Doomsday Preppers: It’s Gonna Get Worse Tonight at 9P et/pt

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.


  1. jamest
    March 27, 2012, 5:31 pm

    these people are only showing the people who are not ready for the situation, where they and their stash of food and weapons are hidden. Not to smart, they might be able to hold off 20 or 30 people at most. I feel sorry for them for acting like they do because if it does happen the one left out will rip them into.

  2. Bill Carpenter
    Palm Springs
    March 28, 2012, 2:07 am

    The vehicle featured on the show is an M109A3, not an M35 as described on the show. They have the same frame, engine etc, but the M35 has a truck bed, the M109 has the box.

  3. Jasmine
    March 28, 2012, 3:03 am

    What is wrong with my cable? It said the new episode was at 6pm tonight. Also, i usually can watch itondemand when i work late after midnight and its not on there yet.Whats up???

  4. Caleb
    March 29, 2012, 7:48 pm

    This show is great and I love watching it, however, I can’t help but notice how a lot of the preppers on the show only prepare for one disaster. That is great and all, if that disaster is the one to happen, but what if it doesn’t? These people will be as unprepared as non-preppers. Wouldn’t it be better to have a basic knowledge of all types of disasters and have the basic necessities to survive instead of spending countless dollars preparing for one disaster? Bug-out bags are great, as well as having food and water stored in your house for a few weeks even going as far as having an evacuation plan and a place to go is a good idea, but to just plan for lets say a national pandemic and nothing else is pointless especially if something totally different were to happen..

  5. Dustin
    United States
    March 30, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I think the producers really steer the guests into these types of “i’m preparing for XXX”. They think it’s what they need to do to make prepping more understandable. I think it’s very simplistic and silly.
    Comments from previous guests on several forums indicate this is the method of operations. I think a better format would be using an interesting host, like for example Mike Rowe from Dirty Jobs and spending half the show on one guest family or even a whole show. Getting to know these people and spending more time with them and what they are doing makes more sense.
    I don’t like the current format, it’s very simplistic and usually makes the preppers look silly. Most preppers don’t prepare for just one event. That’s just ridiculous.

  6. mike
    United States
    March 31, 2012, 7:38 pm

    Just watched the episode about the EMP prepper that will evacuate to the Arizona desert in his late model Jeep, towing all his supplies. An EMP would destroy all computer memory if I understand the tech correctly. So, how long will it take him to walk to the desert dragging his trailer by hand. An EMP would render all vehicles with a computer immobile.

  7. sirk
    April 1, 2012, 6:44 pm

    OK dude with the deuce and a half…don’t be one of “those” people who buy a mil Vic and think you can pass it off as not needing a license tag. While the deuce was pretty reliable the military has an extensive maintenance program to keep the fleet running. Not recommended for civilian use as the upkeep will get you every time.

  8. johanc
    Cape Town
    April 2, 2012, 11:23 am

    …these poor people are so clueless.

  9. Family Disaster Dogs
    familydisasterdogs . com
    April 3, 2012, 1:23 am

    I train dog owners how to teach their family dogs to help them during a disaster or emergency, how to find missing family members. The dogs are taught how to get and carry bug out bags or first aid equip, tools between people. Family dogs make great bug out and survival dogs. One thing the show hasn’t said much about is personal cleanliness. Without a way to go to stay clean and get rid of waste people will get sick.

  10. Sgt.Grover
    April 3, 2012, 8:00 pm

    I do believe that there will be a polar change. I don’t believe however that it is the end of the world. There may be some catastrophic events, but as the Mayans, Chinese, Astecs, and a few other civlizations, we will survive it. The Mayans believed it the dawn of a new world. They probably believed this as a result of a drastic change in the stars they watched. The polar shift will cause the earths crust to rotate to attempt to align itself with the new magnetic field, resulting in a much different view of the stars. Despite the theory that the Suns polarity changes often, I believe it only changes polarity when it is forced to by the orientation of our solar system with respect to the center of the universe. The Suns Polarity determines the polarity of all the planets in its magnetic field influence, when it changes, so must every planet in our solar system.

