Yesterday was ′Family Night′ on the National Geographic Channel series, Doomsday Preppers with the episode ′Shepherds and Wolves′. We met with three families preparing for various forms of societal breakdowns. Some will hide in an underground bunker. Some are training to fight and survive using ancient weaponry, such as the atlatl. The third family, actually just a couple, are learning how to spin yarn from goat, dog and human hair to make clothes in a post-apocalyptic world. So let us see what these folks are up to…
Roger Dougan in northern Texas knows all about losing everything and restarting from scratch. Seven years ago, he lost his home in a fire. As a third-generation farmer, Roger already knows how to grow and raise livestock and crops for food, including beef, pork and chicken. Fearing a possible cyber-attack that could knock out the electrical grid, Roger is now a prepper. He has enough food stored to feed 20 people for 3 months. His property has multiple sources for freshwater. For the past 2 years, Roger has converted two steel shipping containers into an underground bunker for his family of 4 children and 6 grandchildren. As a Do-It-Yourselfer, Roger has built an air filtration system for his bunker, as well as many other conveniences.
A 24-hour ′Bug-In′ drill is conducted by Roger to test his bunker and to get his family accustomed to survival. The scenario is a ′grid-down′ one, so he confiscates all cell phones from his family after entering the bunker. Roger also takes away all handguns and stores them in a safe place, too. We don′t need anybody going ballistic with bunker-fever, now do we? The grandkids grumble as the hours tick away. Roger enlists one granddaughter who has artistic skills to paint some outdoors scenes on the sterile-white walls. At the 17-hour mark, the bunker goes dark as the electricity fails. Roger arms himself and exits the bunker to see what happened. The generator ran out of fuel. The lights return and the family survives the whole 24 hours. Roger is scored with a 75, giving he and his family 14 months of survival.
Since half the show was about Roger and his bunker drill, we don′t get much time with our last two groups, which is too bad. Next was Curtis from southern Missouri. He started prepping in 1999 for the old Y2K scare. Now he is concerned about the planet′s carrying capacity as over-population may crack civilization from stress. Speaking of over-population, Curtis has a B-I-G family! Some 60 immediate members. Along with his wife, they have some 10 children along with 35 grandchildren, not counting cousins, aunts and uncles. So Curtis intends to have a small army to survive the apocalypse.
A student of history, Curtis turns to ancient societies for answers in social structure, namely the Mayans. He also goes ancient when it comes to weaponry. At family gatherings, they all practice skills such as archery, hatchet throwing, and how to toss a spear using an atlatl. His farm has a good stock of rabbits, chickens and goats, so Curtis adds another protein source, a fish pond. He stocks it with a combination of catfish, bluegills and minnows to create a balanced ecosystem. Curtis scores a 63, giving him 9 months of survival.
Lastly, we have Carissa and Marcello in southern California. Carissa lost her job and home in the 2008 crash so she is prepping for another Great Depression. Her farm has various livestock, a garden and an 8,500 gallon water tank. She also raises mealworms to feed her chickens and herself. Just fry them up with a bit of oil and YUMMO! Crunchy goodness and 25% protein by weight. Since America imports 95% of its clothing from overseas, Carissa is learning how to spin yarn from scratch. An expert helps teach her but they soon realize that making yarn from dog and goat hair won′t cut it, so Carissa adds some of her own long hair to help out. She scores a mere 49, giving her just 4 months of survival.
Thus ends our recap and review of this week′s episode of Doomsday Preppers, ′Shepherds and Wolves′, which aired last night on the National Geographic Channel. Preppers come in all varieties, from individuals to large families. As we have seen, many have turned to prepping after personal losses due to past events which impacted their lives harshly. Through their preps, they plan on surviving should another sock in the jaw occur.