In this special Doomsday Preppers event, we follow three New Yorkers as they plot their routes out of the city, literally escaping the grid to reach safety. While each has a different fear, all three are determined to get off the island before it’s too late. In Harlem, we profile Margaret Ling, who fears that a catastrophic hurricane will devastate the city (this was filmed before her fear came true when super-storm Sandy struck). She plans to walk hundreds of miles in order to get as far away from the city as possible. Out in Brooklyn, we meet Cameron Moore, a college student on his way to medical school. Cameron is preparing for the meltdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, which he fears will lead to detrimental changes in the environment. He plans to paddle across the Hudson River to reach New Jersey. And downtown, we follow stock trader and family man, Jay. He fears that a terrorist attack in the form of a dirty bomb is inevitable and plans to race uptown to his family so they can flee to their safe house in the Hamptons.
Margaret Ling moved from Florida to Harlem after witnessing the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. A few years later, when Hurricane Irene hit the city, she realized that natural disasters were on the rise and that she needed to prepare herself for the big one. In this episode, she teams up with a Krav Maga expert to learn self-defense tactics that will keep her alert as she treks through the city. We join her as she perfects her escape route across Central Park and over the George Washington Bridge. Along the way, the expert teaches her the importance of a lightweight go-bag with versatile items. He puts her through various drills, surprising her with a simulated attack and showing her how she can use a simple candy lollipop as a weapon.
Cameron Moore is a laid back college student preparing for medical school. He is also preparing for the meltdown of the Indian Point nuclear power plant, less than 40 miles from New York City. He fears that radioactive fallout will cause irreversible harm to people living in the city. He plans to make his way from Brooklyn to the Hudson River, where he will paddle in his inflatable raft to New Jersey. We pair Cameron with a preparedness expert who takes him on a practice-run to test out his escape route. The expert shows Cameron that he might need to resort to questionably immoral actions, like stealing a bike or spraying mace on attackers, in order to survive. We follow an exhausted Cameron as he makes his way through the city to get off the island.
Jay was only blocks from the World Trade Center on 9/11 when he witnessed the collapse of the towers and the pandemonium that broke out on the city streets. He is preparing for another terrorist attack and wants to ensure that he will be able to get his family to safety. He runs through his plan with a preparedness expert who teaches him how to assess wind direction so he can avoid toxic debris and how to filter water from the fountain in Washington Square Park. Jay’s main priority is making his way uptown to reunite with his family. They have set up a safe house in the Hamptons, where they plan to bug out following an attack.
Don’t Miss Doomsday Preppers: Escape From New York Tuesday at 9P