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Doomsday Preppers Week 10: Survivors and Ghosts

Neither Jim D. nor his truck, nicknamed the "Behemoth," are subtle when it comes to prepping, but then again, neither is the disaster he is preparing against.

Jim is preparing for the collapse of the power grid, and the social unrest that will follow. He's one of many preppers featured on the show focused on this possible calamity, which ranks, if my memory serves, as the most prepped-for disaster this season behind a worldwide financial collapse, and with good reason. As fragile as financial markets are, the electrical grid and the computers on them are our world here in the information age. Everything we buy, sell, consume and replenish is dependent upon electricity, and the electrical grid that powers our world was thrown together in a haphazard way. It is poorly shielded against any sort of attack, from physical attacks on key physical equipment to electromagnetic discharges (natural or man-made) -- or Jim's primary concern, cyber-attacks.

Jim's massive, 13-ton "Behemoth" is an MRAP-inspired rolling safehouse, with 1/2" thick armored walls, and a multi-fuel engine with massive fuel tanks capable, he claims, of driving from Los Angeles to Nova Scotia on one tank of fuel. He's spent $300,000 modifying this monster into what it has become, and frankly, I'm not sold on the concept.

While the family's living compartment is armored, the rest of the vehicle doesn't appear to be, and as it is most likely to be struck on the move if things really do go sideways, I think that constitutes a fatal design flaw.

Defensively, Jim is apparently resorting to tactics better suited to Hannibal's elephants, riding on top of the vehicle, completely exposed, to fire at his presumed enemies. He claims to be a "security consultant," but I have serious questions about what kind of security consultant he must be. I'm convinced he can't be a physical security consultant, as anyone remotely aware of how frequently our soldiers in Iraq were sniped in vehicle turrets would be aware. A stationary shooter engaging an exposed moving target isn't an ideal situation, but the opposite situation outside of extremely close range using stabilized firearms capable of laying down suppressive firepower (i.e., belt-fed machine guns capable of sustained fire) is darn close to suicidal.