With the upcoming premieres of American Blackout and Doomsday Preppers later this week and early next, we’re beginning to feel a little unprepared over here – in fact, my weekend plans may include figuring out a 72-hour food and water storage plan. But how have others been affected by shows like these? We posed the following question to a group of experts on the topic of preparedness to find out:
Judging from recent apocalyptic films This is the End and World War Z to “what if” disaster shows like NBC’s Revolution or Nat Geo Channel’s upcoming American Blackout, to reality fare like Doomsday Preppers, it’s safe to say that the “end of the world as we know it” is on everyone’s mind. But what effect has TV shows and films like these had on the prepping movement?
Read the first part here and read on for more thoughts on the topic.
Angela from Food Storage and Survival, just dealt with a scheduled six hour power outage in her town – nothing compared to the 10 day long American Blackout (though we have a feeling Angela is well prepared for either scenario). Once the power came back on, she had a chance to check out new episodes of Doomsday Preppers as well as American Blackout. Her takeaway:
“Definitely some food for thought presented in this movie–especially if you haven’t considered a long term power outage as part of your preparedness plans.”
Angela also appreciated the new format of Doomsday Preppers this season, focused on bigger preps and builds:
“Doomsday Preppers has always been an entertaining show, and this year it looks like they’re trying to sway a little bit toward more education.”
Head over to her blog to give your own two cents on “end of the world” TV and films.
Christopher E. Hill of Survival and Prosperity notes a strong correlation between the increasing number of individuals taking up preparedness and the rise of post-apocalyptic media:
“Despite often portraying more extreme prepper types (it’s just show business!), it’s my belief such productions have increased the ranks of preppers in the United States, thereby assisting public safety agencies across the United States in the event of a real disaster as preppers should be able to take care of themselves and a number of other individuals in many cases, freeing up limited resources to be applied elsewhere in the emergency response.”
Check out his blog for more of his thoughts on this topic as well as general information on “protecting and growing self and wealth in these uncertain times”.
Silent Prepper (a pseudonym used to keep his identity private) on Prepper Central notes that not all the attention brought to the preparedness movement through these types of TV shows and films has been positive:
“I will say that people are more aware now that they need to be self-sufficient when it comes to disasters, etc., and it is about a 50/50 split amongst the general population on their agreeing with being a prepper or not….just like anything else, [Doomsday Preppers] has its pros and cons. It is up to you on what you take away from it. Remember, any disaster scenario is possible and we just had one close call with our own federal government shutting down. Again, you have to decide what is important for you and your loved ones.”
For more thoughts on this topic as well as all things TEOTWAWKI preparedness, check out Prepper Central.
Tara Dodrill of Common Sense Prepping discusses the difference between those taking the self-reliant community seriously and those who mock it:
“The impact prepper movies and survival television shows have had on the preparedness movement have been both positive and negative. The tinfoil hat contingent does make appearances on the big and small screens, but so many others are merely interested in educating the masses about the importance of living a more self-reliant lifestyle.”
Tara also notes changes in the new season of Doomsday Preppers, which she believes “greatly enhance the series:
“National Geographic’s new season of Doomsday Preppers surely appears to be taking the views of the self-reliant community seriously…This season of Doomsday Preppers is focusing more on ‘builds’ and the ‘how to’ aspect of preparedness than ever before.”
For more preparedness news, events and tips, click over to Common Sense Prepping.
Jane, of Survivor Jane which focuses on survival preparedness by and for women, discusses the ability to learn from circumstances that she’s never personally experienced:
“I for one since becoming a prepper, have always used the visual media to learn from. I’m a visual person so to watch a television show or a film that deals with living in a catastrophic, post-apocalyptic world, or in less than stellar circumstances, helps me to mentally prepare for a world I’ve never experienced. In fact, lots of preparedness-minded people do the same. It’s a way to visually learn from the blatant mistakes made by some or creative ways to do something or how to better survive our end of the world as we know it.”
Read more about her thoughts on the pros and cons of “prepping” going mainstream over on Survivor Jane.
Thanks again to all the bloggers above who took the time to join in the discussion – we hope you’ll do the same in the comments section below.