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Jennifer Lawson
Jennifer Lawson

Hmm I lost out on water. My water supply is a nearby pool. I'm not pleased.  I want to dowse for water in the woods out back. I hate the ticks...I'm in South Jersey. The ticks make it hard for me to plan a winter garden. Not pleased.  

Cheetah Carey
Cheetah Carey

My score is 31. Does anyone know where I can get MRE's? I am searching for a perfect bug out bag as well. Any tips?

Jens Gropp
Jens Gropp

My score is 35 going to store more food.

Tom Jackson
Tom Jackson

I think that the food stored should be based upon calories and not just pounds.  Calories per person is very important.  They even indicate that 2200 calories per person per day is recommended not number of pounds of anything.  I have 4.5 million calories which is about a year for 5 people yet got a rating of 2 months because of how many pounds of meat I had.  Haven't they heard of vegetable protein?  Also, the fuel that you have (wood, solar, propane, wind) is ok but I have my own natural gas well and a generator that runs on natural gas. I run everything on natural gas except for my refrigerator, freezer and lights.  I think water storage should consider water harvesting.  I get over 48 inches of rain per year and have a rain barrel farm for storage.  Tough to make some sort of prepper template to rate all situations.  Security is also a tough one.  If you think an AR15 is a good survival weapon then try shooting through a tree with it.  Ok to have one but have a 30-06 or .308 with some armor piercing will go through a lot.  It makes cover only concealment.  Do you need the same security in a rural area that is populated with about 5 person per sq. mi. as a suburban area?  This survey is ok but poorly developed to cover a lot of different situations.  Those that are survivalists that think they will live off the land will go pretty quickly.  Semper Paratus.

a h
a h

Not sure why this survey gives the extra points for a bunker. In my humble opinion... there isn't much difference between a bunker and a mausoleum. As soon as anyone discovers that you have a bunker, it becomes your tomb. If you have one professionally installed... every guy on the crew that installed it and all of your neighbors who watched the big truck roll in will know you have a bunker. I'm sure the federal government keeps records and will know as well. From there it's only a matter of time before some person or agency comes along to literally smoke you out and take your stash. Unless you can manage to build and stock one without any prying eyes at all and keep it completely hidden and secret, you are only gathering supplies for someone else.    

steven marsico
steven marsico

the pro's at dooms day preppers have given me a fair score of 77 but if they ever saw what i have in the way of my under ground bunker and weapons and ammo i used all of my SF  knowledge i have put together the bunker from modern and certain things from the past i would believe they might just change their minds and give me a higher score the bunker is rated for at the very least 35 years and with all the modifications to it i feel very safe as does my family we keep storing more items and other stuff in there its a home under ground and its not just a few feet under ground its more like a few hundred feet just thing of how deep an american nuke sub can dive and then think of my bunker certain areas are set up for command and control decon, family living qtrs,full modern eat in kitchen or use the dinning room ,living room , bed rooms, office , and the surrounding security areas you will not get past them.

PAUL PALADINO
PAUL PALADINO

16 - 20 THMS ,LOL  ~`OUR WATER SCORE IS LOW .. I THINK NOT.

Fawn M.
Fawn M.

I disagree w/the 2-4mths but i do agree w/the water storage supply amount. I am working on that. The hardest part of storing water is the having enough space to store it.

Phillip Lake
Phillip Lake

No matter how hard you try to survive it all you are still going to die in the end. If everyone spent as much time worrying about whats going to happen AFTER their dead as they do about trying to stay alive forever, we would all be better off. Prep as much as you can when all of your preps run out you will be killing to survive just like the people you are trying to prep against. I will take my chances and let God sort the rest out; after all, you can't kill me but one time.

Dale Plueger
Dale Plueger

Lucus needs to understand that if he is indeed a true chistian (a save perosn by the the work of Jesus Christ on the cross) then he will be raptured before all the events in Revelation speaks about.  If he and his family are not true Christians, they should repent and ask Jesus Christ into their hearts as both Lord and Savior.

Don not waste any more time or money on Doomsday prepping if you are born again.  If not, you will suffer the wrath of God way beyond what you can insulate yourself from.

Jack Handy
Jack Handy

Who needs to prep. I'm just going to hang out with the 1000 or so guys in my Battalion and send out raiding parties area to area taking what we need. Have more than enough Guns and Ammo.

