Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic Channel – A REVIEW

Well folks, as the popularity of our culture/ideals/beliefs spreads – we will start to see more of this time of television.  There have been shows about prepping before but not like this.  This appears to be about “real” preppers (quotes are intentional), what they are prepping for and then “professional preppers” critique their setup.  Why wasn’t I asked to consult on this show?  NatGeo… I am waiting!  Check out the show’s page HERE at National Geographic’s Site.

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS / OPENING THOUGHTS: Ok, first off the show wasn’t bad and held my attention.  It featured actually people so the general public can relate.  This is opposed to experts (sometimes nutbags) who usually just speak at the camera.  Let’s face it – there are very REAL reasons why we should prep and there are some waaaaay out there crazy reasons too.  I am not judging you and why you prep BUT, if you are asking main stream America to get with the program then perhaps we should focus on the more mainstream reasons for prepping:

  1. Earthquakes / Tsunami / Floods / Hurricanes / Tornados / Influenza / Terrorist Attack – Yes.
  2. Economic collapse / Peak oil / Meteor strike – Maybe.
  3. Alien Invasion /Mayan Calendar End of World / Rapture – I don’t think so.

The events referenced in set #1 have happened and will happen again and therefore mainstream America has seen the horrible effects right on the their TV via CNN.  List #2 could happen but haven’t happened in our modern history and therefore are out of sight and out of mind.  The #3 list are arguably fantasy and although theoretically possible – any prepper running around claiming they are prepping for these scenarios casts a negative shadow on what we are doing.

THEREFORE – Even if you believe in #2 or #3 – please downplay it for the good of prepping so more people will embrace what we are doing. REMEMBER – the more people who are prepared and self-sufficient, the less people we will have to shoot when they come for our preps!

THE REVIEW – The episode I watched last night had a couple from Texas prepping for the reversal of the magnetic poles and basic complete SHTF, a plant enthusiast (to use the term lightly!) in LA prepping for an earthquake and a girl living in some city (I think Texas again) prepping for peak oil.  Everyone gets credit for realizing that self-sufficiency is an insurance policy and it is better to be prepped than not.

#1 Texas Couple with Container Fortress.  Ok, who can fault these guys for having a container fortress with 50 years of food?  Not me!  If I had to join a group these guys would be #1 on my list (although I wasn’t a fan of the shit-brown shirts they seem to love but oh well) They also have found other like-minded people, some with a military background, to group together this is usually very difficult to do.  This group was my favorite and I thought that they had done a FANTASTIC job prepping.  They came across a little nutty because their preps were so in-depth but – if the world goes to shit – they will be sitting pretty.  I also like how they were not mall ninjas – everything they had they did themselves.  They had skills and were living their daily life as they would during SHTF.  How cool was the methane production capacity?  Add to it their bug-out plan and they are seriously good-to-go!

#2 Hippy Plant Lover.  I am sorry but this guy got on my nerves.  Really dude?  You are prepping for an earthquake and plant-eating is your focus?  Get a box of MREs and avoid having to stop at all to forage for plants and kill squirrels with your damn sling.  $20 bucks says he can’t hit the ground with that sling!  Then he has barter items in his bag – sir… during the time you are trying to escape from LA after an earthquake is not going to be the time when barter systems are setup.  You will be shot and your stuff taken.  Period.  I think he had the right idea in that he was ready to walk out of LA and having a B.O.B is good – be a little more realistic buddy and ditch the plant gathering while escaping LA.  Once out in the wild and IF you find a group to associate with – your skills will be VERY valuable, until then you are a liability.

#3 Peak Oil Gung-Ho Girl.  Props to NatGeo for finding a singe female who is prepping.  Props to this girl for prepping.  But if she was really concerned about peak oil – she should definitely live outside of the city.  She said she was a web consultant or something like that – you can do that job anywhere.  So her WHOLE plan was to walk (chuckle) out of the city with pink shorts on and a headlamp (chuckle more) in order to get to a propositioned vehicle that she expects to still be there and not on fire (all out laughter at this point).  COME ON!  Either have your car at home so you don’t have to walk out of the city during general unrest OR bug-in.  She joined the army in the end so she gets love for that.  Anyone in the armed forces is good with me.  I also didn’t like how NatGeo says “she regularly trains with firearms” when it was clear that she had never fired a shotgun or AR and had limited (if any skills) with a handgun.

There are my thoughts.  Great to see prepping mainstream so we’ll take what we can get. Can’t wait to see more episodes!

