Sunday, October 27, 2013

Doomsday Preppers on NatGeo, in the Virginia mountains and on Kansas plains

In preparation for National Geographic Channel’s “American Blackout” later Sunday night, NatGeo aired some provocative episodes of “Doomsday Preppers”.

On “Let Her Rip”, a woman in southwestern Virginia somewhere deep in the mountains explains her concern that a nuclear blast is inevitable and that one effect would be an electromagnetic pulse effect. Another possibility would be a solar flare.    She, her boyfriend and teen son have built up considerable resources, including a water-wheel that can generate battery power.  She has also built a trebuchet catapult weapon.

She believes martial law would ensue and the government would try to confiscate her weapons. But she also tries not to attract attention as her family lives quietly in the mountains.

The location attracted my attention because I have visited an intentional community in the Virginia Piedmont (Twin Oaks), probably 150 miles away from her location.

The series gives an “X-Factor” score on how well prepared someone is to survive. 

The second half of the hour shows a young man, Joe, who quits a job in Kansas City and build a survival home in Kansas 70 miles away.  He uses some technology lightly but lives completely off the grid.  He even takes his family  away from its fortress home to see if it can live on nothing.

Both Doomsday Preppers seemed to feel that western dependence on technology makes everyone vulnerable to enemy attack.  

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