Doomsday Preppers: Nine Meals Away From Anarchy

In the next episode of Doomsday Preppers, we meet three Americans who demonstrate that no two preppers prep alike. Suburban dad Mike Mester prepares his family for civil unrest to spill out from the cities, Californian Doug Huffman has plans to retreat underground when we face the next Great Depression, and Preston White has collected over 11,000 types of seeds to help him grow his own food after a nuclear disaster.

Mike Mester seems like a regular suburban dad who is always looking out for his kids. Unlike most dads, though, he fears an imminent economic collapse will bring violence and rioting to his quiet suburban town. Mike involves his whole family in stockpiling food, fuel, and weapons. Even the family’s two German Shepherds are part of the plan. They have doggie bugout bags and are receiving training to act as protection dogs when things collapse.

When doomsday arrives, don’t waste your time searching for Doug Huffman. He may have disappeared underground into one the many spiderholes he has built throughout California’s Sierra Nevada Moutains. Or he may be right in front of you, but donning a handmade camouflage suit that makes him indistinguishable from his surroundings.  For Doug, surviving the next Great Depression will be all about staying hidden while chaos reigns, then coming out when things settle down to fight another day.  Doug is teaching teenagers from his community defense-based prepping skills – including evasive driving and guerilla warfare techniques – to ensure he won’t be the lone survivor when the American economy goes bust.

Mild-mannered computer programmer Preston White watched the news of the meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant with horror. He began to believe in a media coverup about the spread of radiation, which he fears constitutes an extinction level event for all mankind.  He’s focused his preps on acquiring a seed bank containing over 11,000 types of seeds. That’s over 200lbs of seeds, enough that Preston believes he will be equipped to grow his own Garden of Eden once America is hit with deadly radiation. Along with friends from his community, Preston is working on building a biospheric greenhouse tent that will allow him to live alongside his seeds, protected from nuclear contaminants.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow night, Tuesday March 6th at 9P et/pt to get the full story.


  1. Ryan
    February 21, 2012, 8:47 pm

    I love to see the various ways in which these people prepare, but why does the show seem to insinuate these people are only preparing for a single type of disaster. If you are ready, you are ready, simple as that. There is a great guide to survival after doomsday at for anyone to check out. I am prepping but not so hardcore. I figure it is good for my family if I am at least equipped enough to purify water, hunt, start a fire and understand basic first aid.

  2. Mike
    February 22, 2012, 2:09 am

    All of these elaborate plans and back-up plans to fit unique doomsday scenarios, yet the basics of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are so frequently overlooked by preppers who appear to be vying for the most likely to die of a heart attack award.

  3. Sue
    February 22, 2012, 3:22 am

    I am officially boycotting the National Geographic Channel until they stop airing this show. These people make preparedness look like a joke and only for people who are fanatics. An obese gentleman tonight is complaining about not being able to afford a life-saving surgery, yet he can spend a ton of money of preparing for a disaster that may not occur rather than being there for his family in case of a real disaster. I’m truly disgusted at the shows NatGeoTV is starting to air.

  4. Mike
    February 22, 2012, 5:47 am

    Just watched the show for the first time and i like it for the most part but this Kellene Bishop person they put on this show in my opinion didnt deserve the 100% she got. I mean she tried shooting a target and was leaning so far over she was shooting rocks and dirt. You can have a good stable stance without falling on her face as she was teaching her class. Great show but i believe they should pick better people to put on their show, maybe people who know the facts behind what they are doing.

  5. PatriotSurvival
    batesburg SC
    February 22, 2012, 6:19 am

    The show is great !

  6. Sue
    February 22, 2012, 6:32 am

    Most of these people’s end of the world real scenario will be from their bad diets and lifestyles. Most of them are obese or very overweight. Funny how they prepare for a doomsday scenario but probably can’t run 1 mile down the run. They should concern themselves with their present day reality more than a maybe scenario.

