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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

Robert Plowman
Robert Plowman

I won't say what have, but will say one thing that hasn't been addressed is bartering preps, never mind booze, I make my own, buy enough supplies to make a case every 2 weeks, buy silver each month, No one has mentioned stocking lead ! When and if you run out of ammo, and you have the capabilities to manufacture your own, you need lead. You really want to be out taking lead weights off of car tire's and leaving yourself exposed ? Have been buying from a repair shop and tire shop old weights, melting them down into 10 oz bars for trade !

Robert Plowman
Robert Plowman

This kid thinks he's going to take my supplies? My weapons? You won't hear it coming !

joe lion
joe lion

this guy  that is going to take my weapons and ammo and food he is a fool for puting his face on   natisonal tv you made  a terrorist threat on national tv   

Layne Landis
Layne Landis

According to the score It does not jive with the amount of food I have or water. But I know I need more water and an alternate power source and fuel for that. 

Work in progress

scott lefeber
scott lefeber

I had a score of 49.  I do nothing in regards to "prepping".  It's just how I live.  The suggestion they gave me was to have 1000 rounds of ammo per weapon?  that's crazy!  Since I have  10 guns, I would have enough ammo to take out every person within 15 miles.  With my half dozen neighbors, we could fend off half the state!

I'm sure the big cities would be chaos, but in ruralville, we would work together to survive as a community. 

My question is this.

If you were the last person alive, would you want to be?

John Y
John Y

The scoring system is like any grade, it only gives you an idea of how weak or strong you are you are on paper. The survey is here only to let you know the areas you need to improve. I think it is also geared for people who have not started doing anything to prepare. Dont be so hung up on the score.

Kevin Bartalos
Kevin Bartalos

You know what you've got. You know what you can do. You know who you've got. No one can "score" it. Do you need to do more? Can you do more? Can we learn from others? There is no way to know exactly what will happen in the future. Maybe every scenario conceived will take place. A super volcano erupts after a meteor hits the earth. Earthquakes take place and the electrical grid collapses. In the end, the governments bio-labs or nuclear power plants are compromised and a zombie apocalypse ensues. Is it possible to be too prepared? I don't think so. I will keep doing more. I am ready. 

Joe C
Joe C

This is an incomplete scoring program. I have over 2000 gallons of water per person stored, but I can't enter that value. I also have a pond, well, stream, and purification system, but it doesn't give me any increased value for that. I have an aquaponics system, but there's no allowance for that. Multiple methods of heating/cooling the home and cooking get no points. I have a surgeon and 2 battlefield medics in my group, but there is no way to enter this info. My water score is low, only because I can't enter all my info in here.

You guys really need to get this working better.

Kevin Bartalos
Kevin Bartalos

To all God fearing Christians: Ya, a rapture will occur before the return of The Lord. But how bad will it get before that day comes? Christ tells us to be prepared and keep our lamps lit. Keep the faith. Get ready. The Day of The Lord is coming. We are closer now than ever before. If you don't believe in Christ, read the Bible. Everything that is happenning now was written about 2000 years ago. And I know that wasn't just a coincidence. Wish we'd all been ready. Peace

mike garfield
mike garfield

so who do you think is the best prepper of all

Daniel Halsey
Daniel Halsey

 Most prepping I see concerns consumption rather the production. I know many people do not have land, but I am not quite understanding of where one might bug out to, if they do not have a place prepared. I have been studying and designing ecological systems since 2003 and in the past few years have been hired by a number of people to help them develop their land to be sustainable. It is really the ultimate proper system to have food and resources growing all around you especially when most of the public would never recognize it as food. I have also found that it does not take more than a couple acres to do this, depending upon whether or not you live in a climate that will sustain enough plants for continual and sustainable harvest.


Recently in a class I was teaching for Permaculture design, sustainable practices in landscape food production systems, I was asked about where one might go when there is a problem. We talked about it and after some thought, it seemed that this would be no different than any other catastrophe. We are prepared to find a place of safety until the danger has passed. Whether it is a tornado, tsunami, flood, civil strife, economic collapse, or fire, we look for a place of safety and hopefully we have planned for that ahead of time. Sooner or later we are going to want to return to our home unless we have another home to go to.

