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Podcast 237 Doomsday Preppers: More harm than good?

National Geographic series diminishes civil preparedness

Thinking about getting yourself prepared for an emergency situation?  How about your family? Are you planning for their needs during a crisis? What are your neighbors doing? Will you be able to work together as a community during crisis?

 Those are common question that most of us think and then.

 There's a National Geographic program that takes common sense preparedness and gives it a shake; like a seizure. We're talking about the Doomsday Preppers and rather than promoting citizen preparedness, the program may just be making a mockery resiliency efforts and turning people away from the very actions that could save their lives.

According to the National Geographic/Doomsday Preppers website:
"Doomsday Preppers explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it. Unique in their beliefs, motivations, and strategies, preppers will go to whatever lengths they can to make sure they are prepared for any of life’s uncertainties. And with our expert’s assessment, they will find out their chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality."
 Otherwise ordinary American? After viewing several Preppers episodes, I had to read that again! Did they say "otherwise ordinary"? I didn't think there was too  much "ordinary" going on here. And I'm not alone.

Todd Jasper ( is a fellow Emergency Management Blogger who shares this opinion. Todd recently wrote a popular posting on this topic entitled Social Fear and Loathing & Treat to Legitimate Preparedness and this week he joins me on the podcast to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly...and the impact of such a program on your preparedness efforts.

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:33 PM

    isn't this show just a ploy to portray preppers as insane?


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