  7. Curri
    February 22, 2012, 8:47 am

    I find myself unsurprised by the mocking tone this show takes towards anyone who puts out the effort to prepare themselves for trouble, I’ve no doubt the producers of this show and the network itself are more than happy to showcase “right wing nuts” in a context that’s both fascinating and to them at least, humorous.
    I sure don’t do the things the featured people do, but I figure I’m better prepared for extraordinary situations than most. I need to be, given where I live, and the problems weather alone can cause.
    What I find objectionable but unsurprising is the cavalier dismissal of any preppers who cite economic concerns with the dollar as a reason for their actions.
    I the rest of the world loses faith in the US Dollar as the world’s standard currency, and stops buying up our debt, what do you THINK will happen?
    1) We suddenly live within our means, meaning $1 Tril+ of federal cuts. (not gonna happen)(riots/chaos/megadeaths if it did)
    2) The Fed buys our own debt, soon after to trigger massive inflation as the dollar devalues (riots/chaos/megadeaths, but months later than #1)
    The Fed has already monetized ~1.2 Tril. of our own debt, to pump up the value of our US bonds to overseas investors, after Geithner swore before congress that they wouldn’t do this. Why would they not continue to do so in a CRISIS?
    Sad to see such an interesting show polluted by lefty media libs. :-/

  8. Linda Bulger
    February 22, 2012, 3:05 pm

    I am trying to locate a specific list of preparedness items such as items for a medical emergency. The amount and type of materials for each person suggested would be helpful

  9. Ernie Yates
    February 23, 2012, 5:11 am

    This show is doing a great disservice to the american people, and a even greater one to the percentage of people who are smart enough to take time to “prep”. First of all the title preppers is ofensive, They have called it people who have read there states,and the federal gov. emergency agencys puplished information and followed there advise, By focusing on people who have clearly lost touch with reality you are making responsable citizens be looked at “the crazy people” I am ready for ? thats right ?. I am not as most i assume are not focosed on some single mega disaster that will be the “END OF THE WORLD” Anyway hope you guys make a pocket full of cash, By the way didnt this channel air Mega Disasters…

  10. William
    February 24, 2012, 12:28 am

    For those segments featuring people concerned with an economic collapse, the producers have a “voice over” at the end of the segments saying something to the effect that “Experts agree that the chances of financial collapse and hyperinflation are extremely slim”.

    Are you kidding me? The governments’ own Congressional Budget Office says that unless lawmakers drastically change course we are headed for dire economic consequences.
    I realize the producers could actually AGREE with one of these folks and broadcast cast an episode that basically says “Hey audience, we’re headed towards disaster!”
    Nope, entertain and contain.


  11. Survivor Mike
    February 24, 2012, 3:57 am

    We’ve been working on reviews on each episode and pulling out our favorite moments on

  12. RTL
    February 24, 2012, 4:36 am

    This show is fantastic! It gives insight to the reality of our present economic meltdown. Most american would hate this show as they are in denial of the present global recession. Most of us are not prepared if such a scenario would happen, and we are afraid so we refused even to think about it. But with China and India becoming big players in the consumption of the oil industry while Europe and the U.S. is in recession, it is inevitable that one of this two giants will become the new world leader. Just imagine if the billion Chinese and almost a billion Indians would be owning a car. Where Are We Gonna Get Our Oil? If America is no longer a super power, our economy dies and so are we. Just like the Romans did.

  13. Joey Jingles
    Pocola, OK
    February 26, 2012, 3:16 am

    Confuse-us say: “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from wise answer”. I learn something from each of the episodes I have seen but they are filled with problems much like humans. Why would you prepare for a earthquake by placing your stored food in glass jars upon open shelving ? The gun hating liberal group claimed they did not believe in guns but would feed you and then “cut your throat” in your sleep…..what ? The overweight ex-trucker actually made me feel empathetic and “God love him”. Personally in my area the New Madrid fault is a very real possibility. Better to have and not need than need and not be ready. Worse case scenario you made more money on rising food costs than you would have banking your funds. Food costs in the last year have risen as much as 40% and more. You made what on your CD? Eat your stored food and contemplate that ! I don’t know if NatGeo has an agenda or not..seems maybe because there are some outstandingly informed preppers out there. I guess it is what it is ????

