I watched the show “Doomsday Preppers” on the National Geographic Channel. It aired Monday night at 9 pm. It showed four American families and their preparedness lifestyles. Each family focused on a specific aspect of preparedness: One family was focused on preparing for a coronal mass ejection that would bring down the power grid and cause a nuclear meltdown. It was interesting to see how he converted an old swimming pool into an aquaponics garden and tilapia farm. Survival Mom was also featured; the family was preparing for economic collapse or hyperinflation. I have read Survival Mom’s blog for some time and respect her views. I was impressed with the amount of stored food and supplies. Another family, also concerned about an economic collapse, had a retreat out in the wilderness, complete with a farm, several storage caches and alternative energy. The last family who was preparing for a nuclear attack, had an underground bunker, with enough food and supplies to last six months to a year. At the end of each segment, an expert rated their preparedness status and made a recommendation.
I enjoyed watching the show and finding out about how others are preparing. I thought the report was fair and was not critical of the participants, other than to offer additional suggestions on improving upon their preps. I would have liked to see who the expert source was. Some of the participants opted to follow the suggestions, some did not. I figure preppers are an independent minded group in general and would make up their minds on what plans they are comfortable with.
Watching the show, you may be tempted to compare yourself with what others have accomplished, and feel inadequate in your own efforts. You must realize each family’s situation is different and everyone goes on their own pace. Instead, count your blessings and do a little bit more every week. We will all get to our preparedness goals one step at a time.