National Geographic Channel – Feb. 7 @ 9 et/pt
I recently had the opportunity to see an advance screening of National Geographic’s Show, Doomsday Preppers. This is the first show of this season. The first show introduced us to:
• Lisa Bedford – (The Survival Mom) – http://thesurvivalmom.com/
• Dennis and Danielle McClung – http://gardenpool.org/
Is it sensational? Yes! Is it valuable to the prepper community? Yes! Can it shed some light on what non-preppers, who are waking up to how fragile our world is, might need to know? Yes! Most importantly, is it entertaining? It’s a TV show – Yes!
Paul & Gloria, The Retiree Preppers – These people are set for TEOTWAWKI! They have planned well and have a good setup. Actually, the “experts” didn’t offer too much advice because they had thought through a lot and have good redundancy and plans.
Value for the Prepper – I don’t think Paul’s main reason for prepping (at least what the show suggests) is as valid as other reasons out there. However, Paul makes a lot of good points in his interview. He is a Veitnam Vet and got to see what a collapse scenario looks like because he was there at the end. He has put in place many of the things that most people just read and dream about. The big take away is that prepping is a way of life for Paul and Gloria. They are living it and it is second nature…or first nature…you get my drift.
Christopher Nyerges, The Street Survivor – This guy has some skill. I would gladly buy Christopher a cup of coffee to sit down and chat for a bit. I don’t agree with his survival plan, but to each his own. The “experts” had plenty to say, but ultimately you should know yourself better than anyone else. I think Christopher has a good grasp on who he is.
Value for the Prepper – Christopher has some great insight into surviving off the land. It takes time to learn that, but it is well worth it. One great take away is Christopher’s survival bag or bug-out bag (BOB) inventory. He insists that your BOB should be specific to you and your environment/situation. There isn’t a one size fits all!
Megan Hurwitt, The Young Urban Prepper – I was very interested in Megan’s segment because I am very familiar with Houston. It was cool to see some of the sights and even stores that were featured. I agree with her reason for prepping, but I don’t agree with her plans when the SHTF. It’s not that her plans are necessarily wrong, I don’t agree with her time frames. But other than that, if there is a segment that people are going to have a problem with on this show, it might be this one. It might be due to the “young” in the Young Urban Prepper.
Value for the Prepper – We can conceptualize and plan, but without real practice and experience, it is probably an “exercise” in futility. This will be of great benefit to the prepping community if they can see that plans need to be tried and tested. There is a feeling out there that there are a lot of “arm chair” preppers, especially due to all the recent publicity in the mainstream. It is a different situation when people walk the walk.
What I would like to see – TV shows need to be profitable to make it worth producing. As a result, shows like Doomsday Preppers are going to lean more towards the sensational to attract an audience. With that said, there are going to be interested people who watch this show who haven’t visited or are not familiar with the online prepper community. They will be looking for answers. As a result, the teacher in me wants some real practical advice to help others ease into prepping. I would like to see a little more effort put towards helping newbie preppers. From what I gather in the literature that was provided, NatGeo is planning on a website revamp with articles that link back to prepping sites with valuable insight and info. Hopefully, NatGeo will direct viewers to their website which would then link them to these websites. I would also like to see a part of the show dedicated to new/ancient innovative technologies that could be effective in prepping and survival situations. For example, Paul discusses using methane to cook food. His setup is great and although I have heard of it before, I would have like that explored a little more.
Final Thoughts – One of the things that preppers are concerned about when shows like these are aired, is looking like a kook. I didn’t feel like that coming away from watching this first episode. Instead, watching this episode inspired me to look into a few things that I can/should put in place for myself. Ultimately, for me, if there is learning or ideas that I can come away with, it is worth it to take the time to watch it!
Doomsday Preppers airs Feb. 7 on the National Geographic Channel @ 9 et/pt.
For more info. visit – http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/doomsday-preppers/
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