  11. bpprid
    April 3, 2012, 8:40 pm

    All that grocery store collection is wonderful but I wonder about how long it will “keep”. Packaged Pasta’s, box foods etc. will go “buggy” here in Florida. Also if not in sealed containers, you got ants, roaches, etc. Prepared Ketchups, salads dressings, etc. won’t keep forever either. I can’t keep food on my pantry shelves for very long past their expiration
    dates. I have also seen barrels of water. It won’t stay potable forever either. Just my thoughts.

  12. mack
    April 3, 2012, 8:58 pm

    Do these preppers realize that the Amish & Mennonites already live the way they are “prepping” to be able to “adjust to?” Just go spend some time with the Amish. They will teach you all you need to know about getting by without all those fancy-schmancy modern conveniences like cell phones or electricity.

  13. Big Mama
    SmallTown, IL
    April 8, 2012, 1:44 pm

    Are there any level-headed Americans out there that can help me? I need some serious advice. I am scared as anything. I see the show. I love it for reasons other than survival. But I do not see anybody prepping for an American race war. We had the Civil War over race and that could happen again. What frightens me is that ALL young men of any race in America are violent people. They curse and swear in general conversations, in public! From the urban thugs to the suburban racists to the rural good ‘ol boys and I am stuck in the middle. I live way out in the sticks. I have German Shepards(very handsome and athletic I might add). I have weapons and food for myself and one other for about four years now. I don’t want to hurt anybody. God will prevail and bless our country. But when the Zombies come (black and white boys), I would then have to defend myself. ‘sigh’. Please help with some sound advice. I am totally prepped to handle no electricity, no fuel, no grocery store, big storms, a flood and worthless cash even. But I do not want to hurt these precious young people. They just need to learn that they have been misled by very rich monsters. What they need to do is get together and strategize a way to change the feel of the country. There was a time when fed up folks stormed the Bastile. What the heck happened to nerve?

  14. hitecredneck
    huntspatch alabama
    April 11, 2012, 11:29 am

    Please get a technical support on EMP, those of us who make a living in this field are amused by the use of painted trash cans as shielding or testing trash cans for shielding with a car battery. The field produced is rf (similar to lightning) and not DC.

  15. molly
    April 11, 2012, 11:34 am


  16. Doug
    April 18, 2012, 1:56 am

    One thing I get from watching the show.
    These narcissist people creep me out!

    It’s nice to be prepared, but these weirdo’s are like those obsessive hoarders!!!!

    I really feel these preppers just want an excuse to kill someone on their property!

    If these weirdo’s are still around, I don’t want to be!

    Well, I do feel this year we maybe should protect our electronics and generators.
    I bought some EMP protection Faraday containers on Ebay last week.
    I feel so much better now that all of my electronics are now protected.
    If I would lose my hard drives I would die!

    I have been watching the Sun weather reports.

    Magnetic fields curling over the sun’s northeastern limb rose up and erupted, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years. The event, which also produced an M1.7-class solar flare and a coronal mass ejection, was not Earth-directed. Nevertheless, it confirms suspicions that a significant active region is rotating onto the Earth-side of the sun.

  17. Steve
    April 18, 2012, 8:14 am

    Preppers Top 3 Rules.
    1. DO NOT build pipe bombs on national TV
    2. DO NOT show everyone where you bury your gold and sliver.
    3. DO NOT store your glass jars of food, on wobbly shelving. Especially if your fear is and EARTHQUAKE!

  18. Bunnie Ferro
    Lisbon, Ohio
    April 25, 2012, 8:24 am

    We watch your show for tips…….. Some god and some we question. We have been prepping for about a year but not for one particular event. Because there are so many different reasons.

