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Doomsday Preppers Week 9: In the Hurt Locker

Are the show's experts biased against those who don't spend oodles of money on their preparations?

by
Bob Owens

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January 17, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Kevin O’Brien was on last season of Doomsday Preppers. He moved his family from Florida to Eastern Tennessee because he’s worried the Sunshine State would end up under water in the event of polar shift. Even his kids think he’s nuts, which simply means they’ve learned how to work the Google.

Lonely in new surroundings, without friends or fellow preppers, Kevin started a web site to connect and network with other preppers. It just so happens that one of those preppers to join the web site is Lucas Cameron, only 35 miles away. Kevin would like to join Lucas and his group, but do that, he must first… bring them a shrubbery!

Oh, were it only so simple.

Instead, the producers put Kevin through a trial by fire, as Lucas and his group run mock-nighttime raids against the show’s experts, the team from Practical Preppers. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time in two seasons where the crew from Practical Preppers stepped in front of the cameras. Yes, my curiosity was piqued. The guys were great at criticizing and ranking others, but how would they perform under (simulated) fire?

The scenario they ran involved the guys from Practical Preppers hitting a nighttime supply transfer between Kevin and Lucas’ prepping group. How did it go down?

The preppers got smoked. It wasn’t even close.

It’s one thing to practice on a static range against stationary targets in daylight, and quite another to fight an enemy with communications gear, night vision, and what appears to be real infantry training. Nonetheless, despite their lopsided loss, Lucas and his team were impressed with how Kevin stood his ground during the assault on the Alamo. Kevin now belongs to a prepping community.

It’s too bad he’s so deeply invested in a crackpot theory with no scientific validity at all. In Lucas’ defense, the threat of the New Madrid fault, while probably not the quake zone written about in the Bible, is at least a proven possible threat.

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