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Doomsday Preppers Week 4: Fish and Firepower

Jeff Bushaw lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife and two sons. He is prepping for the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano.

From time to time, I give preppers crap for being scared of stupid things. In Bushaw's instance, being scared of Yellowstone is not dumb in and off itself, as it would be a big deal for much of the country if the volcano ever blows. The fact of the matter, however, is that being 800 miles west of the super-volcano, he is quite close to being in the part of the entire world that would be least affected by any eruption. Read about the jet stream, Jeff. If Yellowstone is truly his only concern, he's pissing his time and money away on something that would likely never directly affect him, even if it came to pass.

All that said, Bushaw is the best-prepared for what the community calls a "sh*t hits the fan" scenario. He's hoarded a ten-year supply of toilet paper, which he got "for a really good deal."

The opposite of Adrain's "spare no expense" approach, Bushaw is trying to prep on a restricted budget. He has an interesting if hit-or-miss strategy for obtaining prepping gear, and that's bidding on the contents of abandoned storage units at auction. In the episode, he won a unit with a bid of $500. That doesn't seem like such a wise investment to my way of thinking considering the complete randomness of the approach. To each his own, however, and Bushaw seems to think it works.

That he has not done his research about his "favored" disaster is again shown when Bushaw reveals that if he does bug-out because of a Yellowstone eruption he'll go by air. While the west-to-east flow of the jet stream suggests that it is all but impossible for the ash cloud to affect them in Washington, I'll leave it to you, dear reader, to read what volcanic ash does to aircraft.

The show's experts give the Bushaw family 6 months to live if things go wrong. At least he'll have enough toilet paper.