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Doomsday Preppers by National Geographic Channel premiers September 17

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Many have predicted 2012 to be the year when the world comes to an end. Real or not, it always helps to be prepared for a disaster. Entitled Doomsday Preppers, National Geographic Channel’s all new series showcases the lives of ordinary people that have taken extraordinary steps to prepare for the worst. For some, it can be as simple as stacking up food in preparation for a financial meltdown. For others, it can be as extreme as building an “ark” prepared for the nuclear apocalypse. Read on for the full press release. Don’t forget to check out the photos and the trailers near the end of the post.

Faced with predictions that the end of the world as we know it will happen this year, most people can’t help but speculate on the idea of doomsday fast approaching. Whether the existence of humankind will end through natural means – massive solar flares, continents overthrown by water, or killer earthquakes—or man-made devastations such as a global economic downfall, nuclear accident, or a worldwide pandemic – the thought is frightening.

Doomsday Preppers by National Geographic Channel

But for some who are convinced the end of humankind can be salvaged, prepping for the apocalypse to come is vital. National Geographic Channel looks into the lives of ordinary people preparing for the world’s end in the all new series Doomsday Preppers, premiering on September 17, Monday at 9 p.m.

In the program, viewers are taken inside the lifestyle, subculture, and drastic preparations made by these individuals, uncovering a wide assortment of preparation styles and approaches. Man or woman, young or old, these people are united with one purpose: to train themselves to face the worst.

Planting seeds

In each episode, the progress of the preppers’ survival plans are reviewed, logistic and contingency plans are assessed, overall preparedness is rated, and the chances of survival are analyzed by a group of expert, long-time apocalypse planners called Practical Preppers who share their knowledge through teaching, training, and consulting. So are these preppers practical or paranoid? That’s for the viewers to decide.

In the series’ pilot episode, I Hope I Am Crazy, Dennis Evers teaches his whole family special skills to withstand a threatening financial collapse. Similarly, Kellene Bishop instructs women of quick-draw shooting and hand-to-hand combat in preparation for lawlessness when the economy collapses.

Doomsday Preppers by National Geographic Channel

Kathy Harrison introduces her like-minded community on how they work together to prepare for a world where supermarkets and retail stores are obsolete. And in the event an electro-magnetic pulse destroys communication in the planet, David Sarti is prepared to use his home as a solar-powered communications hub for post-Apocalyptic America.

In the second episode, Bullets, Lots of Bullets, Paul and Gloria Range believe that a pole shift will happen resulting to shattering climate changes and natural disasters. In preparation, they have so far built a home out of nine shipping containers, stockpiled 23,000 kilograms of food, maintained a concrete tank with 14,000 liters of rainwater, and devised an evacuation drill to be implemented on doomsday.

Doomsday Preppers by National Geographic Channel

Meanwhile, Chris Nyerges is currently foraging for food and drinkable water in the event a massive earthquake shuts down the food supply chain. Megan Hurwitt prepares for a catastrophic oil crisis by gathering food, water, and medical supplies while simultaneously training to shoot and hunt in defense of her would-be attackers.

Succeeding episodes include drastic prepping as Pat Brabble showcases his constructed secret room in his barn that is full of guns, ammunition and plenty of alcohol for trade in Back to the Stone Age. While in Nine Meals Away from Anarchy, Mike Mester shows his two trained German Shepherds to protect him and their family as they stockpile food, fuel, and weapons for the imminent economic collapse.

Fishing in the greenhouse

National Geographic Doomsday Preppers photos

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National Geographic Doomsday Preppers videos

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