Doomsday Preppers Season 3 premieres on October 27. The NatGeo original movie, American Blackout premieres the same evening. This season of Doomsday Preppers is focusing more on “builds” and the “How To” aspect of preparedness than ever before. The “Take Back Our Country” season premiere episode features two intelligent and well-trained prepper guys and their families.
Rodney, from Alaska, has 20 years of emergency preparedness and survival experience.The Doomsday Preppers tattoo artist uses his artistic skills to help pay for his $100,000 worth of preps. Rodney, his wife Lisa, and their 16-year-old daughter Megan are concerned about a mega Tsunami hitting their area and causing life as they know it to at least temporarily, come to an abrupt end. Rodney builds an underwater cache system which he and his family place 14-feet down in the water during the Doomsday Preppers season premiere. Rodney will use a homemade tankless scuba system to retrieve his emergency cache.
Since not everyone can afford some of the expensive prepping projects shown on the NatGeo hit series, the network is trying something new for the benefit of the audience this season. Rick Austin, the Survival Gardener, and Survivor Jane, of #Preppertalk fame on Twitter, will be creating a companion budget build inspired by the show each week. This week Rick and Jane built an underwater pipe cache system which mimics the one Rodney built on Doomsday Preppers for around $50.
Survivor Jane had this to say to The Inquisitr when asked about her experience working with National Geographic and Doomsday Preppers:
“I’m really excited about partnering with NatGeo and Rick Austin for the DP3 Budget Builds. With the economy on a sliding slope, people are searching for alternatives – and that includes preppers and their preps. Rick and I take one build from each episode and make a budget friendly version – which has been both a challenge and a success. We are hoping to show prepping is not always about a lot of money and that with a little ingenuity you can accomplish the same solution.”
An excerpt from Survivor Jane and the Survival Gardener’s underwater cache pipe build:
“Inspired by prepper Rodney Dial’s extravagant underwater cache system, but don’t have the means to travel by boat or have scuba gear laying around? We’re bringing you budget versions of the preps inspired by our very own season three prepper builds. Problem: It can be difficult to find secret buried caches of food, supplies, and ammunition once they are in the ground. And it can take too much time to dig them up, just when you need them the most. Solution: Underwater Caches. By using waterproof PVC plastic piping to hide your supplies, your cache can be hidden in plain sight [under water in a pond, stream, water tank, etc.] and your cache can quickly be recovered when you need it most.”
The second prepper featured on the season premiere of emergency preparedness reality show is from Oregon. Curt, his wife Wendy, and their two children are concerned about natural disaster and an economic collapse. the electrical contractor has most definitely used his professional skills to enhance his level of preparedness. Curt has not just one but 30 bugout vehicles. And what bugout vehicles they are. The ultimate bugout machine created from a standard SUV is quite impressive. The built included the use of four thousand pounds of ballistic steal, fire proofing materials, and a power booster that would have made Burt Reynolds Smokey and the Bandit character jealous. The creative use of a cow catcher would help Curt and his family escape from their Oregon home if abandoned cars littered the roadways.’
While introducing himself to the audience, Curt very bluntly, and accurately shared his feelings about well the federal government is leading the nation. The Oregon prepper said, “If you think the government is doing things right, you’re really messed up and brainwashed. Bad corporations, labor unions, and special interests have way too much influence. When the $16 trillion debt comes due, the government will shut down, there will be very little commerce, and all the things we take for granted on a daily basis will be gone.”
Practical Preppers CEO Scott Hunt will once again be providing assessments of Doomsday Preppers participants. Hunt will have enhanced access to the folks showcase on the series this year, enabling him to better review their skills, store preps, and their home or bugout strengths and weaknesses.
When asked by The Inquisitr about his take on the new season of Doomsday Preppers Hunt said, “Season 3 is about ‘the build’ A special concept, device, invention that will help folks weather the crisis they are preparing for.” The new Practical Preppers app is now available for free on iPhone and Android platforms.
Q&A With Scott Hunt
Are you a prepper yourself?
Hunt: Of course! I was a prepper before prepping was cool! Seriously, I have been “homesteading” for about 15 years.
Are you feeding on paranoia?
Hunt: Absolutely not! We see with our clients they actually feel safer and tell us they have LESS anxiety the more prepared they are.
Is there a large prepping community?
