What Doomsday Films and Shows do for Preppers

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The World's End

There have been a variety of doomsday films and shows in recent times:  World War Z, This is the End and The World’s End just to name a few.  Some are action-adventure, suspense or even comedy, but the theme is the same:  the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI).  In addition, there have been a number of reality shows such as Doomsday Preppers,  Doomsday Castle and others that deal with people trying to prepare for disasters.

These type of shows are so prevalent, but what do they do for the average prepper?  Do you watch these shows?

As with everything else, I see the Pros and Cons:


  • They get people to imagine what they would do in such as situation.
  • Once people start thinking about various scenarios, they start talking about it, and a dialogue is always a good thing.  I’ve mentioned in a past article how watching The Walking Dead was a good conversation starter about preparing for actual disasters.
  • The idea of prepping becomes more acceptable.
  • People will actually get some supplies together and be ready for a natural disaster.


  • The more outlandish characters featured may cast preppers in the “nutty” category, and not to be taken seriously.
  • If the story is too far-fetched, it can make people more detached and consider disasters as being “only in the movies”
  • This may cause someone to fear of being labeled.

I’ve personally seen several of these types of movies, watch episodes of Doomsday Preppers, as well as survival shows such as Survivorman’s Survival Secrets.   At the very least, I think these shows get people who may never have considered it, thinking about the need to prepare.  Some people may appear more extreme than others, and thus may be labeled as a “fringe” element, while others will fear being associated as one.

All in all, the way I see it, we’re all better off if everyone became more prepared for emergencies.  I’m not even talking about doomsday, or anything collapsing; natural disasters and financial disasters can and do happen.  If survival and prepping shows get people to start preparing for any emergencies then that is a good thing.

This show was worth watching

2073779_blackouts-a-history_wpqcl4sp5hrctsdllz4ccbpndxncurxrbvj6lwuht2ya6mzmafma_610x343If you can still find it, go check it out. It was worth viewing and really makes you think about what you would do if a long term blackout happened.

AMERICAN BLACKOUT:  a two hour special is coming up on Nat Geo about what can happen during a catastrophic blackout across the United States.  No cell phone service, no ATM withdrawals, no working street lights, no available gasoline … no escape.   From what the Nat Geo rep told me, American Blackout combines user-generated footage from recent real blackouts and disasters like Hurricane Sandy intercut with the feature film.   It will follow the struggles of ordinary Americans wrangling through the chaos, and witness one prepper family who prepared for the worst.

 Here’s a link to American Blackout DVD

What would you do if power was gone?

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  1. I am glad you posted about the National Geographic show “American Blackout”.
    This looks like a great show about what the US faces either by terrorist attack or a super solar flare. Hopefully this show and Domesday Preppers will wake some up on the need to prepare.

    1. Hi Ron, I thought there might be a lot of interest. I am hoping more people are inspired to prepared. Thanks for the comment.

  2. I like “end of the world” shows, because it is an avenue to share with others. I’ll watch a Zombie show with my son and we’ll have a discussion along with it. It can be a good conversation starter.

  3. Get the book “One Second After”, by William Forstchen. It’s an easy read about what happens in a small mountain town as a result of an EMP attack. The author touches on a lot of things that you’d generally wouldn’t consider.

  4. I’m so glad you put up a link to “American Blackout.” It is being broadcast right now and I am DVR’ing it. I saw only a bit of it but it reminded me of your website.

    I do have preps in place for power outages, but this show – and the 1-year anniversary of the power outage my area suffered due to Hurricane Sandy – made me review my current supplies for any possible electrical emergencies.

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