those of you who consider yourself Preppers, or preparedness-minded, I wonder what it is that got you into it and how it influenced YOU to begin the process? Interesting…
Having watched last season, and having received quite a bit of feedback from our Readers, I would like to suggest something to those of you who were quick to bash the scenarios, the actions taken by the people, and the subsequent ‘rating’ and analysis given by the NatGeo contracted ‘experts’ last year… That is to watch the episodes with an open mind. All people go about preparedness differently, and for different reasons. Some reasons may seem ridiculous to you, but they obviously are not to them. I even find myself critiquing the rationale of this or that (some more apparent than others), but then I realize the following… Here’s the thing… these people ARE PREPPING! This is a good thing! They are taking the bull by the horns, and regardless of this or that… they will need much less help than the next person IF TSHTF, because they prepared!
Here’s another observation. Most of the people that I saw on these few episodes, so far, seemed a bit more… ‘normal’? not as extreme? (compared with last season?) I don’t mean to trash talk any of the cast last year, but being sensitive to the notion of a TV series purposely picking out the extreme of the preparedness-minded folks (for maximum entertainment value?) is one that can harm the image of a way of life that should be common-sense (taking responsibility for what someone perceives as risk). Time will tell as the episodes unfold.
It seemed as though the analysis and ratings at the end of each segment were more realistic, and the premise scenarios were not bashed ‘out-of-hand’ as severely as they often were last season.
So… in summary, while not everyone will agree on the reality or likelihood of ‘why’ they are prepping for in each segment, and while not everyone will agree on ‘what’ they are doing, if you watch it with an open mind, you just might get an idea or two!