NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL IS BUGGIN’ OUT, BUNKERING DOWN AND STOCKPILING SUPPLIES IN NEW SEASON OF THE HIT SERIES DOOMSDAY PREPPERS
Premieres on Monday, 3rd December 2012 at 9.00pm exclusively on National Geographic Channel (Astro Ch 553)
If the Mayans were right, and the world ends 21 December 2012, are you prepared? Your neighbours might be, and they are not sharing their supplies.
On 3 December 2012 at 9.00pm, National Geographic Channel (Astro Ch 553) is premiering the second season of its hit series, Doomsday Preppers. Jennifer Lawrence, star of the blockbuster “Hunger Games,” told People magazine she was hooked on Doomsday Preppers; Fox’s hit series “The Simpsons” recently had an episode with Homer becoming a prepper; and MAD magazine recently dedicated a two-page spread to the Nat Geo show, including practical pointers such as, “If possible choose a vegan as your bunkermate. That way you can be certain who runs out of food first.” Premieres on Monday, 3rd December 2012 at 9.00pm exclusively on National Geographic Channel (Astro Ch 553)
Most of us barely have enough water to last 48 hours, but preppers are preparing for the end of the world as we know it — working around the clock to ensure that they and their families remain safe — whether that is from the Mayan end, an F-5 tornado, economic collapse or a mega-earthquake.
No gimmicks or games, the original that spawned cable copycats and started a prepping phenomenon, focuses on the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world, with experts who analyse the thoroughness of their preps. These men and women stand united in their unshakable certainty that America and the world soon face tougher times — times when grocery stores are empty, urine might be converted to drinking water and electricity is only a dream.
Preppers come in all shapes, ages, sizes, worries and preparedness levels. But many of them rely on having a fail-safe “buggin’ out plan.” A term widely used in the prepper community, “buggin’ out” basically means grabbing your bug out bag (a backpack with supplies that will allow a person to survive up to three days) and getting out of sight. When things get crazy, preppers plan to leave the disaster or threatening situation and go to a secret bug out location. Many preppers have different kinds of bug out locations, including a cave or underground shelter.
In season two, we will meet a plethora of individuals who are committed to thinking through every contingency plan. We will meet a diabetic mother stockpiling insulin to survive the devastation of an F-5 tornado she fears is coming; a 14-year-old preparing for a global economic collapse; a millionaire getting ready for a massive earthquake; and a “Brady Bunch” type prepping family with six children who anticipate a terrorist smallpox epidemic.
Running emergency drills and stockpiling food and weapons are basic parts of a prepper’s life. They will go to whatever lengths deemed necessary to make sure they are prepared if simple services should falter, and chaos and violence become the order of the day. Each episode will include an assessment by an expert who analyses how prepared the preppers actually are if their worst fears become a reality and they have to put their plans into action. Viewers are left to make their own decision as to whether the preppers are tip-top planners … or just plain paranoid.
Premiere episodes include:
Doomsday Preppers: You Can’t Let Evil Win (3 December 2012, 9.00pm)
Some American families have drastically altered their lifestyles in order to survive what they fear will be the end of the world. Johnny O fears a terrorist attack on nuclear power plants, and his prepping philosophy is always having backups for your backups. He is a husband and father of two who lives with his wife and his wife’s twin sister, who also knows their bug out plan. Wilma and Gary Bryant, who live with their children and granddaughter on a farm, are preparing for a series of F-5 tornados. They are building an underground Noah’s Ark for their animals and stockpiling insulin for Wilma and her daughter, who both suffer from diabetes. Robert Earl and his wife are a retired couple who fear the melting of the Greenland ice sheet. They have relocated from Florida to a remote desert area of Texas and have built a self-sustainable property for themselves and their 21 dogs.
Doomsday Preppers: Am I Nuts Or Are You? (10 December 2012, 9.00pm)
Could there be a Brady Bunch prepping family? Meet Braxton Southwick, a former professional motocross racer who lives with his wife and their six children, who are prepping for a terrorist smallpox attack. Each family member keeps a bug out bag in their car and has a special prepping skill — making them the ultimate prepping family. Big Al is a musician who wrote his own “prepping country song” and is getting ready for a nuclear attack from Russia. He has built an underground bunker that will protect him from nuclear fallout and has a special bunker stew recipe just in case he needs a tasty meal one day. Jason Beacham, a 15-year-old, has been prepping since he was 11. He fears anarchy following economic collapse and uses his allowance money to stock up on weapons and food.
Doomsday Preppers: Bad Times All the Time (17 December 2012, 9.00pm)
At some point, we have all wondered what will happen to our economy. Jay Blevins has probably thought about it more than most. He is a former law enforcement officer who is preparing for a global economic crisis. He fears that social unrest will erupt and has found creative ways to protect his family, including his own recipe for homemade pepper spray. Bryan May, a small-business owner, is prepping for a New Madrid earthquake, which he thinks will leave much of the United States submerged underwater. He has already begun to barter for goods in preparation for his belief that the dollar will lose its value in a doomsday situation. Brian Murdock is a real estate owner who believes that World War III is eminent. He has purchased a 10-acre plot of land in upstate New York, where he plans to bug out in a motor home with his new fiancée.
Doomsday Preppers S2 – You’ve Got Chaos (24 December 2012, 9.00pm)
We meet another group of unique preppers who are readying themselves and their families for the end of the world. We profile Bob Kay, a nutritional scientist living in Southern California who fears a massive earthquake will cause unprecedented destruction to the environment. He has planted hundreds of edible plants on his property and has begun training his twelve-year-old daughter in self-defense tactics. We profile Ryan Croft, a former U.S. Air Force man in Asheville, North Carolina, who fears a global financial crisis. Among his preps, he is cultivating alternative food sources like algae and earthworms to ensure his family’s survival. We meet Josh Wander, an Orthodox Jewish father and local politician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who is preparing for a terrorist attack. He is stockpiling kosher foods and educating the community about prepping.
Doomsday Preppers S2 – Taking From The Haves (31 December 2012, 9.00pm)
We are introduced to three more preppers who are readying themselves and their families for various doomsday scenarios. We meet Jeff Bushaw, a full-time prepper in Vancouver, Washington, who fears the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano. He plans to bug-out and is even taking flying lessons to ensure that he and his family will be able to reach their bug-out location. Allen and Franco are neighbors living in Missouri who are both preparing for a breakdown of the world food system following an economic collapse. They have each built their own aquaponic systems and maintain gardens and greenhouses in order to create a self-sustainable lifestyle. John Adrian is a successful inventor living in the Pacific Northwest who fears a wide range of disasters. He is focusing on security preps and has turned his idyllic estate into a technological fortress, complete with shatterproof windows and a military-grade gate.