In the penultimate episode of season 1, we meet three preppers who are doing everything they can to protect themselves against a looming catastrophe that will change life as we know it. Missouran Steve Pace is working together with his community of farmes to prepare for an EMP blast. Retired photojournalist Jack Jobe is worried that a solar flare will set off massive earthquakes across the country. Bruce Beach has built a 10,000 square foot underground bunker in hopes to rebuild society after a nuclear holocaust.
Missouran Steve Pace has been prepping for an EMP for years. Along with his community – which he refers to as “farmers with guns” – he is collecting food, precious metals, , and enough ammo to protect them both. In this episode Steve shows that prepping is a community affair, as he meets with the mayor of his small town to discuss a plan of action for after an EMP blast.
Retired photojournalist Jack Jobe is new to prepping. He started in 2010 – at age 64 – after watching the news surrounding Haiti’s devastating earthquake. But just because he is getting started doesn’t mean he isn’t passionate about his preps. He is teaching his wife, Jacquie, to ward off marauders with knives, installing a safe room door, and hiding food in places around his house only known to him. Jack is known around his community as a funny guy who loves to make others laughs – he even has a prepping-based comedy act that he takes out to the local club. In addition to preparing his home, Jack is working on inventing a tool that he believes will be a prepper essential, and will help anyone hack their way out of the rubble of what he fears most … a solar-flare induced earthquake.
Bruce Beach has been anticipating the end of the world for nearly 50 years. In response, he has constructed a 10,000 square foot underground bunker out of 43 full-size school buses, which he calls the “Ark Two”. Bruce lives in a small village of 200 people in Horning Mills, Ontario. He believes that most preppers are too concerned with personal survival, while he thinks a better objective is to focus on reconstructing a new world after 2012. He has created a “reconstruction network” online called the “SAFE” through which he shares information about Ark Two and his evacuation plans.