Article submitted by Brian S. Kiefat @ The Ready Center
As we continue to cover the basics here at The Ready Center Blog, it would be a crying shame if we didn’t take the time to acknowledge the television series that took prepping mainstream. National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers debuted in February of 2012 and gained popularity almost instantly. What’s more amazing than its instant popularity is that it did so well that an entire second season aired only 8 months later. Pretty impressive. The program is documentary-like as each episode follows the lives of 3 different “preppers” and shows what methods of preparedness they use as they prepare for TEOTWAWKI (see glossary). In order to make the program more interesting, each individual is not allowed to state that they are simply “preparing for a disaster or emergency”. Instead, the producers mandate that each individual on the program state that they are preparing for only a certain type of disaster (financial collapse, societal collapse, terrorist attack, fuel shortage, electromagnetic pulse, pandemic, etc). This, of course, removes a sense of “realism” from the show as those who prepare do so for the sake of being prepared, and not for only one specific and narrowly defined circumstance. Noting this, it is important to remember that Doomsday Preppers is just a television show and is produced with the purpose of generating ratings, which of course equate to revenue. Portraying a realistic view of those who are prepared isn’t exactly the highest thing on the producer’s list of priorities. As a matter of face, portraying “preppers” as gun-nuts, weirdos, and worriers has most certainly paid off for them with sky-high ratings, so I wouldn’t expect them to change that anytime soon. All that being said, it doesn’t mean that Doomsday Preppers isn’t useful or entertaining. As a matter of fact, it’s both.
Once you are able to look past the obvious misrepresentations, it’s actually very entertaining. Even more than entertaining, it’s a darn good “educational” show for those in the preparedness mindset. The ideas, tips, and concepts that can be taken home from each episode are truly beneficial. Yeah, there really are some weirdos out there who take things further than you or I might, but we can still learn from them. A good idea is a good idea, regardless of who you hear it from. At the very least, the show can be useful by keeping you in the preparedness mindset, not to mention the warm fuzzy feeling you might get from knowing that there are other people out there who care about their loved ones as well. All in all, I recommend checking the show out. All of the season 1 episodes can be viewed for free on National Geographic’s YouTube channel here.
Regardless if you are familiar with the show or not, the video below is worth your time. It is an expanded overview of Season 1 of Doomsday Preppers. I wouldn’t call it a re-cap because many people and situations were left out of this montage. It covers some of the more “memorable” individuals and events as well as includes some scenes that didn’t make it into the regular season. It’s no substitute for the complete first season, but definitely worth the watch. Enjoy and leave a comment letting us know what you think!
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