Hunt: Yes. The community is just starting to be self-aware. When I started, there were no conferences, no TV shows, not even a base to start conversations on. Now, there are thousands of people coming to conferences.
What about people who want to start prepping? Someone wants to just start off small, what do you recommend?
Hunt: I’d suggest starting with stocking enough emergency items including water, food, fuel, first aid kit and portable shelter to last three days. Take it to the level you are comfortable with. FEMA recommends this too, as it takes about that long for Red Cross, FEMA and other agencies to get established in the affected area:
Rick Austin, author of Amazon bestseller, Secret Garden of Survival had this to say to The Inquisitr about the new “builds” focused season and his role in the budget friendly companion project:
“The new season of Doomsday Preppers brings bigger builds, higher-tech survival gear and even more extreme bug-out plans. Survivor Jane and I break down the builds with simple, affordable, do-it-yourself tips so that anyone can prepare for impending disaster. [On ‘The Flight Ahead’ episode budget build] Transportation after ‘The End of the World As We Know It – TEOTWAWKI, there is no gas, no cars and limited means of long-distance and fast transportation. It’s also dangerous to be on the roads. Solution: Battle Bike — quiet, relatively fast, long-distance, sturdy multiterrain mountain bike, with rifle mount on the handlebars; oil spill canisters; and sharpened jacks [child’s game] to keep pursuers at bay.”
Meet Doomsday Prepper Rodney Dial
Rodney Dial lives in Ketchikan, Alaska, with his wife, Lisa, and their 17-year-old daughter, Megan. Rodney is a former U.S. Army Ranger and expert diver who now provides critical security services to citizens living throughout Alaska.
But in Rodney’s eyes, the greatest threat Alaskan citizens face is a mega-earthquake like the one Alaska experienced in 1964; it was the second most powerful earthquake of all time and caused significant damage in the state.
In order to prepare, he started a tattoo shop, Alaska Ink, and has dedicated the entire profit for the past five years to converting his home into a prepper’s paradise complete with a custom-built, fully street legal, light tank. To better survive doomsday, Rodney has looked below the surface of the ocean, where he hides hidden caches of supplies in waters protected from tsunamis and looters by the terrain of Alaska’s famed Inside Passage. These underwater caches full of essential survival supplies are accessible in an emergency with his custom-built, solar charged, tankless scuba system. Rodney’s advanced military and security background, combined with his Armored Vehicle “War Machine,” underwater supply cashes and ability to live off the land, make him a formidable prepper in Alaska.
“I am a lifelong Alaskan and was raised from an early age to have the tools, supplies and skills to survive hardships in a rural Alaskan setting. My father, a former Alaska State Trooper, survived Alaska’s great earthquake of 1964 and helped instill a self-reliant mindset in me that continues to this day. I expanded on that knowledge when I became a U.S. Army Ranger and became certified by the Army as a Jungle Survival Expert, living in the jungles of Central America for extended periods of time. After completing my military enlistment, I returned to Alaska and put my military and security knowledge to use serving the citizens of Alaska.
My family started prepping full time with the Y2K event. I have been providing security services to Alaskans for over 23 years. The experiences gained from this profession, including the countless search and rescue events I have participated in, have made me realize how fragile life/security is and have reinforced the importance of active family prepping.”
Rodney’s Tips For Novice Preppers
- We would advise people to start small and work their way up. Numerous steps can be taken with limited financial resources. For example, the most immediate need is water, and for most, water is free; however, many people have limited supplies on hand.
- Develop a family plan on what to do … when. See “The Four P’s” above.
- Rinse out old plastic milk jugs and use them to store water (for free); refill them every 30 days with fresh water. You will need at least one gallon per person, per day, and at least seven days’ supply.
- Obtain an extra food item each time you go to the grocery store and dedicate it to your emergency food supply. Label and rotate your stock.
- Prepare a three-day “bug-out bag” with everything necessary for your family to survive for three days (numerous examples online of what the contents should be).
- Prepare a minimum seven-day emergency food and water supply for your primary (and, if you have one) secondary “bug-out” location.
- Develop a network of friends you can access in an emergency to support each other. There is strength in numbers.
- Develop a means of providing security to protect your family and supplies. Train, train, train …. as a family.
- Continuing education — research, learn, and continue to grow as a family to be more self-sufficient and able to appropriately address hardship.
Will you be watching the Doomsday Preppers Season 3 premiere and American Blackout on NatGeo?
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