Buck Sterling
Buck Sterling

 Uh..ya'll realize that these scores were never meant to mean anything, right?  This is just a data mining endeavor by National Geographic to grab all sorts of info which will be used by NSA and other crack-down agencies who will know the location and IP address from which you willingly offered this info.  Doomsday Preppers has been a hack show all along.  Some good stuff and entertaining, but no one serious would ever be on that show.  

So share your prepping info accordingly.

STEVE ROVITO
STEVE ROVITO

OK...I answered all the water questions to the max score and it  says my water score is low...really??? NatGeo needs to fix this as it is giving inaccurate scores. I am at max on everything except I don't own a diesel vehicle and no geo thermal..and my score is only 77...something is funny about this.

Brian MacBride
Brian MacBride

I don't like that this doesn't consider nomadic survivor's

Badger Johnsson
Badger Johnsson

Over 1,000 rnds ammo per firearm, 9 months of food and renewable water supply, secure defendable location, 'bugout' system in place, commo & medical covered, three person team with weapons and backwoods survival training, and that gives us only 4~8 months to survive? 

BS!

I want to see the judging criteria, since there does not seen to be any rhyme or reason for the scoring table!

Ro Ca
Ro Ca

milk. does anybody know if it falls under "meats"? and if so, how many ounces of powder, evaporated and/or condensed milk would equal 1 pound of meat?

Cheetah Carey
Cheetah Carey

I am still working on improving my food supplies. I still have a bit more of other supplies to get as well. I am trying to get my family involved, but they do not like the fact that I am stocking up on supplies.

Ken Isbell
Ken Isbell

I found that your food did not include edible oils. My favourite is olive oil.

Chuck Neff
Chuck Neff

I agree that everyone should be prepared. I don't think it's wise to broadcast your face and what you've got for the world to see though. Robert R. from one of the most recent episodes may not have given his full name but enough information was provided that I found it and his home address within minutes of watching. In this day and age, even the slightest amount of information can give you away. Too many crazies out there to worry about, and I'm not talking about Preppers!

Leslie Crofford
Leslie Crofford

All you people need a reality check as to where a disaster may come from.  Its not going to come from from Muslim terrorist unless they're used as patsies, but from our govt.  Example journalist David Chase Taylor.  He was seeking asylum in Switzerland for thwarting a 2011 false flag nuke attack at the Superbowl in Dallas and its not looking good for him.  All the attention has been on Snowden but needs to go to Taylor and he needs our help.

https://www.facebook.com/DavidChaseTaylor

Also I would like to add that Obama did an Executive Order in March 2012 where the govt can take all your seed, farm implements, the tomatos you grew in your garden if they want to.

http://www.naturalnews.com/035301_Obama_executive_orders_food_supply.html

Then theres our electrical grid system.  One simple EMP terrorist event could knock out electricity and city people not prepared are screwed.  The higher ups in govt & elitists will be secure in their underground cities they have already built.. Yes, people need to be prepared because the govt will only help you so much if they want to.

So I leave you with this:  "If the NWO agenda is not realized by the terror attacks in America and if Americans don't agree to give up their weapons, relinquish their sovereignty to the NWO (global govt) the next attack will be in the use of chemical, biological and/or atomic weapon against the American people.  The architects of the NWO will not hessitate to use as last resort an atomic or hydrogen bomb in a major American city."

                               NY Times Reference Opinion page 9/24/01

PS:  I can't find here I found that quote about 8 years ago.



 

William E Simpson
William E Simpson

Practical Preppers, LLC scoring of 'We Are The Marauders'

I have to say that I was amazed by the high score (‘82’) that was awarded to Mr. Smith by Practical Preppers, LLC, who judge the show, and who seem to have suddenly opened the flood gates for ‘easy high-scores’ in season three of the Doomsday Preppers series. It seems that above all things, Practical Preppers, LLC continues to provide irrationally high scores for seriously flawed high-risk survival strategies, especially ones that embrace the over allocation of firearms and risky paramilitary tactics in lieu of logically superior low-risk survival strategies. If the show was titled ‘Doomsday Militias’, I could see more logic in their scoring, however this is supposed to be a show about preparing for disasters and ‘staying alive’ during and after such disasters. This new scoring trend certainly demonstrates a lack of scoring standardization between seasons, and providing high-scores for manifestly defective strategies does nothing except to further diminish the already tarnished image of Preppers in the eyes of the mainstream American viewing audience (and media), further fueling misconceptions about the majority of real Preppers. Quite frankly, from my own chair, I have to now seriously question the competency of Practical Preppers, LLC as so-called ‘experts’ when it comes to judging the show and other Preppers.