  14. Sensible Granny
    rural NC
    February 26, 2012, 10:21 pm

    I guess I have been a “prepper” for decades and did not know it. There have always been power outages that lasted for days to weeks here, so we have to stay ready. We have tornadoes, floods, droughts, wind and woods fire danger, snow and ice storms,etc. That is a way of life. Now we have decided to prepare for human made disasters by being able to fend for ourselves and help our neighbors who also help us. All said, I do love the show and continue to learn from it.

  15. Robyn
    February 28, 2012, 8:15 am

    I am sorry But I disagree with airing this show. I think it is causing a lot of people to start to panic and worry over something that MAY happen. KEYWORD there is MAY. Like I told my mother today. If this is going to happen God will not let us know He is the only one that has control over this. We can prepare for a depression or a epidemic of illness that may come through and I plan to stock up on food and things that we will need to get through IF something were to happen. Again I told my mom IF nothing happens then we will be living high on the hog. I think this show should be taken off the air so it will quit making the American people to quit the panic and worry that can right now only cause people to have heart attacks, nervous break downs, stomach attacks and More stress that some people have from the worry that this is causing. I know it is a choice to watch these shows and I choose not to watch it, but my mother and some of my sisters have been and it is causing them to start with the panic and worry that there is going to be a depression far more greater then the one in the 1920’s and some type of an illness epidemic that is going to come sweeping though.I am sure my family is not the only one watching this and freaking out either. I mean seriously when it is our time to go God will take you weather you 50 holes in the ground like bomb shelters and all the food and kerosene and heaters you think you might have or need. My main motto in life is “leave each day as if it were your last take life and have a blast, but most of all remember to smile it is good for your health and others:. What I mean by that is live each day happy and free for you have no promise for tomorrow. You can walk across the street and get hit by a car. didn’t plan or prepare for that now did we. Quit worrying about what MIGHT happen and spend time with your children, Grand children and love ones doing fun and loving things for those are the memories we want to have for a life time. I don’t want my grand children’s memories to be that Mam Maw was a crazy lady that was so worried about things that might have happened and it never did and never done anything with us or went anywhere with us. I mean plan and prepare but for the love of God Quit scaring the hell out of the American people with stupid shows like this. NGEO was always a channel I use to watch to learn about the history of our country and about the different animals that live in our world. Now it is all about crazy crap about What might happen 10 months to 10 years from now. Thanks and God Bless to you all

  16. doug brumfield
    somewhere in Ohio
    February 29, 2012, 3:00 am

    I think we need to start a preppers dating site. Id love to meet a girl that is into (not a fanatic) survival.

  17. Alabama Man
    United States
    February 29, 2012, 7:54 am

    I’m very curious not only on how one goes about finding out how to start prepping..? But in the instance of an EMP which knocks out electrical appliances etc. wouldn’t it also knock out a vehicles’ ignition seeing as how they are electrical??
    Thanks for your input.

  18. MM
    February 29, 2012, 7:21 pm

    I am watching your show. The couple has made a compound from iron bins. In their huge food storage however, they have many glass jars on shelves, while they wait for an earthquake. They should use some kind of UNBREAKABLE containers. Glass will fall from the shelves and break in an earthquake.

  19. Singer Joy
    February 29, 2012, 10:16 pm

    Intersting show. I noticed many preppers store things in glass jars. What if a mega quake hits? All that food goes to waste. For me all they are doing is extending their lives for a few more months after dooms day. Water will run out. Bullets will run out. Kind of a waste. But in some situations this prepping will save them. I do believe in the not too distant future, there will be over population and civilization will become like the 1980’s movie Road Warrior.

