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July Went
July Went

I might be able to survive 2-4 months. I need to have more food

peter fierck
peter fierck

do the experts take into account hunting and gathering or not???????!!!!!! maybe I should not go hunting or backpacking any more!!!

JOHN KINGOFEARTH
JOHN KINGOFEARTH

@peter fierck the error in hunting and gathering thought is everyone and their brother will be doing it,and all the game will disappear immediately. Sorry. But how hard is it really to buy some dry beans & rice&pasta?

Arun Ramasamy
Arun Ramasamy

I got a 40 acre farm double fenced electric on the inside. Abt 30000 chickens and enough to feed them for 2 years. A round the year vegetable garden. 5000 Gal diesel fuel always on site. Night vision, thermal cameras, 8 rottweilers and 3 other dogs. 6 wells, 80000 Gal water storage capacity, a machine shop. 15 people. A house that is 700 Sq.m 1 feet concrete walls. Reinforced steel doors and windows and backup for those doors. Loads of diesel vehicles from 4x4 to trucks. A long way away from anyone who is armed, except my group ofcourse.If you say I am only going to survive for 8-12 months, you are plain wrong.

Arun Ramasamy
Arun Ramasamy

I got a 40 acre farm double fenced electric on the inside. Abt 30000 chickens and enough to feed them for 2 years. A round the year vegetable garden. 5000 Gal diesel fuel always on site. Night vision, thermal cameras, 8 rottweilers and 3 other dogs. 6 wells, a machine shop. 15 people. A house that is 700 Sq.m 1 feet concrete walls. Reinforced steel doors and windows and backup for those doors. If you say I am only going to survive for 8-12 months, you are plain wrong.

john kingofearth
john kingofearth

@Arun Ramasamy dude if the SHTF ever happens you sound like you're gonna be OK for a millennium ! good for you. live long and prosper .

John Doe
John Doe

@Arun Ramasamy Arun (if that's your name lol) gotta call BS or more accurately Chicken S on your numbers. 30,000 chickens and enough grain to feed them for 2 years. I just moved to a property where I helped my landlord raise 60 chickens which was quite a bit of work.  I'm going to assume its a typo and you mean 3000 chickens which I used the following website to calculate

http://www.nutrenaworld.com/knowledge-center/poultry/how-much-does-a-chicken-eat/index.jsp

Assuming laying chickens at 1.5lbs/week not newly hatched which eat 6 times that amount. that's. 3000x1.5lbs x52 weeks in a year x 2 years = 468,000 pounds of feed which wouldn't keep and get eaten up by mice anyways. I'd say they nice folks at Nat Geo were being kind when they gave your story a rating of 8-12 months.  I'd recommend you spend more of your time learning how to hunt, trap, fish, farm, and rotate crops than tell tall tales. Good Luck in the real world brother.

kenneth long
kenneth long

 Folks, check out DRACES Pak.  its www.dracespak.com.  This is the best survival unit I have seen marketed to date.  Its got just about everything you need to shelter in place.  Really good idea.  

kenneth long
kenneth long

Folks, check out DRACES Pak.  its www.dracespak.com.  This is the best survival unit I have seen marketed to date.  Its got just about everything you need to shelter in place.  Really good idea.  

Hannan Ahmad
Hannan Ahmad

We need to dig deeper into the earth and find out ways to produce electricity as well as store food. This would enable us to win the war against asteroids and somebody would be able to survive as a human on the surface of the earth. http://schnap.com.au/

Cheetah Carey
Cheetah Carey

My score is now 40. I have found 2 bug out bags that look promising. I am still looking for not only MRE's, but night vision goggles too. Any tips on what type of location would be good for bugging out? I live in Western NY. I am thinking maybe the woods or forest?

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?

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


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)


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. 

john kingofearth
john kingofearth

@g. james @Cheetah Carey the error in your thinking about'a knife and a way to get water' is overlooking the fact that too many people will be suddenly trying to survive off the land. What game/wildlife there is will soon be exhausted. Best to save some dry beans,rice and canned meats of some kind, or go the Wise,Legacy,Mountain house direction. But do what you think is best ! Happy Trails .

Kenneth Kirk
Kenneth Kirk

@Cheetah Carey try your local gun range or search online.there is no such animal as a perfect bugout bag you have to build one to fit your own needs


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.


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.

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.  

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.

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

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... 

John Doe
John Doe

@Dale Plueger I don't want to split theological hairs but who knows if God would allow any disaster, short of TEOTWAWKI and not call it the Apocalypse or end times.  Not going to worry about the rapture, or timing because as Mark 13:32 says, "But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

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.

Bob L.
Bob L.

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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

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.. :)