Doomsday Preppers

I promise you, that having written this post, I will not write about this program in the future, but just bear with me for this one.  We have seen some strange reality shows, from the HWs, which now seem benign in contrast, to Hoarders, to people who dress like wildlife, or even, some adults who choose to live as infants in onesies and cribs.  The people who appear on “Doomsday Preppers” are no less disturbing.

There are people in this country who are preparing for some catastrophic event which will annihilate most of the world as we know it.  They are busily studying all types of disasters from volcanoes and tsunamis to nuclear war.  They are making preparations so that they will survive such things, and they believe that they will carry on their lives in the aftermath, because they have done so.  Let me tell you, they are serious about this and, quite frankly, think that the rest of us are just too dumb to not follow suit.  The people involved in these activities also believe that, if we, the unprepared one, should happen to survive, we will become the enemy, and will turn to these geniuses for help.

The measures that these folks have gone to in order to be the chosen ones is nothing less than jaw dropping.  They are stock piling food, water, medical supplies and, oh yes, ammunition.  You see, when we, the zombies, come stumbling out of our meager shelters, there will be a war between us and those who have thought ahead about this.  We are going to attack them for their food, supplies and money.  It’s going to get ugly.  It’s going to be something like a George Romero movie, which, in my opinion, these people have seen too many of.

One example of how these people have prepared comes from a couple who actually live at a former nuclear missile sight, inside the blast-proof bunker, below ground.  I can’t imagine what they have spent on gutting the place to make it homey.  They have electric gates and high-tech security systems to view the perimeter of their property.  A security specialist actually attempted to breach their disaster ready land armed with a rifle to make sure that the couple could see him and secure their bunker before he could attack them.  The wife had done a lot of canning of vegetables and no one wants to see those taken, particularly by zombies.

Another couple, who have a six year old daughter, by the way, are also stock piling for the big one.  They are sure that they have enough to make it for a year and have turned their basement into their fortress.  The husband spends his time, when not working his 9 to 5 job, making his own charcoal gas masks.  They, too, have purchased weapons, and are particularly fond of the Glock 9mm, knowing that this is the weapon of choice by law enforcement, thereby ensuring that ammunition will be plentiful after all hell breaks loose.  They hold drills, and even have code words.  They tell their daughter that when Mom or Dad says “SHTF” – shit hit the fan – they will gather up their pre-packed belongings, stuff the cat in a carrier and head for the basement.  They are very conscious of the time it takes for a successful drill and understand that there is always room for improvement.

Now, I really don’t care about folks who want to be crazy.  There are groups, out there among us, who are doing and believing all sorts of things that don’t make sense to the rest of us.  My only concern is that they drag their children into their insanity.  I found myself wondering what it must be like to be a child amongst all this madness and paranoia.

There is a related program which details the types of bunkers some of these people have built.  You can catch up on that yourselves, but I think you already have a pretty good idea about all of it.  I only watched a couple of episode before realizing that this was just a bunch of people who have driven themselves a little mad by spending too much time on the internet, buying into conspiracies and the rantings of others so inclined.

I posted this because I needed to take a little time off from reading about the Supreme Court and health care and the Trayvon Martin case.  That stuff can make you just as crazy.  So hunker down, buy some tinfoil and be safe out there.


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31 Responses to Doomsday Preppers

  1. Butter'sMom says:

    I have seen this program a few times and was kind of saddened by the whole thing. What really struck me is how they each focus on a specific end of civilization scenario. Some are sure it will be economic collapse, some super volcano in Yellow Stone, some the poles shifting and many others. They fixate on one type of disaster. Why not for any type in general?

    • Butter’sMom,
      I think that, even if you asked them for a reasonable, coherent and rational explanation for how they came to their conclusions, it still wouldn’t pass muster. Sometimes, for our own sanity, the fringe lunatics should simply be observed, from a safe distance.

    • Viewer 5 says:

      Butter – I’m interested in knowing what the nuclear bunker people will do in the case of a flood.

  2. Adgirl says:

    I think these people are hoarders with a persecution complex. Sort of like wife hoarders … err .. polygymists.

    I live where there are a lot of earthquakes. I read if you have these 2 items you can probably survive most disasters: Motocycle and shotgun.

    There really is a super volcano under Yellowstone . weird I know.

    • Butter'sMom says:

      Yes, I knew about the volcano
      (Which is kind of bizarre) but the funny part was the guy who was worried about it lived in New York City. He as afraid of the ash cloud and all the experts said the cloud wouldn’t reach there if it did go off! People are strange. I live with a NASA engineer-physicist who watched with me and he really lost it with all these guys. Especially the pole shifters!