    Our family are Missionaries to Mexico as well as locally here at home, where we work with the homeless and poverty stricken. Since we began helping others in our area we have noticed how bad our economy and the programs that were put in place to help are deteriorating. ……..While the Mexican government just doesn’t have much of anything in place to help their people and their Economy has deteriorated a long time ago.

    We decided to buy a home with a small amount of land close to town, but not too close. We are working on being “fully self suficiant”…….ie: Chickens, goats, beef and milk cows. A garden, can and preserve, generator, a small arsenal, ect.

    I also am what people call an extreme couponer and am able to purchase roughly $300-$600 twice a month for $100-300, which has given us a nice stockpile of supplies/food.

    I had an idea for your show, when we watched the episode with the new prepper and his wife who began prepping after watching the people of Haiti struggle.

    You should choose a few new prepper families and follow their progress for a while, giving tips from your professionals throught the episodes that both the families you are following AND those watching can use. Kind of like a Peppers 101 thing only a bit more tutorial for those who are searching for the tips and ideas to help them with their prepping.

    ………Just an idea!

  19. ?
    April 26, 2012, 12:13 pm

    good show good info now if you could just get some more vidios that play right

  20. Shawn Lewis
    Modesto, California
    April 27, 2012, 3:46 am

    Nice to see people becoming more aware. Nobody really knows if this is going to kick off or not. I know one thing for sure, I got my garden seeds just in case. Besides, even if this doomsday never happens, I can still use my garden seeds to grow healthy food. People should be prepared anyways. I found this web site that offers 150 different vegetable varieties for 30 bucks! seed4food dot com they also sell them on ebay.

  21. John
    Down South
    April 29, 2012, 2:59 pm

    You’re made the commitment to defend your cache at all costs. Who’s going to bury the dead that will be stacked up around the perimeter of your compound/home after you shoot and kill them ….?

    Will this task be performed in broad daylight? Will the marauders have weapons as well? Will they lie in wait? Will other preppers covet your cache over their own? Can they be trusted?

    Will the dead be left to rot as a warning to others that might search for food and water?

    Isn’t it 3 days to animal?

    Are you prepared to live with the smell of death all around you?

  22. Cheryl Beck
    near Prescott AZ
    May 1, 2012, 11:26 am

    I would love to get in touch with the McClung’s of Phoenix, mainly because their ingenuity of the fish pond, the natural support system they have for all their animals and making their own food is something I would love to learn! I could always be a bug-out homestead for them up in the high country! Just getting started – lots to learn! And does anyone know how to add a manual hand pump to your electric well?

  23. ?
    May 3, 2012, 6:07 pm


  24. Jody
    May 13, 2012, 7:43 pm

    Cheryl, The McClung’s were genious. I am a new prepper just getting started and would love to learn all they had to teach. Maybe they could get a website going to help us new people be able to do what they do. I actually have a pool that is not being used myself.

  25. Barb
    May 28, 2012, 7:57 pm

    I watch the show for tips some are good, but some are just nuts. Sometimes I do not understand exactly what they are preparing for, especially when they say New Madrid Fault and have glass jars of food stored on the top shelf above a concrete floor in the lowest level of their home. I only hope that none of them get killed by their own ‘traps’ However I have to say that I have seen my city in a snow storm, and if there is ever a real disaster it will be gruesome and I will want to stay as close to home as possible. . Lately the little commercials say prepare for 7 to 10 days, when last year it was 3 days 3 ways, some people understand there will be no help coming. I don’t believe that prepared people are anything but sensible for the most part, there are lots of us out there no one even knows about except maybe the FedEx guy if he reads the return addresses.

  26. Lisa
    North Carolina
    May 30, 2012, 9:26 am

    My comment is about people storing so much pasta and food that needs water to be prepared. Where is all that water going to come from? No matter what the disaster, water will be an extremely precious commodity and it seems that some preppers are not being realistic about how much water they will need to survive, never mind cook with.

