History Channel: After Armageddon

by Erich

history_channel Sorry this is so last minute but I just wanted to clue you guys in on the fact that the History channel will be broadcasting a show tonight called After Armageddon. It starts at 8:00pm EST and will also be on several times this week in case you can’t get to it tonight. A friend of mine, Kevin Reeve, who is the owner of the OnPoint Tactical school will be featured in it so look out for him and check out his school (I highly recommend it).

Here is the official description:

After Armageddon

What have past acts of destruction taught us about what will happen to mankind after the apocalypse? Is it inevitable that disaster will someday strike America on an unprecedented level? How has history prepared us? History’s most dramatic events – Hiroshima, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and others – are examined and analyzed with hard data gathered from their massive aftereffects. The disappearance of water and food supplies, the effects of deteriorated sanitation and health care on the remaining population, and the increased use of violence as a means of survival – all illustrate how societies have responded and survived.

Here’s the current schedule (in EST):

Tuesday, January 05 08:00 PM
Wednesday, January 06 12 am
Saturday, January 09 8 pm
Sunday, January 10 12 am

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Comment by Jon
2010-01-06 13:16:18

I watched this last night, I thought it was a pretty good show. I didn’t agree with the choices the family depicted in the show made, but that is besides the point.

I thought the best part was when they got to the “small town” and the people had the road blocked. Why is it that everybody who lives in the city has the idea that they will just go to the country or some small town? All this land is already owned and will be defended. Chances are that 99% of refugees will be turned away. I say 99% because some folks with certain skills such as doctors will be let in.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2010-01-07 01:22:49

Hey Jon,

Thanks for the comments. I agree that the show was pretty good. It definitely opened my eyes to the need to develop more key “relationships” with others who have important skill sets. Also numbers provide better security. Trying to shelter-in and to defend my food and water storage by my lonesome would not be easy in this type of situation that they depicted.

Comment by Chad
2011-03-19 22:09:35

I dvr’d and watched with anticipation expecting a decent show. It in my opinion should have been called “After Armegeddon Lite.” It had less taste and was less filling. That family had no business ‘surviving’ after the first week. It portrayed those with firearms as predators waiting to ambush the innocent. If you don’t have a defensive weapon system in place before an event, you will be dead.

There were just so many things that were just ‘dumb luck’ that helped that family ‘survive.’ What are the real life odds of such luck befalling them. Ditching their vehicle because of a flat tire? Get it to a safer spot and put on the spare. Drink anti-freeze? Are you kidding me! Even if the stuff was not poisonous, there would be a lot of contamination from being run through an engine to make it hazardous. No T-shirt filter is going to make that drinkable. Instead, look for a hot water heater and drain it of it’s potable water.

As it’s been quite a while since I’ve seen the show, I no longer remember all the bad ideas that they portrayed. Even if it was the producer’s intention to show an average family coping with armegeddon and bumbling through survival, it is my belief they would not have survived until the reestablishment of civilization.

With all it’s faults, I’m still glad the show was produced because it got some people who were in ‘sheople’ mode to think about emergency situations. The one thing it was missing was providing sources to further one’s quest for education in such matters.


Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-03-21 20:57:28

Hey Chad,

Yeah, many portions of the show were a bit unrealistic but overall I did find the message a good one. Like you mentioned, it did a good job at getting people thinking about prepping and the more that are prepared the better off we’ll all be.

Comment by Steve Ward
2011-08-29 23:29:39

Chad you are correct. A plan needs to be in place with a weapon before an event occurs. We will need more than a t-shirt to filter some waters we may be forced to drink. Bleach in small quantities can be used and there are tablets at a general surplus store or camping stores that can be bought. Granted it will not taste too good but the goal is to keep you alive. Read and download whatever you can get your hands on. Different survival books have different ideas and people do not forget first aid. Antiseptics, guaze, Kerlex (a wrap), ice/heat packs, Ibuprofen and the likes need to be on hand. I have went so far as to have a supply of antibiotics, muscle relaxers and pain killers on hand. We are both nurses so our first aid supply is extensive. The show was correct in stating digestion of food takes water from your system. We bought a barrel system to collect rain water from the roof/gutters. The barrel holds 85 gallons. At present we use it to water the flowers, but that can quickly be changed. Homeland Security suggests a 3 month supply of food, which is great. More is better just watch the dates on your canned goods. And of course water. The debate about 2012 does not matter because eventually something will happen and we will all need to be self sufficient.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2011-08-31 12:09:17


Thanks for your great comments and suggestions! Medical supplies are probably the weakest link in all my preps. That’s fantastic that you both have access to those supplies. Any ideas on how non-medical personnel can get those types of supplies?

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