    • PussyGalore says:

      After the Loma Prieta earthquake, which at 7 on the Richter Scale, really did shake my world, I decided perhaps I really should have an earthquake safety kit and stash or whatever you want to call it. So I got a couple of extra gallons of water and more batteries, another flashlight, a box of matches and a few other things which I kept in a box in the garage. After awhile though I got tired of replacing the water and when the batteries finally expired I decided, to hell with it. I continued to live in the Bay Area for another 14 yrs. after that and never did have need for an Earthquake Preparedness Kit, as it turned out.

  3. thedesigndiva2 says:

    I think these doomsday preppers are WHACKS…
    I have already seen how the END will come…
    The same it started..
    With a BIG BANG… Poof… over in a second…before you can say Wh….???
    There will be NO need for any of this crap these people are hoarding….
    The day will come…maybe not in OUR lifetime… that we will just cease to exist…

    • hey dd,
      I’ve told hubby that if these are the kinds of people who are going to be left, I’ll just gather the critters, park my butt in a lawn chair out front and just wait for whatever is going to happen. LOL!

  4. thedesigndiva2 says:

    ATTENTION…. The Following was recorded FORTY SEVEN YEARS AGO…. Aptil 03…1965

    47 Years Ago…Amazing Prediction by Paul Harvey

    Do you remember the famous ABC radio news commentator Paul Harvey?
    Millions of Americans listened to his programs which were broadcast over 1,200 radio stations nationwide.
    The following commentary was broadcast 47 years ago…. April 3, 1965.
    I hope you will listen to this. It’s short…less than 3 minutes.
    Notice especially what he said in 7 seconds, from 1:57 to 2:04 in the broadcast.

    WEIRD and SO TRUE…… It’s a shame more people did not listen back then..
    The same can be said for all the things US OLD HIPPIES used to talk about back in the day..We were the soothsayers of the time..and no one listened..Instead they pointed fingers at us and made faces….UH HUH

    • Paul Harvey was nothing if not controversial, having been friends with men like FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Sen. Joe McCarthy and the Reverend Bill Graham, but you always knew where he stood – whether you agreed with him or not.
      I used to listen to him once in a while – well, hell, my tastes are all over the place, from the Doomsday bunch to al Jazeera news – and he could certainly provide food for thought.
      The fact that he recorded this 47 years ago is more than eery.

    • melthehound says:

      And Now we know, the Rest of the story.

  5. melthehound says:

    The world has been ending for at least the last 2012 years. I think it’s come to an end at least 5 times in my lifetime if not more. When I was in grade school, we were going to be turned into Popsicles within the next 20 years by the coming ice age. By the time I finished college, we were going to be burnt to a crisp by global warming. I agree with the latter scenerio in that we will all become charcoal briquettes but Not by ‘man made’ global warming (what a farce). Instead by a big bang. The explosion of the sun. At that point, no amount of wifey putting up preserves or whack job hubby lugging around a case of 9mm ammo is going to stop, or protect anyone from, The End of times.

    • Yes, Yes, and oh, did I say Yes?!
      You’re more than welcome to borrow a lawn chair while we chug down Coronas on our way out. 🙂

      • melthehound says:

        I don’t drink but on that particular day, I’ll accept the invite for the cold one. It will be real warm and toasty and the following day, it won’t matter anymore. So keep one in the cooler for me.

    • Adgirl says:

      I always figured some damn fool would drop an atomic bomb and we’d all be annilated in the next war and the famine. I give us 300 years before humans are gone. Then the cockroaches and crocodiles will live on with the next version of life on earth.

      So me bad – I don’t worry terribly much about fossil fuels running out. I’m planning on becoming a fossil fuel myself.

      Dos mas cuervas, por favor.

  6. Donna says:

    Because we lose electricity during the summer and at least once during the winter, I do keep an emergency kit. A couple of times the water was shut off for main repairs. I just filled up the bathtub to flush the toilet. We have hand cranked lanterns and radios among other things. I have a gas stove no problem just can’t use the oven. Before everything went digital here we had a tv the could be played off the cars interior plug in. We have battery operated tv that doesn’t do a good job, total waste of money.

  7. Donna says:

    In his youth my husband was in a Tornado. We looked at tornado shelters and they are terribly expensive, some of them leak. They were small in size. Who has that kind of money for a bomb/dooms day shelter? Not the average person. I guess I will also be sitting on my lawnchair drinking pepsi.

