In the first episode, Doomsday Preppers interviews 3 preppers.
First up, Paul and Gloria Range from Floresville, TX. They’re retired and are full-time preppers, spending up to 50 hours per week.
-They’ve got 50,000 pounds of food
-Their house is made out of 9 40 foot long steel shipping containers
-In the show, they’re notable for shooting at their house with a .22 to test it’s bullet resistance.
-NGC framed the Range’s preparations as being in anticipation of a polar shift. They didn’t mention that all of the Range’s preparations ALSO would help them in countless other disaster situations or that their lifestyle makes them mostly self-reliant and insulated from economic disasters.
-They cook 8 meals per day…3 to eat and 5 to preserve.
-They’re preparing for family AND friends.
-41% of Americans feel preparing for catastrophe is smarter than saving for retirement.
-The Range’s feel that their food storage has gone up in value 400%.
-With a system of multiple wind generators and solar panels, they are able to be completely independent of the electrical grid. This approach is much more doable from an economic perspective and more stable than relying on a single system for off-grid power.
-About 750,000 households in the US are off the grid.
-They generate methane from pig and human feces.
-Paul and Gloria have a team of 22 friends and family members.
-Their plan is to stay put, but if they need to, they have 2 converted school buses a livestock trailer and 2 pickups
-They have trained their animals to load up in their livestock trailer VERY quickly.
-They have caches along their bug-out route.
Christopher Nyerges is the next Prepper featured. His site is http://www.christophernyerges.com/
Christopher is from LA and runs Farmers’ Markets.
I love his quote, “It would be the height of stupidity to be aware of earthquakes and watch the news and see what happens and not make some preparations.”
Chris’ plan is to stay mobile and doesn’t seem to have much respect for people who’s plan is to stay put in a set location. Chris also appears to be single and not to have any young children or relatives with mobility problems that he will have to take care of. Chris appears to be brilliant at what he does, but his way is not for everyone.
-Chris makes a good point of keeping cash in your bugout bag, as well as junk silver, arrowheads, extra knives, and other useful items that he could trade if necessary.
-Chris talks about a patch of “weeds” between the LA river and a highway being full of food and goes so far as to say that food is not in short supply, it’s brains that are in short supply. A couple of thoughts on this…First, there’s no telling what chemicals from the road and the river are in those plants. Second, the ONLY reason why food is not in short supply for Chris is because of the fact that nobody recognizes it. He’s critical of people who aren’t able to recognize the same food sources that he can, but if those same people would know how to identify the same food sources, Chris’ survival plan would go out the door. I’m not trying to be hard on Chris…I LOVE what he’s doing.
-Chris talks about always having a knife and a fire starter with him…I can’t agree more. Whether it’s a lighter, flint and steel, paracord for a bowdrill, or something completely different, it’s a great idea to have something to make fire with you.
I had to smile at the end of Chris’ segment when the reviewers suggested that he have firearms as part of his plan. I am not sure if they missed the fact that he lived in LA or not, but the laws in California make it difficult to legally carry a concealed weapon. Chris’ response to their suggestion was to say that he in no way wanted people to think that he had disclosed all of his preparations and that he wouldn’t say any more than he already had.
Megan Hurwitt, a web designer from Houston is the next prepper. Her segment is framed as being about oil shortages. NGC really did a hit piece on her, so don’t judge her too harshly based on how they edited the show.
Megan makes some great points about Houston only having 3 days of food and fuel, about people’s willingness to resort to violence to provide for their children, and about how difficult it is/will be after a disaster.
Megan and her boyfriend live in a 700 sf apartment that has an impressive amount of food and water in it, but most people would resist having that much of their living area taken up.
I loved the part when Megan said that her wardrobe selection has changed to where she picks clothes based on how well they carry/conceal weapons and tools.
One thing that was illustrated during this segment is the importance of wardrobe selection during a bugout scenario. Staying cool is smart, but wearing rugged clothing that can stand up to some abuse is important as well.
Her plan is to survive in place for a few weeks and then bug out to an escape vehicle and heading to Mexico. This may sound ridiculous to people who don’t live near the border, but for people who have spent time near the border, it is a valid option. It depends on whether you have an existing network in place in Mexico, whether the potential increase in safety is worth the risk of traveling that far, and what the particular disaster is.
Megan works out 4 hours a day, 6 days a week and the segment shows her getting survival and firearms training, which I commend her for doing.
Megan commented to her instructor that she wasn’t very efficient with her reloads and that it would be very difficult under stress. The instructor wisely said that was the reason why she needed to practice. Most people instinctively know this but few actually make the next step of following through and actually practicing.
I’ve got to commend Megan for actually loading up her bugout bag, or INCH (I’m not coming home) bag and doing a 6 mile dry run getting out of town. She wore tennis shoes and quickly figured out that they didn’t provide as much support as boots when carrying a backpack.
Megan made what I think is a smart move and decided to enlist in the military…not only for training, but also for supplies and training to put her in a position where she could help more people after a disaster.
National Geographic did a HUGE disservice at the end of the show by dismissing the probability of each of the disasters that each of these 3 preppers are preparing for.
To see my review on episode 2, go here: http://www.secretsofurbansurvival.com/1252/episode-2-of-doomsday-preppers/
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