Most of the semi/neo-preppers I have worked with are not nearly the extreme people you see on this site. They are planning carefully and for the long-term and bringing me in to develop an ecological life support system rather than a technological or consumerist resource system. Planting perennial root crops and building resource zones are just 2 examples of a lifestyle that is resilient rather than a lifestyle that is reactionary. Building the skills and living the life as if the crisis has already occurred to some degree will be much better than learning to swim when you have never entered the water.

There are 3 things you can change to get ready with progressive difficulty. Cultural change, change your habits and your lifestyle so that it is less dependent upon the economic system and the fragile social structure. Ecological change, develop your living system based on ecological services rather than technology and processed consumerism. Nature will supply everything you need if you are willing to be part of the natural system. Technological change is very difficult for those who are dependent upon all the gadgets, But if you remove the gadgets you will remove a huge amount of maintenance and replacement cost to maintain these items which are mostly entertaining more than practical.

Daniel Halsey
Daniel Halsey

Most prepping I see concerns consumption rather the production. I know many people do not have land, but I am not quite understanding of where one might bug out to, if they do not have a place prepared. I have been studying and designing ecological systems since 2003 and in the past few years have been hired by a number of people to help them develop their land to be sustainable. It is really the ultimate proper system to have food and resources growing all around you especially when most of the public would never recognize it as food. I have also found that it does not take more than a couple acres to do this, depending upon whether or not you live in a climate that will sustain enough plants for continual and sustainable harvest.


Recently in a class I was teaching for Permaculture design, sustainable practices in landscape food production systems, I was asked about where one might go when there is a problem. We talked about it and after some thought, it seemed that this would be no different than any other catastrophe. We are prepared to find a place of safety until the danger has passed. Whether it is a tornado, tsunami, flood, civil strife, economic collapse, or fire, we look for a place of safety and hopefully we have planned for that ahead of time. Sooner or later we are going to want to return to our home unless we have another home to go to.

Most of the semi/neo-preppers I have worked with are not nearly the extreme people you see on this site. They are planning carefully and for the long-term and bringing me in to develop an ecological life support system rather than a technological or consumerist resource system. Planting perennial root crops and building resource zones are just 2 examples of a lifestyle that is resilient rather than a lifestyle that is reactionary. Building the skills and living the life as if the crisis has already occurred to some degree will be much better than learning to swim when you have never entered the water.

There are 3 things you can change to get ready with progressive difficulty. Cultural change, change your habits and your lifestyle so that it is less dependent upon the economic system and the fragile social structure. Ecological change, develop your living system based on ecological services rather than technology and processed consumerism. Nature will supply everything you need if you are willing to be part of the natural system. Technological change is very difficult for those who are dependent upon all the gadgets, But if you remove the gadgets you will remove a huge amount of maintenance and replacement cost to maintain these items which are mostly entertaining more than practical.

Layne Landis
Layne Landis

I am a beginning Prepper. I do not have much money and I have to be careful what to buy and such. I do plan to get as much as I can. It will take some time. And for the record I am prepping for a Just in case. Anything could happen. The Nat Geo episode Amewrican Black out shpowed me the need for water and I still have to little.

William E Simpson
William E Simpson

Greetings!

Having seen the episode depicting 'underwater caches', I had to jump in here to keep it real, and to keep people from making a huge mistake by taking this idea to heart... it's nothing more than a TV stunt, and has NO real application for Preppers! 

So what qualifies me to make any comment on this in opposition of the gents at Practical Preppers? Well, for one thing, I am a PADI certified DiveMaster with more than 1,000 day and night dives all around the world over the past 35 years, including underwater mining and SAR work. My certification can be found at my website (link below).

Here's the real scoop: First of all, when you place objects on the bottom of the ocean or rivers, you run the very real risk that currents will deposit debris over the top of the object, and this is in addition to the host of marine organisms that will grow on any underwater surface, thereby camouflaging the object and making it very difficult to re-locate.

Secondly; when you are in a ‘survival mode’ the last thing you want to do is to burn more calories than is necessary (calories = food). Even assuming your wet/dry suit keeps your core temperature constant, and prevents shivering (shivering alone uses 400 calories/hour), snorkeling/diving will use about 500 calories per hour as compared to hunting (walking average pace), which uses about one-half as many calories per hour (250 calories/hour).

