By Jessica Van Garsse, Field Producer
When you’ve been on the road for weeks on end, forgetful of what city or state you’re in anymore, have been on more flights than you can count, malnourished from the fast-food lunches and watery coffee, sleep-deprived and running on fumes, the words “that’s a wrap” are music to everyone’s ears, no matter how much you love your job or how epic the adventure. SO it speaks volumes that I had to tear myself, and my crew, away from the Coys at the end of our time together. I’m sure Kevin and Annissa were ready to see us off, after what had been a few long, full, and tough days of filming. But you never would have guessed it. I could stay talking with the Coys forever. Kevin’s unbridled enthusiasm about prepping, Annissa’s unconditional support of him, and their complete adoration for each other was so lovely to be around, and a joy to capture on film. They are true evidence of the wisdom that opposites DO attract – and they also make for great prepping partners.
Annissa is a woman who needs a plan – she likes order, organization, advance thought, and step-by-step strategies. She wants plans to be implemented when situations she has thought through begin to unfold. Kevin, on the other hand, is happiest when things go awry – when Annissa’s plans fall through, when everything around them is chaos, this is when he thrives. It may mean the two clash at times, but in all their years together, they have learned to make it work for their marriage, their parenthood, and now their grandparenthood – and from what little time I spent with them, they do it all with grace. The icing on the cake is that, when it comes to being prepared for the catastrophic volcanic eruption they believe will destroy the modern world, Kevin and Annissa find they are the perfect duo – she works hard laying the necessary plans, and he steps in when doomsday throws them a curveball. They’re survivors, and a couple to be admired, even if there is a little eye-rolling now and again.
Tonight on Doomsday Preppers: A Fortress at Sea we profile Captain William E. Simpson, who lives in Portland, Oregon and fears a solar flare will lead to major collapse of the American power grid. Bill is training his relatives to operate the Iron Maiden; his bulletproof bug-out sailboat. We also meet, Kevin Coy, who is anxiously preparing for the Pacific Ring of Fire, a chain of volcanoes threatening the Pacific coast. Kevin has turned his caravan into a moving pantry and converted a charter bus into a mobile military battle bus. When the moment strikes, he’s ready, and he’s taking it all with him.
Tune in tonight at 9P!