  8. Lisa Renee says:

    Good evening everyone, My husband is conviced the world is going to end on 12-21-2012, excuse me, hahahaha. This crap started about 5 years ago. My first response was thanks, good to know-no x-mas shopping. Then the gloom & doom which i managed to tune out most of the time. Always always stating we will survive but have no infrastructure. We needs guns, food shelter everything you could imagine. So I told him to start a list. Finally when I couldn’t hear about it anymore I told him to STFU until you have a real plan, start digging, let me know when you’re done, then we can begin stocking up to die SMH. Its been almost a year since he has brought it back up. Then he saw this show & found his people. Just when I thought he was out they sucked him back in 🙂 I swear I laughed dead in his face. The only thing i am totally prepared for are hurricanes. That shit is real. We have mac daddy generator & I can host alot of people in my house for at least 3 weeks. Doesnt mean squat if the house loses its roof lol. I always have a glass a wine in my hand cause if i am going to lose my home I want to be buzzed. Great blog, shout out to jeff, DD & adgirl {{{{waving hello}}}}} Lisa

    • Lisa, That is too funny. My hubby watches all of that Nostradamus, Mayan calendar stuff, too. I kind of had the same response – I told him I would stop paying the mortgage and utility bills. I figured by the time they came after us, we’d all be long gone. 🙂 Shall I reserve another couple of lawn chairs – we’re filling up fast.
      We have problems with tornadoes here and we’re smack dab in the middle of the season.

      • Lisa Renee says:

        Empress, my dd looked at him & said so why should I stay in school, that shut him down for a while. Tornados have hurricanes beat, I will keep good thoughts for you. I get to prepare for days & you have moments. After losing my home from hurricane Opal, my home & the gulf were seperated by nothing but sand dunes & sea oats, Paradise to a city girl. Tornados IMO are scarier to live with. Yes, please reserve a chair I love a good light what you got, pour what you like, putyour head between your bended knees & kiss your ass good bye party.

    • thedesigndiva2 says:

      LISA… long time NO SEE…. Hows it going ??????


      wiggling painted toes back at ya …. with sand in between…WHITE SANDS from the COAST


      • Lisa Renee says:

        Hi DD, I have been lurking & feeling quite. I am glad things are getting better for you 🙂 I keep track of you, but I am not a stalker I swear. I follwed y’all over here from Lynns & fell in love with Empress. She writes about the most interesting things with great style & the comments are great so I have been hanging over here also. Mostly lurking 🙂
        You would cry if you saw P’cola Beach since oil spill. No more sugar white sand, so sad.

        • thedesigndiva2 says:

          LISA.. No prob… I had a stalker when I was in the hospital last year… 2 more when I worked at the local burger joint….. LOL LOL
          ITS ALL GOOD…..
          I think I would cry if I saw all that WHITE SAND …… I LOVED being up there back in the late 70’s….. then off to New Orleans…. WORK RELATED with hubby at the time….
          I hated NO…UGH

          • IceMeNot says:

            Diva dear Diva,
            You sound cheerful tonight! I’m praying to the Master of all good Plumbers to make sure your house is in good repair,
            IceMeNot aka IMmnnn lol

  9. klmh says:

    Ha! These folks have always been our neighbors, relatives and friends. I have a sister that is paranoid and she is always worrying about the end of the world. I think so far, the number of times the earth should have been destroyed is up to 4.

    Our neighbor living beside us when we were kids chose to have an elaborate nuclear shelter put in his back yard. It wasn’t just a hole in the ground. Anyway my father asked us kids if we wanted a bomb shelter or join a country club with all its amenities, and we decided if everyone else was gone, why would we want to be the last survivors. The club won out and we had many happy years as members there.

    They are amongst us and have always been there.

  10. IceMeNot says:

    Hey y’all,
    Found you! Today is Doomsday Awareness Day. Ok, when I was young and fell into the hippie philosophy, I lived in the wilderness and learned to live off the land. Now I’m older and live off my credit cards and watch t.v. Maybe this place will tune up the battery in my prefrontal cortex?
    Night, and good to be among old friends,
    IceMeNot or IMMMNNNnnnnn

    • thedesigndiva2 says:

      Icemenot….. she’s an old hippie….. LOL
      Loved that…I still have and wear tie dyed t shirts…. I will go down in a vat of RIT DYE and rubber bands….
      How is the BOOK doing ??
      Well I hope…….

      Hugs and GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE


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