Doomsday Preppers Review – Top 5 Moments

Feb 7, 2012 by

I was able to watch the premiere first hour of Doomsday Preppers on the National Geographic Channel.  The show focuses on people that are prepping for the SHTF due to various causes.  As someone relatively new to prepping, I find this series fascinating and very informative.

I thought it would be fun to pick out a few key moments to highlight from the show.

1. Having A Bit Of Gas

The first couple was Paul Range and Gloria Haswell from Texas who believe that we’re due for a shift in the North and South poles causing massive earthquakes and other devastation.  They have quite a setup and seem pretty well prepared.

After reviewing their setup for generating power via wind and solar, they cover their gas generation plans.  Paul explains that if the SHTF, burning wood would cause a smell that is very distinct and would likely draw looters to their location.  To avoid this, they’ve built a contraption that take their pigs feces and their own and converts it to methane gas that they use to cook.

2. Circle The Wagons

Paul and Gloria then reviewed their plans if they and their family were forced to leave their compound.  2 old school buses and 2 truck will assist them on their 12 hour drive to another location.  The interesting part was when they reviewed their plans for stopping for the night, they parked the vehicles in a square similar to the pioneers when they “circled the wagons”.  With 4 guards on each side, they had a secure remote compound to rest for the night.  Really good stuff especially as they showed the retrofitted school buses – equipped with sleeping quarters.

3. Wanna Trade?

The next prepper was Christopher Nyerges who lives in Los Angeles and believes that a major quake will hit Southern California causing massive devastation.  Christopher hikes around LA with nothing but a backpack / bug out bag.  When the SHTF, he plans to take to the roads and live off the land.  A botanist, he knows the local plant life very well and plans to live on weeds and other plant life.  The best part of the segment is when he goes through his backpack showing his items.  After showing off his knives, coins and homemade arrow points…..wait what?!  Yes, he has small arrow points that he thinks he’ll be able to trade with the local homeless people in case they get territorial.  I believe he was just pretty proud of his homemade arrow points.  ; )

4. Salad Dressing? Check.

Chris seemed to be a master with making a salad of a local weeds.  They showed him creating quite a unique salada complete with chopsticks.  Then he pulled out the salad dressing.  That’s right, out of his BOB he pulled a bottle of salad dressing that he poured over the weeds.  It was a fairly funny moment as this hardcore prepper explained that he needed salad dressing for his salad.  The little luxuries.

5. Sorry Kitty

Finally, there was the highly entertaining Megan Hurwitt.  Megan believes that their will be an oil crisis that will send the US into a tailspin.  Her plans are basically set around walking out of the city of Houston.  She preps by working out 4 hours a day and seems quite adept at handling a firearm.  However, as she was explaining her plan to bug out, she addressed what she would do with her cats.  She would off them.  That’s right, her boyfriend and her agreed that they would put a bullet in each cat.  In fact, with her car in her hand she motions with her fingers to the cat’s head and says “Right there.  Right in the brain stem.”  Yikes!

All in all I liked the first episode and will continue watching.  At the very least it will give me more ideas for how best to build my SHTF plan.

Doomsday Preppers airs at 9:00pm ET Tuesdays on the National Geographic Channel.

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  1. gat31

    Well l didn’t watch it but l did see another type of episode on the nat geo website and the couple from arizona was fantastic! They have inspired me to want to try my hand at aquaponics here. If you have netflix, the first season of a show called The Colony had some very interesting things on it you might like as well especially the solar car. Might be worth checking out.

  2. charlie hall

    I’M NEW TO PREPPING, BUT GAING GROUND QUICKLY. I HAVE SEEN THE SHOWS QUITE INFORMING BUT THEY DO SHOW SOME FLAWS THAT THE RATERS MISS. TAKE THE FORTRESS FROM CONTAINERS. THEY SHOOT THE HOME IN THE CORNER OF THE CONTAINER WHERE IT IS THICKEST. I’VE CHECKED OUT MANY CONTAINERS THEY ARE CORRAGATED FOR STRENGTH BUT SIDES ARE A LITTLE LESS THAN 1/8 INCH THICK. ROUNDS WILL PENETRATE THIS. ALSO THEY DO HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF FOOD, BUT IN GLASS JARS. THEY TALKED OF EARTHQUAKES THE HOUSE MAY STILL STAND BUT THE JARS WOULD BANG TOGETHER OR FALL OFF AND BREAK. NEED TO PUT RAILS AROUND AND PAD BETWEEN JARS.

    • Very interesting observations Charlie. I agree that there are some flaws in the preppers’ plans but I think we can all say that our plans have some gaps. The one think I’ve found with my journey of prepping, your plans are never bulletproof. The nice thing about interacting with other preppers is you can bounce ideas off each other and offer suggestions.

      I’m glad that we have such a vibrant community of people with a common goal.

  3. I’m looking to join a preppers group in or near Ventura County southern CA.
    I have a military experience & take this subject matter seriously.
    Sincerely,
    Robert Ward

  4. Gives me some nice inspiration for my survival kit. Thank you !

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