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Doomsday Preppers Weeks 14 & 15: Oops, My Bad

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Bob Owens

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March 16, 2013 - 12:00 pm
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It’s nearly impossible to review a show on the fly, so I’ve relied on DVRing each new episode of Doomsday Preppers, and reviewing it the next day. This worked great until last week, when for whatever reason episode 14, “A Fortress at Sea,” didn’t record. I chalked it up to there being a mid-season re-run (they happen), and didn’t know otherwise until a reader asked my why I didn’t review it. Oops.

So, this week we’re going to do the best we can and condense two episodes “A Fortress at Sea” and “Let Her Rip” into one post. Call it “Ripped at Sea,” which is what I’m going to wish I was after doing a twofer.

Ready? Here we go!

Kevin and Annissa Coy live in Washington atate and were impacted by the explosion of Mount St. Helens in 1980. Along with their children and grandchildren, they are preparing against the threat of another eruption from one of five active volcanoes within striking distance of their home, including the country-killer, Yellowstone.

They have multiple vehicles to bug-out in, including a truck towing a 5th-wheel RV, a converted Greyhound bus, a 27-foot sailboat on a trailer, and a rollback wrecker to tote a micro-house in case the worst happens. They’ve got livestock (chickens, pigs, rabbits, etc), a year’s supply of food for the entire family… and problems.

Prior to the show, their efforts, while generally well thought-out, had been hypothetical. When it came time to put the theory into practice, that hit several serious snags. The truck that they had to pull the livestock trailer was jacked up too high to connect to the trailer, so they were forced to leave most large livestock behind to die in the hypothetical ash cloud (sorry, Porky). The chickens and rabbits ended up shoved into the luggage compartments of the bus, and I frankly think they stand a decent chance of dying of carbon monoxide poisoning since those aren’t very well-ventilated.

The micro-house Kevin built for Annissa, sadly, wouldn’t load up on the flatbed. Presumably, they need a better skid system under it.

The show’s experts at Practical Preppers dinged the Coys pretty hard for not having adequate water filtration figured out (if someone knows of a volcanic ash-/sludge-rated water filter, please let me know) and for security preps. I was a little uncertain about that, but since the only firearms showed on their segment were a bolt action .22LR and a scoped-deer rifle, it might mean they didn’t have sufficient firepower and/or numbers, since it is rather difficult to drive and shoot. They give them 11 months of survival time.

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Hyperinflation 1923

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4KsREg_IU8&feature=related

Listen closely and hear if anything sounds familiar to today!
1 year ago
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I'm going to ding the Kansas guy for being soft about doing without a/c. Come on, he's out in the woods in a well-shaded house. I lived my first 17 years in the city in a house without a/c in the same climate. My great-grandmother did it without electricity for even longer.
1 year ago
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I'm only set for two to three weeks of fuel for the generator (about as loud as a conversation) and twice that of food, heat and other expendables. I figure that will get us through a Katrina sized disaster. In something worse, it should put us way ahead of most people without drawing much attention.
1 year ago
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The Andrea Gail was 72 feet. If God wants ya he ll get ya

Also the sea has a way to make even a nice person nasty and mean

"It is a matter of supernatural indifference to me whether you contaminate the natives or the natives contaminate you. I have but one concern - our mission. Let one of you provoke an incident which endangers it and I shall cause that man to curse his mother for giving him birth. " Captain Blah
1 year ago
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Haven't seen either episode. Thought the season was over. I will point out that the ash from Yellowstone would head East not West. So the one guy who has the least to worry from an eruption is doing exactly that.
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