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If you have been following the show Doomsday Preppers on NatGeo Channel like I have, you will see we have met so many characters along the way. From architects to truck drivers; they all share a common goal and that is survival. But this episode has thrown me for a loop. I hope the folks at NatGeo won’t take offense to any of this, but I have to be honest. If you want to know why, keep reading.
The first guest we visited on the show was Doug Huffman from California. Doug is preparing for a world-wide second Great Depression. He is located on 240 acres of land in which he has put some time and effort into prepping. I was ready to go until this guy just really lost me. First of all, Doug walks around his property carrying a carbine. Now if it was for the show, I can live with that. But if he does this daily, I am lost. Why? Doug has taken the time to store food and raise some animals. This is where it gets weird. He names his rabbits after food dishes. I understand farming but this is weird.
Doug introduced us to the spider holes on his property and to his army of “Junior Rangers”. This is where I am skeptical. I am all for surviving in a group of like-minded folks. There is nothing wrong with that. I am concerned that these Junior Rangers were all kids. The one aspect of Doug’s idea for survival is to train these children in paramilitary style training. The appearance of this gave me a thought that something else was going on. I will not say, but it is disturbing. While Doug has the attitude that he is unstoppable; he lives with false security that there is no one out there badder than he. There are some pretty bad people out there with extensive credentials. Don’t underestimate your enemy.
Next we have Diane and Greg Rogers in Alberta, Canada. They are prepping for a catastrophic disaster. I was happy that this family has pulled together to prepare and how they do it shows. I was impressed that Greg takes the time to learn new skills such as building gas mask, stealing a car (if needed), and bugging out. Diane says she has had dreams about a catastrophe occurring and her family bugging out. This was an interesting twist.
I enjoyed how Greg made a mask with activated charcoal. Any prepper should take notice to this. We joined the family as they went to the gun range. I appreciate their enthusiasm, but I have one concern. Their little girl was quite young to be heavily involved with their preparedness program. I advocate families including children, but the gun range and their using the phrase “Shit Hit The Fan” was a little much for the little girl. But as everyone has different ways of doing things; to each his own.
Last we met Ed and Dianna Peden in Kansas. Let’s call them the Hippie Preppers. They are preparing for an economic collapse. The Peden’s live in a place I would love to; an old atomic missile base. The killer part is that they paid $40,000.00 for it in the 1980′s. Of course they have renovated it and it is really nice. They have food storage and some preps, I was not impressed with their preparedness program. I think their lifestyle restricts them from prepping to their fullest. I can’t really give much input but it was neat to see the inside of their structure.
This will be our last review for this season. I look forward to the next season of Doomsday Preppers. I believe the show will get better, so stay tuned and stay prepared.
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