  27. Wakeup
    June 8, 2012, 1:57 pm

    Love the show! Some great ideas!

  28. Ed_B
    Pacific NW USA
    July 9, 2012, 11:16 pm

    Big Mama said, “We had the Civil War over race and that could happen again.”

    Sorry, Big Mama, but the US civil war was fought for pretty much the very same reason as every other war… economics. Race was used as an excuse for it, however.

    As to roving bands of unprepared brigands who will kill good folks, such as yourself, and steal all that you have put away to survive a real emergency situation, mourn not for them for their way serves evil. Defend yourself with joy and fierceness!

  29. Marty
    July 10, 2012, 5:38 pm

    We all must admit that we are far more vulnerable now than ever despite all so called “advances” in the last 100 years. The electrical grid is a scary mess doomed to crash eventually. Our metropolitan dependency and urbanization has made most of us lazy, fat and uninformed. If any of these “Preppers” are even remotely on…. we will see incredible societal upheaval

  30. Sim
    July 13, 2012, 6:58 pm

    We started prepping after 911.And when my husband lost his job 3 years ago all the prepping of food is what saved our butts. A disaster doesn’t need to be a catastrophy to be a disaster!

  31. JK
    July 23, 2012, 8:20 pm

    I think we need to filter the ‘made for tv’ elements inherent in this kind of show and see prepping as less fringe and more mainstream. I run a multimillion dollar business and I maintain a ‘business continuity plan’ which is a clear guidebook for recovery due to unexpected events. A very good insurance policy which I test annually. Sounds like prepping without the reality tv side of things.

  32. Texas Granny
    July 30, 2012, 1:14 am

    When is the next season of Doomsday Preppers going to start? Anybody know? I like the show and get a lot of good info from it.

  33. Texas Granny
    C. Texas
    July 30, 2012, 1:21 am

    When is the next season of Doomsday Preppers going to start? Anybody know? I like the show and get a lot of good info from it. July 30,2012 1:13 a.m. And I like the setup the McClungs had too.

  34. John
    August 29, 2012, 7:07 pm

    check out my blog for the news and info about the oncoming treats

    [website redacted]

  35. CurtisB
    Hermiston, Oregon
    September 3, 2012, 1:46 am

    Hey Dustin……is it “simplistic and silly” ???

  36. Mrs. Anita
    September 20, 2012, 11:08 am

    The best part of the show is: Are you prepared for a Serious storms. flooding or earthquakes. It does even have to be a war, solar flares etc. This show I hope made the public to wake up and smell the coffee. Look at the hurricane damages, our Country does not have enough money to cover what your home owners does cover. It is a loan to help you.

  37. Prepper
    October 4, 2012, 8:39 pm

    Great show! Great examples of what to do and what not to do. Get prepared, check out our 7 step preparedness plan at PREPPER RECON.COM

  38. jen
    ontario canada
    October 6, 2012, 3:27 pm

    why cant i find doomsday preppers on tv now is it off the air whats happened to it ?

  39. Linda
    Gulf coast
    October 8, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Like the comments that new season should be specifically tutorial and how to (what measurements, what supplier, what testing results, etc.). Get rid of the fringe elements and focus on mainstream peppers. I had much of my prepping in place when hurricane Ike hit. Almost 3 weeks without electricity. Municipal water supply was on again, off again. Travel was difficult because of debris and police restrictions. Practical prepping is something every prudent person should seriously consider.

  40. obearlady
    United States
    October 11, 2012, 11:46 am

    when is the show coming back on?

  41. Steve Kincaid
    san diego
    April 5, 2014, 6:03 pm

    I was having a conversation with my Son in Law. He stated that if my dad and his where talking 40 or 50 years ago about the End… they would have had basically one End item… The bomb. But now, as my Son in Law and I talk, we have a list of maybe 10 End of good time scenarios. Any of which can kill us. Be scared, be careful ! Get Busy.

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