Third; while you are in open placing your cache, or searching for your lost cache, you will be exposed to potential onlookers, who may take advantage of your situation by meeting you when you return to shore, exhausted and vulnerable.

Fourth; if for any reason you become injured or suffer an equipment failure, you may never be able to recover any of the so-called ‘underwater caches’.

The fact that the gents at Practical Preppers though so highly of this concept shows how little they really know about diving and related matters. This is a clear example of why real actual experience is necessary when discussing preparedness concepts. Pretending doesn’t work and ‘selling’ this as a means for caching supplies only serves as a real disservice to all the viewers of the show. It’s the most obtuse idea I have seen on the show to date!

Cheers! Capt. Bill

Capt. William E. Simpson – USMM

http://www.WilliameSimpson.com

Twitter:@NauticalPrepper

Hazel Maunder
Hazel Maunder

Have been learning to hunt. Shot my first deer this month. 

Havilah Homestead
Havilah Homestead

This score rating system is full of the stuff that comes out of the back end of my cows.I took the test several times filling in all questions at max, the highest score you can get is an 82. Now according to the show there are five categories each with a possible score of 20. The highest rating for water is 15 and the remarks at the end say I need to think about expanding my water storage. Yet it maxes out the stored water at 200 gal and that having a well, spring, river, lake and pond within a mile add nothing to the score. Again with the food it sets limits to the amounts which I find to be minimums not maxes. Shelter is a max of 17 even in a rural area with temperate weather with a bunker all maxed out fuels and styles of heating and cooking. Don’t get me started with the security portion of this test. Five gun max, 1000 round each don’t make me laugh and a non lethal option. You know what I call non lethal, shoot them in the foot! I think this score of having 16 – 20 months of survival time is useless. Don’t plan to survive plan to thrive.

john aaron
john aaron

cant wait till tonight new episode of doomsday  Preppers.

William E Simpson
William E Simpson

Greetings Nat. Geo Fans!  

If you're interested in learning more about how to survive a real disaster or even something as bizarre as 'World War Z', then check out my new book 'The Nautical Prepper'.

If you want to learn more about my new book: John Wesley Smith (Destiny Survival) just posted a Book-Review on the book, and he spills a few of the beans. Some of you may recall, my episode was Season-Two Episode-15 'A Fortress At Sea' (Capt. William E. Simpson). Check this link to see the Book Review: http://destinysurvival.com/2013/10/11/a-nautical-prepper-talks-about-bugging-out-to-sea-part-1/

My blog is also loaded with original articles that deal with a host of prepping and survival issues; equipment, tactics and other considerations for serious-minded practical Preppers: http://www.WilliameSimpson.com

Cheers! Capt Bill

Capt. William E. Simpson - USMM

Semper Veritas / Semper Paratus


Terry Cobb
Terry Cobb

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6 God will rapture up his faithful followers the best prepping you can do is pray stay faith trust in God he will not let you down he sent Jesus to die did he not have a little more faith than you do fear is a lack of faith. If you are a Christian you will be gone when the end starts.If you are here don't loose faith in him try your best to avoid the mark of the beast die for your faith first teach others to do the same your strength will be reward don't become a savage be a man of go walk like Jesus you will be testes greatly

parasite neet
parasite neet

This survey is kind of ridiculous. When you're physically fit and adept, you are capable of more with less. This survey is under the presumption that you must be inept and dependent on consumer goods and very limited in ability. I literally hike 4.25 miles to jog 2.25 - 4.25 miles for a total of 6.50 - 8.50 miles in foot travel, for fun. In other words, I can easily travel 3.25 - 4.25 miles one way, but this survey has me limited to 1 mile for water due to "safety threats"? I don't know if any of you ever leave the house, but the biggest threat to people, is people. When SHTF the last thing you want to do is become complacent and confined to an area, particularly 'urban and suburban' locations, where people are most concentrated. You want to move and keep moving. Supplies will slow you down and lack of skills will get you killed. And not killed by hostile threats, but simply by being exposed to the elements. These preppers are literally nothing but the act of consumption, pit stops for thieves and killers, whom aren't stupid and won't just waltz up to your front door and announce their intentions. They may use stealth, deception and even sheer numbers, and they don't even wait until SHTF.

Mark Williams
Mark Williams

cant wait till tonight new episode of doomsday castle


Corey Reynolds
Corey Reynolds

Hey, What is the best way to place cargo crates so that it wont affect the crops and the animals in the inside? because I am planning to survive before I can get the things I need. any tips for prepping above ground?