  20. Marc
    March 1, 2012, 2:26 pm

    The show’s executive admitted that this show is being aired because of the interest in preparedness due to the not-so-good news in the world. He could not get sponsorship otherwise. Bottom line is that preparedness is crucial, but the message being sent is skewed to attract audience and bottom-line driven.

  21. underground
    March 1, 2012, 10:48 pm

    the show is like any other tv these days , the people they have on do not prepare for just one dam reason. they have them say a bunch of craqp and it gets edited how they want them to appear. granted half the folks ive seen are clueless and make us look crazy stupid , but then there are the ones who have planned very well. thats fair , a lot of people are clueless but mean well, hopefully they learn having 50,000 in dry food storage and no water is foolish . or planning on hiking with 50 lbs on your back out of a major city so you can drive to mexico is moronic. if they didnt show the educated people then i would have more to be mad at then just the so called experts who allways say nothing i slickly to happen , for people looking for info
    and most folks on the show have youtube channels

  22. Karen
    central CA
    March 2, 2012, 12:41 pm

    This show is entertaining and I learn something every episode. But it does make preppers look like total loons. My family preps because of a general sense of responsibility for ourselves. My grandparents were not educated… but they had so much knowledge. welding hunting gardening construction canning sewing first aid. These basic skills are being lost as work becomes more specialized For me- prepping is about becoming a little bit more capable and self sufficient every day.

  23. Tim
    March 4, 2012, 3:13 pm

    Every person is a prepper its to what degree. Filling your gas tank and going to the store before a storm,making a crocery list for the week,savings accounts,retierment accounts,putting away money for your kids,putting away lawn chairs and garbage cans before a wind storms all are a forms of preperation. Everyone should prep for 3 to 10 days if you don’t you will probly get spanked sometime in the future. Katrina is a perfect example no one caught in that mess were prepaired. From the highist levels government down to individual responsibility were all to blame. I had family and freinds that lived their who lost homes they simply heeded the warnings and left before the storm. So if you don’t want to be one of the people waiting for a prepaired person to come save you make a plan and preparations now. I realize their were many people not able the elderly,poor or handicapped that do need are help. My comments are directed at the people that are able but more some reason choose not to.

  24. greg
    rural oregon
    March 5, 2012, 6:50 pm

    love the show like to see how people are becoming self sufficient i think everyone should work towards that we dont need world trade or the government to tell us what to do back to the barter system!

  25. RSOPerator
    Radical Survivalism Webzine
    March 5, 2012, 8:57 pm

    @Linda Bulger: Linda, we have a wealth if information available through our online webzine

    It;s tough to say exactly how many of even the most basic medical supplies you would NEED in a disaster scenario, because that entirely depends on the type of disaster, and the amount of injuries a person sustains during the course of the disaster. A rule of thumb: Too many supplies are always better than not enough.

  26. RSOPerator
    Radical Survivalism Webzine
    March 5, 2012, 9:04 pm

    @Singer Joy: In a disaster water will not run out as long as you have access to a well and means to move the water to the surface.

    Ammunition could indeed run out, but if you reload, and keep a good amount of reloading supplies and materials, you can theoretically keep going and going just like the energizer bunny. Of course its best to avoid any kind of armed conflict fro the start. That indeed would negate the need for ammunition. Yet another option on top of what I’ve listed here would be alternative weapons that do not require ammunition.

  27. Nina
    March 5, 2012, 9:29 pm

    Doug, I’m a girl prepper in Ohio. Come to the Zombie Squad forum.

  28. Austin
    March 6, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Just watched it.. but did they take out the Doug Huffman section? It wasn’t in the episode!

  29. kyle conway
    March 6, 2012, 10:46 pm

    anyone else notice the weed plant the seed guy had growing in the background ?

  30. kyle conway
    March 6, 2012, 10:54 pm

    anyone else notice the marijuana plant that Preston White had growing in the background ?