Michael Cerulli Billingsley
Michael Cerulli Billingsley

There's something seemingly Calvanist about this.  Like Noah (the first "prepper"?) it's easy to scorn & judge that all others are inferior if they "don't look out for themselves"... like that "good prepper" did (being on the right side of Godliness).  I'd like to image that there are more attractive alternatives.  Terms like "co-prepper" (for neighbourhood preparedness, sharing and watching each other's backs) and even better, "community prep" where an entire small town decides to prepare for disaster together, pools its resources, creates sustainably-powered "refuge zones" with community kitchens, a health centre, limited municipal infrastructure (ie. fire-fighting, policing) and communal housing for persons with disabilites & chronic diseases, the elderly & the very young. The "survivalist" dog-eat-dog, us-against-the-rest kind of "prepper" isolationism is the best way to weaken a community & decrease one's chance of survival.  Communities (like New England towns & villages) which pull together during times of hardship or scarcity have always shown the greatest degree of resiience & survivabiility.  http://www.sharedsufficiency.org

g. james
g. james

@Cheetah Carey Please don't use mre's they are out of date most of the time, they only have a shelf life of 5 yrs, wise foods are good, mountain house brand is a good choice or you can make your own dehydrate your own and store in a air tight container, as far as a bob it depends on what you are planning to do and where you are going, I was military for 12 yrs SF, and a pilot, so I have years of experience but in the end it doesn't matter if you don't have what you need, I have 2 bob one I can survive for more than a week the other a few days, just a small 3 day bag can last you up to a week if you do it right, a knife and a way to get water is all you need to survive but that is all you would do is survive, get a good knife not one of those piece of s#$t with a hollow handle get a good knife, Kbar preferably or something similar, a couple of ways to start a fire personally I have 3 ways waterproof matches, lighter but these don't work to good if it is real cold, a way to make spark a blast match is a good choice, a way to purify water lifestraw or something similar some energy bars or something close, some way to defend yourself a knife is good a gun is better not some big cannon just a small hand gun and some good instruction with it if you are not familiar with weapons a revolver is good I know I will catch hell with this choice but a revolver over a auto is  a better choice less things to think about when you pull the trigger it always goes bang as a auto sometime they don't work if dirty or other problems, a couple of pairs of socks I know it sounds odd but if your feet get sore from being wet and you can't walk you won't survive.

I hope this helps I could go on forever but I'm not writing a book. 

James Greywolf
James Greywolf

@Cheetah Carey The perfect bag can be found at thrift stores and even Walmart. 

they only need to do three things,1 Hold a way to collect and filter water, 2 Contain a reliable fire starter and medium cutting blade, 3 Hold a good first aid kit.Anything more, and you make yourself a target. So be ready to defend yourself and take a life if need be (many will not survive for this reason alone) You can make your own "MRE's" (far better than Mil Rats)


James Greywolf
James Greywolf

@Cheetah Carey the perfect bug out bag is any light weight pack that contains at least.

1. means of starting fire, 

2. a good first aid kit.

3 a means of gathering and storing water for immediate use ( carrying it in buky is a waste of energy)

3. a means of protection- forget bartering, many will be protecting their stuff to the death. 

Don't be fooled by the peace love and fellowship BS. 

Many "Groups will panic and feed on each others stashes.


Alisha Heavner Lpn
Alisha Heavner Lpn

@Cheetah Carey budk sells wise food brands bobs with a basic survival kit and 5 days of food as well as entire food buckets. good prices too. wise also has a website but they are a bit pricey. good but pricey


Jennifer Lawson
Jennifer Lawson

@Tom Jackson  Why do you think that survivalists would die trying to live off the land? You can live off of tree bark and wild plants if need be. Dandelions, wild plants, herbs and tree bark is what the Native Americans gathered when traveling and the hunting was low.  

James Greywolf
James Greywolf

@Dale Plueger the word rapture was created to baffle the ignorant. - It appears no where in Gods word, and if you read your Bible you will learn that UNTIL JUDGEMENT NO one will enter heaven except his chosen. 

