Last night on the National Geographic network, NatGeo TV ran another exciting new episode of Doomsday Preppers entitled ′Hit the Ground Running.′ We were introduced to three groups of preppers, each with a different approach to surviving a catastrophe. Two were husband-wife teams, one practicing a low-income method of funding their preps by becoming beekeepers. The other spending lots of money on not one, but two steel bunkers, buried at separate locations. The third prepper is a ′road warrior′, traveling the highways and back roads of America in his tricked-out RV. Let us see who scores the best?
John and Kelly are a marriage made by Harley Davidson. The two motorcycle enthusiasts have quit their jobs as EMT medics in Florida and have relocated to the mountains of western Virginia. Spending most of the retirement savings on a 41 acre farm with a home, they have little money left, but don′t need it. Concerned about anarchy following an economic collapse, John and Kelly have adopted the true survivalist method of living a modest lifestyle. Growing their own food and raising small livestock will be their key to success.
But they also did make two investments that are providing some income to help. Their solar panel array is a good one, providing plenty of electricity. So much that they sell excess power to the local utility company, earning about $4,000 to $5,000 a year. But they also have taken up beekeeping with the help of a neighbor. Raising honeybees and producing honey for extra cash or for barter when paper currency becomes worthless. While they do not have much of a back-up plan, like a bunker, they do have some caches of supplies buried around their property, protected by bear traps. The experts score them with a 71, giving them a solid 13 months of post-apocalypse survival.
Next up is Brian, the Road Warrior. With his highly modified RV, Brian travels the roadways of America, prepping for a terrorist attack and doing weekly pod-casts on current events. He can escape in 10 minutes or less from any situation. Brian′s RV has both solar panels and a wind generator to power his electronics, including an infrared camera system and motion detector system. He plans on staying mobile in his rolling bunker, aided with caches of supplies an extra diesel fuel buried about the countryside every 600 miles. Avoiding populated areas, Brian uses camouflage netting to conceal his RV. The experts score him a 63, giving him 9 months.
Finally, we have Frank and Elaine from Maine. Frank owns a construction company and his own airplane, an amphibious Cessna. In the event of an economic collapse, Frank intends to fly away in his float-plane to a secluded lake far from the angry and hungry mobs. There, he has an underground bunker that he designed himself. Cylindrical and made from 1/4-inch steel plate, the 144 square-foot bunker may be small but is rugged.
But Frank and Elaine also have a back-up bunker in the event that they cannot reach their airplane in time. The second bunker is built like the first, but is larger. He even tested it exploding a 7-pound stick of dynamite next to the bunker and it barely got a scratch! Both Frank and Elaine prep by staying in shape. They have a personal trainer, a mixed-martial-arts cage fighter! He teaches the prepping couple in many techniques and claims that he can kill a man with an empty soda can. The trainer praises Frank for his courage after they duke it out in the ring. But the experts are less impressed, scoring them a mere 47, giving them only 3 months of survival.
So there you have it! This episode of NatGeo TV′s Doomsday Preppers, ′Hit the Ground Running′, shows that money is not always a guarantee for success. Clearly, the beekeeper couple have the edge on the rest. Even the guy with the doomsday RV scored better than Mister Moneybags and his two elaborate, underground, steel bunkers. Another great episode from the National Geographic network!