  31. Tia
    March 7, 2012, 1:30 am

    A recent episode aired with a family moving to Tennesse and talking about daming a stream to provide themselves with water. No thought to what they are doing to folks down stream. A really good way to anger folks that may have been in the area for generations. City and suburb folks –PLEASE stay away you have no right to take water from others. I have lived rurally all my 55 years and have watched as folks with NO idea of rural life continue to affect our lifes. When the time comes who do you think is going to help you ?? You clearly have no “country” skills. Please stay where you belong and quit harming folks who have lived on the land for generations. You clearly do not know what you are doing.

  32. Practical Prepper
    March 7, 2012, 2:25 am

    I find the show interesting, as it shows some inovative ideas.. ie the fuel from water and fuel from paper and leaves.. The one thing is see lacking in the show is that none of these preppers seem to have a plan to re-organize a society that will rebuild in the event of some massive disaster.. I see a lot of “I” ‘ME” and ‘MINE’ mentality though..It bothers me that parents would be teaching their kids to shoot at targets that resemble people, instead of teaching them about ‘sharing and caring and building. .. I am a practical prepper.. I prep for small emergencies.. I keep enough food and supplies on hand for about a month, so I have enough to share what I have with neighbors if need be.. .. I’ve acquired some basic survival knowledge that will get me through for a bit.. I figure if we have anything happen that devastates us beyond a month that violence and greed will prevail, so I wouldn’t want to be around to see that anyway. So for when that day comes, I am ready to meet my maker.. Simple plan.. and no regrets..

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  34. Cindy H.
    Entiat, WA
    March 7, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Can you post the instructions for making those fire bricks made on tonights show that were made from shredded newspaper and leaves???

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  36. Hankster
    March 8, 2012, 2:27 pm

    What a bunch of duffases. Show what they’re doing in 5 years. What are the guys going to do after “It hits the fan” when a couple of fine looking babes show up to their compound? I tell you what, the fat chicks are going to be out the door.

  37. Survivor Mike
    March 10, 2012, 8:13 am

    We really enjoyed the last episode. Mike Mester and family inspired us the write the following:

  38. Tim
    March 10, 2012, 10:15 pm


  39. G WALLIS
    Wamic Oregon
    March 13, 2012, 9:15 pm

    I reallyenjoyed the show today. I found that Doug Huffman was the best suited to survive of all the preppers I have watch. (all) I would like to find a way to communicate with Doud to start a simulair set-up here in oregon. I would hope that doug sees this write, or if anyone can forward my e-mail it would be appreciated.

  40. Kristen
    March 15, 2012, 10:52 pm

    I have noticed that shows like this tend to make people who prepare for catastrophic events seem a little… well, crazy. First of all, I personally know Doug Huffman and I attended his Junior Ranger program for 3 years before I had to drop out for medical related reasons. Doug has taught me SO much about life in general. I have learned a lot about survival, yes, but he has also taught us how to be better as human beings. He has even taught us ballroom dancing and has taught us etiquette (and some pretty cool disarms using neck ties).
    In addition, he is not simply a “Doomsday Prepper”. He is an extremely knowledgeable ex-military who seriously knows his stuff. And he is most definitely not insane.
    @G Wallis, his website is The website has his contact info and he travels to other states to do shows, seminars, and filming. He also does private classes!

  41. BB
    April 3, 2012, 8:11 am

    Hi Doug
    You need to put in your search engine “survivalist singles” and you should be able to get in on a site with like minded single females.
    As a Canadian woman I’ve been on there a while but I think I’m a bit far North for most.

    As for Doomsday Preppers. Love the show. Yep they are sort of nutty but many do have good ideas. Wouldn’t have known about woodgas engines without the previews that I watched online.
    I just wish that Bell Canada would put it on my NatGeo channel because with the exception of the first show. I can’t get it and it is driving me nuts.

