Dr. Tom Perez is a retired chiropractor in Houston, TX. He lives with his wife Monica, daughter Kat, and sons Tommy and Matthew, and they prepare for a terrorist attack (specifically, a radiological dirty bomb). If that happens, and society panics, Dr. Perez plans to bug out to a 700-acre ranch 300 miles to the west in Bracketville, TX, near the Mexican border.
Brackettville was once home to Fort Clark, home to horse-mounted cavalry units from the 1850s up until World War II. It is perhaps best known as the location in which John Wayne starred as Davy Crockett in The Alamo. The Perez family compound borrowed that name for their two limestone homes… rather macabre, when you consider the name is synonymous with a doomed last stand.
Doomsday Preppers, by it’s very nature (hint, the title includes “Doomsday”), finds the most extreme preppers, and the Perez family breaks the mold in more ways than one. The family has spent ten years and more than $2 million to build the compound into a prepper’s fortress, which is to my knowledge the most money spent by any prepper in any season of the show. He has a windmill and concrete cisterns of more than 2,000 gallons.
The two buildings boast bullet-resistant walls, steel bars over the windows, security cameras, and the entire compound is surrounded by a 7′ high barbed-wire fence. He’s “contaminated” 10 percent of the food and water as a trap for those who would steal from him. He has 46,000 rounds of ammunition, enough cartridges, as the narrator points out, to shoot everyone in the entire county 12 times.
Why hedge the coming economic collapse with GOLD when you can do it with Twinkies?
With tens of millions of people out of work, utterly stagnant economic growth, and increasing government intervention (always an economy killer, duh! If it wasn’t an economic disaster the USSR would be the most successful country on earth and instead it’s not doing very well gone! Or North Korea, you know, that bastion of central planning and control, better known as the country that doesn’t have any lights! But I digress…), many Americans are worried about what to do if and when an economic collapse occurs. All the experts on TV and in the papers are saying inflation and other dire consequences are imminent, and they seem to have some evidence to back it up.
How does the average person plan for this? How does one prepare for Argentinian-style economic collapse? Myriad ads tell us to buy gold. Gold is a great hedge for inflation, it used to be our money and it was stable, yadda yadda yadda. I have to admit, gold is shiney and pretty, which is a point in it’s favor. But we no longer have an infrastrucure for using gold as money and it would take some time for that to redevelop; in the meantime you might be starving. It’s much better to hoard Twinkies and bullets.