questionshave you watched doomsday preppers on the…

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We should revisit this question again on Dec 22, 2012

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Every time I see this question, I'm reading it as "Doomsday Peppers" which I would totally watch. The Preppers, on the other hand, not so much.

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Is that kinda like Hoarders that believe the Mayan thing?

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@houndlax: Kinda. It's about people that think the world will turn into chaos for any number of reasons (financial collapse, earthquakes, EMP from solar flares). So, they prepare by stockpiling food, water, weapons, etc.

I do have to admit I have a similar reaction to watching Hoarders. I've only seen it a few times, but have found myself saying "wow, that guy has a lot of cool stuff".

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interesting stuff, they're either nuts or the rest of us will be kicking ourselves in the butt at some future point

We live in California, so we have 2 bug-out bags at home, and 1 in each vehicle with a few candy bars, bottles of water, first aid kit, swiss army knife, flashlight, flint&steel, and blankets. The ones in each of the cars would keep our family of 5 safe/warm/fed for about 48 hours, and the two at home would last our family about a week

All the kits have some cash in them, the ones at home also have small handcrank radio&flashlight combos that also have a plug to power a celphone(got them for about $5 each).

We also have about a month's worth of bottled water, dry/canned foods, camp stove, tent, plenty of batteries, and 1 month's supply of our regular prescription meds stored in a locked steel cabinet in the garage. 1 pistol, 1 shotgun, and several hundred rounds of ammo are in a safe in the closet along with a few hundred bucks and copies of our ID's/SS cards/passports

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By no means do I consider our family "preppers", we just have a little bit extra of the same stuff most people have around their house, it's just we keep it in a designated cabinet/bag, and we've always owned firearms. I lived in a part of San Jose that was without power for about 48-72 hours after the 89' loma prieta quake, and it was eerie seeing our neighborhood shops and grocery stores closed for days, even though it was only a 10 minute drive to a part of town that had power.

Now, for the original question, I watched the show, and some of them appear just plain nuts. That chick that planned to hike out of the city was totally unprepared and unrealistic.

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@kamikazeken: I actually liked the part where the guy said "I hope I am crazy" because he'd rather be crazy and prepped for nothing than see the world have a disaster worth his prepping

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when I was a kid, I used to wish there would be an apocalypse, lol