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  43. Dee
    May 22, 2012, 7:26 am

    Love the show and find it both entertaining and informative but have get up for work at 3am so 9:00 is bedtime for me. Anyone know when the “reruns” are on? My only concern is like quite a few others is that they are giving their secret hiding places up and saying they are secret! Like burying silver I think it was in the back yard behind the garage. I wonder if it is still there? Maybe their neighbors don’t have cable and don’t watch Nat Geo! Other than things like that I have found it to inspire me but not to the point of being a fanatic! (I hope!) My husband teases me about prepping! But he adds he has been ready for years! We are not sure what we are “ready” for but have a bit of comfort knowing that whatever happens we will have a headstart to be a bit more comfortable. Has anyone ever figured out a way to make contact with relatives who live quite a ways away? My daughter lives 2 hours from us and if anything happened it would drive me crazy to not know if she and her family were doing ok. I know there is a ham radio but that is not very practical. I guess we will have to go to the pony express!! LOL!

  44. John Hall
    September 14, 2012, 4:15 pm

    I just wanted to chime in from the main stream. I am not a prepper, and I felt like my perspective on the show might answer some questions. Part of the reason the show is so great is that it gives insight into a world that most people don’t know. One of the questions I read was, “why do they edit the show to make preppers seem “crazy?” Well , I would say that now amount of editing would make the preppers seem sane. I completely see the need to be self sufficient and prepared for things that occur during our lifetimes. However, the obsessive nature of the preppers’ predictions is, to say the least, bizarre. There is one common theme among the preppers, “the end of the world ( by the world I assume they mean human society as the earth itself would still be here) is an emminate event.” This is not the case, and I can prove it. Just think back to all those survivalists that came in previous decades. Didn’t they predict similar events? In 1900?. Or 1950? Or 1970? Did any of these events come to pass? No. No, they didn’t. The human race is one race. One species. If we can’t figure it out together, then what’s the point? No matter how many guns I have, or bullets I can make, or how many months of food I have stored, is survival worth it if I have to live underground in a concrete bunker? Just saying. Maybe the preppers will have the last laugh, but I sure hope not. I will keep watching. I love the show. JH

  45. rmeeboy
    October 6, 2012, 9:13 pm

    @ Curry….hmmmmm…sounds like tome that YOU should run for Prez………You seem to have it all down.

  46. rmeeboy
    October 6, 2012, 9:24 pm

    @John Hall……well said dude but 1st off…you wouldnt be the only one living in an “under-ground bunker”…..but if u were living in 1 then the amount of guns n ammo you have or can make, along with the amount of food to feed you for months JUST MAY become very “Worth It” ….”dont judge unless you have walked a mile in their shoes”

  47. Eric
    midwest USA
    November 13, 2012, 3:30 am

    The biggest thing I find funny from the critics is how they make these people seem like they are a “fringe” element.

    Well guess what then most of our grand and great grand parents must have been “wingnuts” because while they did not call themselves “preppers” that is exactly what they did.

    Using my family as an example.

    They were all farmers. They would learn from an early age how to hunt, fish, fix whatever machinery they had themselves, care or each other, sew, basic first aid, eat whatever was available, can food, garden,and just live without when times were tough.

    It was not uncommon to have 6 months or more of self canned food available. In winter not go into town for days or weeks. Clean, reuse, and preserve everything.

    My grand and great grandfather would fix the tractor untill it could not be fixed to working anymore. Then strip it down, store and reuse the parts in whatever they fit it/modify it to fit.

    Heck even my parents in the city would have enough canned goods for a month or more at any one time. Frozen goods for 2-4 weeks depending.

    Now it seams so alien to alot of people because they have been dependent on the local grocery store. I would bet alot of people don’t even have enough to last 3 days much less what happened in a hurricane (pick your state/city).

    Sadly we have become lazy and complacent. Because disasters (be natural or man-made) have existed in the past and will so in the future.

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