Laima Simanavichus-Oram
Laima Simanavichus-Oram

I also want to add, they've destroy my car the lawn mower and stole my garbage disposal, who does that? It's a nightmare. I have no family in America. And my family worked hard to came back here after we were relieced from Soviets. It was so terribly sad, when Mother was laying in the hospital bed and look at me and said "why did we fight so hard to come to America. This country doesn't care" And this, an MIA POW American citizen who fought both the Communists the Nazis and then the Commis again with whom, she was sent 15 years hard labor North of rthe Artic Circle. That was better the Lanham MD?

Laima Simanavichus-Oram
Laima Simanavichus-Oram

Okay, I'm going to tell a story that you'd think wouldn't happen in these days of prepping and families in the suburbs working together helping each other for a common cause, especially the elderly, widows, and the disabled  neighbors... Well, Not here. And this story is so insane everytime I look for help. And for fear of more reprisal I haven't written the story out.

My late mothers home, where I've been living since after my husband died, has been a target of vandals,thugs, robbers, an thieving housewives. This started a good 10 years ago and I don't know how they get in. 

Right in the beginning I noticed that food disappearing even before I had time to put in the fridge. Bags and bags of cloths have been dragged away that I started to write my name in them as if I was going off to camp. I might make a joke but this is scary because they have attacked me while I was sleeping, braking my nose,left cheek and I lost 7 teeth. They've stolen jewelry, shot up the art in the basement and there seems no end to their insanity. I've put in 3 different alarms, with me paying for the so called false trips. We didn't set them,yet the police couldn't be bothered in fact one Detective offered to take and hold my handguns until the issues were settled. When I went to retrieve my property, I was told there wasn't any guns under my name. I had to hire a lawyer to get the Sig and two others. Later I found that he had taken my knife collection. He returned 2 letter openers and my confirmed that "This SOB had no intention of returning my guns".  

So the cops will not help and in fact have posted that I'm a compulsive caller and when I open the door with a black eye, they tell me that it was self inflicted. Yah, I love it when they come over.

Let me just say, my mom has lived here, that is before she died 2 years ago, 50+ years. And the kids (men now) in the neighborhood grew up with nothing to do but get in trouble. There's so much crazy stuff happening here that it would take a long time to spill it all out. 

The point I need to stress is that these houses were prefab and as a young girl my dad and grandfather work at putting them together. So the fact the house moves doesn't surprise me. Down the street I found that the Hispanic families have dug into their backyards and placed those metal habitats and concreted over the place they laid 'em. 

Couple of years before I moved back. My parents were away and I came by to check the house, only to find a guy on a small Bulldozer & Backhoe digging up the front side corner of their home. When I asked him if he had a permit, he told me they were changing the gas meters. Which meant they had to get access to the inside. They said no, but the next day I saw that they HAD to get in to change the pipes.  There's so much going on here, that I need help. Advice anything. They've stolen all my jewelry now and since the police ignore me, It's gotten real bad.


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. McCrary
J. McCrary

@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.

Badger Johnsson
Badger Johnsson

@Robert Plowman 

Woah! 

NEVER trade/barter either ammo OR the makings for ammo, since they will likely use that to atempt to take whatever else you have, since you have enough to trade/barter to them!!!

Do NOT give the potential enemy any means to defeat or harm you!!!

shin0bi272 x
shin0bi272 x

@parasite neet I run with a 50lb weight vest on so I know how you feel but the point they are trying to make is people will see you running around with a pack on and shoot you for your stuff so you dont wanna be outside. What I mean by shoot you is with a deer rifle from 500-700yds away from a tree when you arent looking. 

Elizabeth Nead
Elizabeth Nead

@Laima Simanavichus-Oram  get out of there. Nothing there is worth your life and that is about all you have left. There are some places that are so corrupt there is no help to be found and it sounds like you are in it. I would pack what I could and walk to a small town about 2 hours away and tell them you are homeless and running for your life, is there a womens shelter there you can sleep in? Tell them some neighbor men have been after you even breaking into your home and you have left everything behind to save your life. I wouldn't even worry about selling the house. I doubt anyone will buy it and where would you stay that would be safe in the meantime?

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.