The season of The Colony on Discovery started tonight. This season takes place on the Louisiana coast in a 10 acre abandoned neighborhood.
In it, 7 strangers agree to attempt to live off of the grid for 50 days in a post pandemic urban environment.
Over the 50 days, they’ll have to manage basic survival, the politics of being with a group of strangers, and they’ll face threats from outsiders.
Last season, I covered survival lessons from The colony after each episode. It IS a TV show, and it isn’t real life, but there are elements of survival that you can learn from it.
As with any survival TV show, it’s entertaining and possibly even educational, but you really MUST actually practice the skills to have a valid expectation of being able to use them to survive.
With that, let’s look at season 2!
The season starts out with all 7 participants isolated in a 7 foot by 7 foot room for 72 hours. They’re notified that the isolation has ended with an announcement to put on their hazmat suits and masks.
-One of the first lessons comes quick when a participant says that he was waiting for an authority figure to come and tell them what to do. Keep in mind that self-rescue may be the only rescue that you get in a timely manner in a disaster.
After the group scavanges a few local buildings, they get to work on water. They decide to go with a sand and charcoal filter, like what I cover in the SurviveInPlace Advanced Urban Water book. After they filter out the debris and odors, they decide to boil the water to kill off bacteria, viruses, and other creepy crawlies.
This is a great combination that you can use almost anywhere to filter out creepy crawlies, debris, and urban contaminants.
-They decide to start their fire with an effective, but short sighted method of hooking one end of a set of jumper cables to a battery and sparking the other end together next to a bundle of tinder.
One glaring mistake they made on the first night was that they all slept at the same time and completely ignored security. When you’re in a group, you need to schedule sleep times so that you always have people keeping watch. Besides giving early warning in the event of danger, this allows people who are sleeping to completely turn off and get recouperative sleep.
-Make sure that everyone is on the same page as far as helping strangers BEFORE strangers show up.
-Splitting up and/or caching items will keep you from getting wiped out in one shot by looters and/or robbers.
-In a viral outbreak situation, if someone makes contact with a stranger, they need to quarantine themselves for however long the incubation period is.
-Water catchment should be set up BEFORE it rains. Especially in desert areas.
-in a group, not everyone will be able to work at the same pace for the same amount of time or contribute in the same way. Decide ahead of time or early on who will do what.
-One of the guys, George, decided to go off on his own in the middle of the day to nap and he talked about being surrounded by idiots. If you’re stuck with a group of strangers that you need to depend on for survival, it’s a good idea to try to fit in and not cause unnecessary friction. At some point in a stressful situation, people tend to gang up and focus all of their frustration on one problem or person…kind of like a lightning rod. If you want to stay a part of the group, try not to be the lightning rod.
-If you have a choice of locations, pick a location that can be easily defended…ideally with limited avenues of approaches that can be blocked or where you can mount an effective defense.
-Pepper spray is best used as a surprise weapon.
-Don’t waste pouring milk in your eyes if you get sprayed with pepper spray. Time is the best way to take care of the effects.
-If you encounter multiple attackers, make an example of the first one and you might not have to fight number two. Attack two or three people just enough to make them mad and you’re problem just got bigger.
-If you are attacked by a group that includes both men and women, keep in mind that women can crush your head with a rock just as effectively as a man.
What other lessons did you get from this episode? Comment below to share your thoughts.