The National Geographic channel aired a new episode of Doomsday Preppers, ′You Said It Was Non-Lethal′, last night. So, once again we delve into the world of the growing prepper movement as we meet with three new preppers. One husband and wife team have a secret garden of life and death, growing both food and poisonous plants. In Los Angeles, Jim Lebus is a one-man army ready for a mega-earthquake. Then we meet a teenage prepper in Virginia who puts his buddies through a bug-out drill. Are they ready for the next disaster or have they bitten off more than they can chew?
Rick Austin and ′Survival Jane′ left there high paying corporate careers for the seclusion of the Appalachians after becoming fed up with urban crime. They are prepping for an EMP event caused by a solar flare. Living on top of a mountain, Rick and Jane are off the grid, ready to make a last stand for humanity. In addition to the usual garden and livestock we have seen before, they also have beehives and a secret garden. The garden is camouflaged, hiding concentric circles of fruit trees, rung by berry bushes which are then rung by herb plants. Rick has published a book on utilizing botany for survival.
Rick likes to use thorny bushes for an outer perimeter defense to tear-up any intruders. An inner defense ring is armed with sprayers that can remotely fire a stream of nasty pepper spray made by themselves using Trinidad scorpion peppers. While making a batch for the show, the fumes even penetrated their respirators, sending Rick and Jane outdoors to breath again. Jane also makes an herbal sanitizer to ward off bacteria and such. The couple also grow some poisonous plants in the event that they have any unwelcome visitors. A little foxglove in the soup might come in handy. They score an 89, giving them 20 months of post-apocalyptic survival. Impressive!
Jim Lebus lived through the 1987 Whittier earthquake in southern California. One of his neighbors died from falling bricks. So Jim is prepping for another major earthquake in the Los Angeles area. As scientific analyst, he earns a living testing gadgets and this inspires him to invent many of his own. One such invention he keeps in his car, along with two-weeks worth of food, is a walking spear. The cane-like device has many attachable heads, making it a versatile tool. With 10 million people and 7.5 million cars to contend with, Jim is ready to bug out where ever he may be. He wears some 70 preps on his vest and clothing.
Jim also helps others learning to become preppers. Visiting the home of Dan, Jim points out many hazards which may cause injuries during an earthquake. He also show Dan how to use a cheap, disposable camera to rig a taser-like electro-shocker on the front door knob. An intruder will get a quick zap then move to the next house to rob. Jim also demonstrates his invention of a fireball gun. Basically a paintball gun, the rounds contain a mix of glycerin or magnesium. When mixed together on a target, a fire will start. Jim tells Dan the weapon is non-lethal, but when he fires about ten rounds at a target, it bursts into flames. Dan doesn′t think its very non-lethal. Jim doesn′t think much about Practical Preppers and refuses to be scored.
Finally, we have Jack Houston, a 16-year old prepper from Alexandria, Virginia. He learned an important lesson on being able to handle emergencies when he came home and found his father dying. Later, Hurricane Sandy flooded parts of the city, doing some damage. So Jack is prepping for another major hurricane. Having been a Boy Scout since the age of 11, he already knew many things on survival. Jack plans to bug out before a storm hits, either by bicycle or by kayak. But when he and his buddy James try carrying a kayak loaded with supplies to the Potomac River, they quickly realize that they need wheels.
Jack gathers a group of teenage preppers to do a bug out drill. They head for a wooded area with their Go-Bags and set up a camp. A trip wire defense is established to protect them. They forage for fish, frogs and grubs to satisfy their food needs. At night, the group splits in two to practice a simulated marauder raid. Jack leads the marauder team against the prepper team with the objective being to steal the Go-Bags. Using paint ball guns, the drill ends with mixed results. Some bags were stolen but there were many casualties. Jack scores a 51, giving him just 4 months to survive.
So ends Doomsday Preppers ′You Said It Was Non-Lethal′ which aired last night on National Geographic. Rick and Jane were certainly impressive, scoring a whopping 89. That has to be among the highest scores of the series. Too bad Jim didn′t want to be scored but I can understand. The scoring system is a puzzlement at times. Jim should have done well being so inventive and organized. As for young Jack, he has a long way to go but at least he is on the right path.