There is a new show on the National Geographic channel called “Doomsday Preppers.” I’ve known a few preppers in my life, I’m even related to some, so it’s not unfamiliar territory for me. And while the network, I feel, is trying to portray them as a little bit on the crazy side, I do really enjoy the show. Perhaps it’s because it scratches the prepper itch inside me or perhaps I just like the tone of the show (I’ve always been a fan of the post-apocalyptic). I suppose it doesn’t really matter. I just find it fun (and at times informative) TV.
I do have something of a prepper streak in me, at least when compared to my wife. Currently I working to finish out my plans to allow us 72 hours to a week of food and water just in case. This isn’t really an end of the world scenario but more of an idea that if something does happen locally that would keep me from being in my home, I wouldn’t have a problem making that work. It involves what I would call a two stage plan.
First will be what I call my “Out Bag” which will contain things I should always have with me. I have had type 1 diabetes for nearly 30 years and so I need to make sure I have a few days’ worth of insulin with me at all times. This with a variety of other items that I could need in the event of an emergency will make up the Out bag.
Second is the Bug out Bag. This will contain food/water/shelter for a few days to a week with other more “survival” geared items. I don’t have this planned out as far as the Out Bag and I’m currently doing research into what should go into it, so I’m open for suggestions.
Is the end of the world near? I think so. And while I don’t think it’s necessary to take prepping to the extreme that these people do, I certainly understand the desire. My confidence is more a reflection of my faith than anything else. If it wasn’t for my own personal views on how I think the “end of days” will play out, I could easily see me putting together the kind of systems I’ve seen on the show.
Good show though.