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.