You may know if you have read any of the reviews I have done of the shows, I don’t like Nat Geo. I think these type shows are a boil on the butt of the world…butt they are popular.
I think they make preppers out to be lunatics for the almighty $$$$$ and nothing else. But I do think we can examine the shows and learn something, mostly what not to do (like call Nat Geo in the first place).
My opinion is and always will be that we should prep for ALL things disaster from the Global to the Personal, for everyday things that are disasters and our lives will be better for it!
So here goes:
First up is Jay Blevins, a father of 3 and former police officer from the suburbs of VA. Jay is planning for the Global Depression, Loss of the Rule of Law. So being former law enforcement lends perfectly to the “circle of force” which is taught in all law enforcement-basic post classes, I knew it as the “escalation of force” but it’s the same thing. This is a good thing to know, understand and follow, it will keep your ass out of hot water more times than you think. Bravo on this one!
So Jay has enlisted 75 to 100 other like minded people to form a group that will defend the neighborhood. Now I love neighbors helping neighbors, that is the base for a prepping community, but man, that is a lot of adult neighbors and the information on this seems sketchy. Figure two adults/household, that’s 35 to 50 houses, that’s a lot for one neighborhood, must be including other neighborhoods in the area. There is safety in numbers as long as there is a command structure that everyone buys off on. You need to make sure you’re not ruling by committee, that never works well but it looked like he had that dialed. Drills are great but everybody has lives and as long as they mix what life offers with training well, this will continue to work. It’s the overdrilling that often leads to team failure and even worse resentment among the group. I do think the logistics don’t make sense, all those houses boarded up and secured at once? That does not put anymore people in any one house during a crisis than live there now, so how do you train with more people in the house. Also, don’t use nuts and bolts on the outside plywood, use carriage bolts, there is no nut you can take off. Plywood does not stop bullets and will burn.
Making pepper spray…I love it and we should all look at things we can do in bulk like this for a SHTF scenario. I think using this could help deter an assault but only slows down the attack or does nothing at all, so don’t rely on it entirely.
Several other things needed attention:
- 7,000 rounds in one room. Disperse the ammo in other places in case you cannot get to one source.
- More food and water stored.
- Garden to produce food. Raised beds or potted gardens.
- Domestic animals for food. Chickens at a minimum.
A couple other things to note. If the entry simulation were real, the real rounds downrange from the assault group would have a much larger impact on the residents than shown using simulation ammunition. Rounds penetrate walls being used for cover which is actually concealment. Hunting and trapping in an urban area would be dicey at best. Any resident population of animals would be used up by everyone very quickly.
Next up is Brian Murdock: Resident of Massachusetts and prepping for World War 3.
So here is the thing with this guy, I won’t even talk about this from a prepping approach because in my opinion, this guy is an asshole. This guy, brings a young woman from a third world country, thinking she is moving somewhere safe and in my opinion, adds her to the “Stores List” under “Wife”. She left a violent country and now she finds out she will be living in upstate New York on 50 acres in an RV. Screw this guy and the horse he rode in on but even worse is NAT GEO who put this crap on the air.
It proves one thing in have said, that Nat Geo will do anything if it sells, anything.
Last up is Brian Lacey: Lives in Indiana and is prepping for the New Madrid Fault Earthquake.
I have to tell right out, I like this kid! He and his wife Lacey own a small car stereo shop. Save silver and gold and use barter to fill their needs. They are located in an urban area with what looked like a very dense population.
Some highlights from their story:
- Food stores for 1400 days. This is excellent and well organized in their basement.
- Barter Items.
- Battery bank. Large bank with an impressive 40, 100AH batteries in parallel with Solar panels and wind generator.
- Water Storage behind the house.
- CCTV cameras for security.
- Guns and ammo.
- Storage container underground.
I was a little concerned about all this great food storage all in one place. They should consider as all of us should, use several caches, even it’s in the same house in case of fire or just becoming inaccessible. Their solar and wind seems to small to really produce energy used by such a large storage bank, you should build as much storage and you have production. There was no garden and let’s face it, you eat multiple times everyday but you don’t shoot the same amount, food is very, very important. You have to be able to replace the food you use and there is a mental benefit to fresh food, they need production here.
My single largest concern is the area they are in. This is highly populated and after an earthquake and you are in a safe area will be overrun by the population. If you are lucky enough to be in an area that you probably not have to bug-out, this is not an issue but if you are, consider a bug-0ut location. That location could be stocked and powered with most of what you have built in town. One goal I would have is to get an alternate location asap, their business’s should help with costs.
One thing that irks me with Nat Geo (Practical Preppers) is how they score and why. I mean they mentioned to Brian that he was poor in communications and he should think about Ham Radio. Brian said he was looking at communications. Why only mention Ham which MOST people don’t have and is expensive? What happened to SSB AM radios? People would have CB radio and that would be an immediate option and requires a simple $$ for license. The Ham takes a class and testing at all three levels and only applies to that person, not your wife or significant other so each would need a license to use the gear legally.
So with week one down, review what we learned and see how you might apply the new knowledge in your situation!