... the dead will sleep and know nothing of the living world... 

JAMES MAGNUM
JAMES MAGNUM

@Dale Plueger I TO AM BORN AGAIN , YOU MUST REMEMBER GOD IN HIS GRACE , GAVE YOU A BRAIN TO PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY FOR ???? THIS IS THE TRUTH...

JOSEPH WAS A GREAT  PREPPER.. HE PREPARED FOR  7 YEARS , AND THIS WAS FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE.. AHVE A BLESS WEEK

g. james
g. james

@Jack Handy Go ahead and try that when something bad happens your 1000 or so guys will leave and go home to protect their own and you will be left with just a few who will get shot in the face if you try to take anything from somebody else, come to my place and I will show you gladly how this will work, did I happen to mention I am retired army SF there are a lot of us out here so go ahead and give it a try.

James Greywolf
James Greywolf

@Jack Handy to raise arms against a citizen is treason... Unless you are an orphan, just imagine it happening to your own blood and your reaction. I'd rethink that line of ignorance troop.

Bob L.
Bob L.

@Jack Handy that's what prepping is for. To stop someone like you from taking other people's resources.

Kristen Cahen
Kristen Cahen

@Buck Sterling Do you really think people are sharing this survey from their bug out location? No I am sharing it from my living room hundreds of miles from my location. Therefore the govt doesn't know where I am or my location. I also have software to hide my IP and make it look like I am in another location. 

Kenny Watteny
Kenny Watteny

@Brian MacBride  yeah me neither... that's why I got such a low score lol.... they don't ask about your hunting capabilities or anything like that lol... I'm don't intend to stay somewhere very long.. :)

Dillon Hamilton
Dillon Hamilton

@Badger Johnsson hey the test u get on this is all practical preppers get from the preppers they don't see what the preppers have till the tv show airs talk to souther prepper on youtube he is ine of the practical preppers


Roxanne Newman
Roxanne Newman

@Ro Ca If you are using lets say 1/2 cup of milk three times a day then you will need 9 tablespoons of powdered milk (3 teaspoons per 1/2 cup).  X 30 days you will need 270 teaspoons.  There are 96 teaspoons in a pound so for a months worth powdered milk you would need roughly 3 pounds of powdered milk. Per month.  I don't use condensed milk for long term storage,  we have had the cans fail in the past.  Good Luck

Roxanne Newman
Roxanne Newman

@Ro Ca We have goats, but I would figure how much milk you use a day, x it by 30 and then figure out it in powder form.  If that helps

Roxanne Newman
Roxanne Newman

@Cheetah Carey Tell they FEMA is already over extended, if you had an emergency you will need it, we know from experience.  We had  a 12 day wild fire, never expected it

J. M.
J. M.

@Chuck Neff Did you actually see a picture of him and could ID him as the same individual on the show using that name? I ask because when there is no fingerprint confirmation of ID, sometimes an actual name will be used, just not his own, as fake, picture ID is EZ to come by. I had often wondered if they were not being too relaxed with their personal info.

James Greywolf
James Greywolf

@Leslie Crofford when it hits the fan, many troops will become free citizens by Cochise knowing that no one is there to protect their own.... Any Uniform raising arms against citizens is guilty of treason and during war the punishment doesnot include brig time...

Jennifer Lawson
Jennifer Lawson

@Michael Cerulli Billingsley  I agree...Being a lone prepper just isolates yourself...at the end of the world..you are the lone survivor. Dead to the core although alive. I went on the website. I love it. Hmm... but what about the Gaia theory- James Lovelock....www.guardian.com ....I love the science section or www.mnn.com - Mother News Network ..... I want a community prep with fenced off areas and moats with alligators....

Jarrett Barclay
Jarrett Barclay

@Craig Walker @Michael Cerulli Billingsley

Socialist, yes. But, I have to agree that in a "Lifeboat" situation in order to survive you better have people who will pull together to make "IT" work. No one can stay up all night guarding and then work growing food, gathering wood and etc.

Americans have become too self-centered and that will prove to be their Archilles Heel. Frankly, I think the ones [on this website] who redicule others often are blow-hards who have done nothing so they sneer to aleviate their own inadequacies ...

Be positive, you will accomplish more.