11 Responses

  1. I loved the show last night. I am new to “prepper’s” world. I do believe you folks are a head of the game and are going into the right direction. Give this Hillbilly some learnin’ time to get up to speed. :)

  2. Reblogged this on theconservativehillbilly and commented:
    I loved the show last night. I am new to “prepper’s” world. I do believe you folks are a head of the game and are going into the right direction. Give this Hillbilly some learnin’ time to get up to speed. :)

  3. I saw the show – pretty much agree with your asessment. I thought peak oil girl was kind of a moron (plus, she wasn’t single, she was prepping with her boyfriend – the one who was going to shoot the cats in the head). I

  4. i think if you do prep don’t you do that in secret you don’t tell people of put it television i mean that is far far from a real prep’s mind bye

  5. also russia is low in oil production i’m not a prep queen yet but i do know this every one say’s i’m crazy look when oil is gone and time’s are bad guess who they will run too us and yeah we don’t even have enough for us so i think it’s good too prep but for the love of god why television and the inter web’s by the way former english ex pat and yeah it aint good in europe either so yeah i think america is my new home you guy’s are a riot and aw some who won world war two you did bye

  6. is he serious please tell me he’s not serious i am proud too be apart of this community i just hope me being an ex pat won’t bother you but if you heard a bit of news england italy and the whole europe is it a learning curve don’t know but i do know this i am glad i’m here near family so yeah not too bad see ya

  7. Please post more often.

  8. Days after the program aired, David Sarti was declared mentally incompetent and his guns were seized. All of them. Mr. Sarti, who has no criminal record, is no longer allowed to own guns.

    He tells his story here

    Sign the petition here

  9. Crossposting an article about one of the preppers from the show. I have read that Nat Geo made the preppers “pick” a scenario and kinda run with it. Anyway this poor dude got royally screwed!

    In Defense of David Sarti
    by Daisy Luther 

    We often ask, “What would be the last straw? What would make us take up arms and defend ourselves against the Powers That Be?”

    Usually, that answer is guns.  For most preppers and constitutional activists, losing our weapons would be an affront that would cause us to stand up and take action.

    That particular insult has happened to one of our community.

    David Sarti, of Lebanon, TN, recently appeared on National Geographic’s program Doomsday Preppers.

    The producers motives with this show are questionable, from a prepping perspective.  They seemed to have sought out people who are real “characters” – the eccentricity is so extreme at times that it doesn’t seem to be a fair representation of what is truly going on in the prepping community.  Because NG is generally more open-minded, more in line with producing documentaries than salacious reality television, I was extremely disappointed in the programs that I have seen thus far.

    In the case of Mr. Sarti, he certainly does come across as extreme.  He’s not a man that instantly appeals to a wide range of people. He is someone that might trigger doubters to roll their eyes and scoff at him.

    This doesn’t make him crazy.

    He isn’t a handsome buff wild-eyed mountain man survivalist.  He doesn’t have that bad boy appeal of an action hero or the air of quiet wisdom of a person who has retreated to the woods to escape the mundanity of life in the corporate United States.

    This doesn’t make him crazy either.

    Days after the program aired, however, David Sarti was declared crazy…ahem…”mentally incompetent”….and his guns were seized.  All of them.  Mr. Sarti, who has no criminal record, is no longer allowed to own guns.  He tells his story here.

    The accusation of insanity came after he went to see his cardiologist for some chest pains and shortness of breath.  So far, it sounds sane and rational to me.  The cardiologist, Dr. Andre C. Olivier, whose name and contact information I am delighted to publish, had Mr. Sarti held at the hospital for psychiatric evaluation and broke doctor patient confidentiality by contacting the authorities.

    Then it really went to hell on a greased slide.  Mr. Sarti, because of his stay in the psychiatric unit, was then declared “mentally incompetent”.  His very large collection of guns was then stolen removed from his possession.  He is no longer allowed to own weapons.

    Welcome to the America we live in today.  The country has devolved to a point that being eccentric means the constitution no longer applies to you.  What is next?  Already, believing that the gold standard is the only way to correct our economic ills makes you a target.  Bloggers and writers of alternative media are all on a list, with our computer systems under nearly constant attack.  I spend as much time fending off malware and viruses as I do writing this blog.  Anyone who disagrees with the government is not labelled an “extremist.”

    This is a call to rally.  So extremists, preppers, bloggers, readers and Americans, unite.  Don’t just be glad that your guns remain untouched.  Don’t breathe a sigh of relief that it wasn’t you.  Galvanize yourself and others like you and let’s fight for David Sarti.

    Let’s make it easy…..These links will get you started.  This war will be won via the internet.  Don’t let them sweep this attack on the Constitution under the rug.  Don’t let them single out someone who might not come across as Joe Average and use that to continue chipping away at the country’s foundation.  Whatever your personal thoughts are about Mr. Sarti and his decision to share his prepping on television, the bottom line is that injustice has occurred and it’s up to us to stop it.

    First, go and sign this PETITION.  The document will be sent to the governor of Tennessee, demanding that Mr. Sarti’s record of “mental defectiveness” be expunged.

    For additional details that include sample letters for National Geographic and the NRA, as well as links to several organizations that maybe be able to assist Mr. Sarti, visit Inalienably Yours.

  10. Prep’s,
    I have some surplus solar lights I would like barter. I patented the product for the once strong real estate market. Designed to fit on top of a real estate sign they can easily be adapted to everyday life. The more direct sun light they get the better. One of the first units sold in 2007 is still in service. They are over built out of the same plastic used to make timing gears for car engines. I prefer to ship them via USPS flat rate box or UPS by the case.
    What do ya’ got for me?

    • email me suburbanprepper at – send me some review lights and if they are good I will put up a link.

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