Why Be Subjected to Ridicule by Appearing on "Doomsday Preppers"

by Erich

Here’s a guest post written by Dennis Evers who is featured on the new show “Doomsday Preppers” produced by National Geographic. He provides some insight into why he chose to be featured on the show despite potential ridicule or OPSEC concerns

When “Doomsday Preppers” contacted me and asked if I would be willing to put my family on their show I was reluctant, but it was put up or shut up time. As a former police chief, I’ve written for years in my spare time (when I’m not building signals) about disaster preparedness and recovery, terrorism and business continuity for some of the most prestigious security, business and government oriented publications in the US; most of them on assignment. My emergency response book has sold over 160,000 copies globally to police, fire, the Secret Service, all branches of the military and government, and is used by numerous Fortune 500’s as an emergency SOP. How could I turn down the opportunity to preach preparedness to a national audience?

One concern I had was that they would do things like call our gateless property that has “welcome” signs hung about, a “compound”, or take other “dramatic license”. Granted, they did stage some scenes to “spice things up” but after all, it is TV and it is entertainment and quite frankly, preparing is boring.

We are not prepared for doomsday; I simply advocate being prepared for any type of crisis that might affect my family. Act of God or act of man, their safety is paramount. If people wish to put the survival of their loved ones in the hands of corrupt, dysfunctional, self-serving political and financial systems that has each taxpayer owing $135,732.00 (as of 2/11/12) that’s their right. Source http://www.usdebtclock.org/

Our preparedness has allowed us to ride out several snow storms and power outages without a hiccup. When a massive forest fire encroached, we took in families and livestock because we were prepared, not for doomsday, but for fire. Our grass was green and mowed, with a huge safety buffer and portable water tank, pump and hose.

Those that didn’t have basic disaster prep in the form of a defensible space fire plan lost their houses because it always happened to “someone else”.

As far as my kids go, they are taught skill for life, not disaster skills. Things like how to change their oil, starter, brake pads, how to do some basic wood and metal working so they can build things. My girls all know how to completely service their vehicles bumper to bumper because it saves money, helps insure that some unscrupulous mechanic won’t be able to take advantage of them, and might get them safely home if their car breaks down.

I am not a tree-bark eating, live-in-a cave type of guy. I simply believe in the Boy Scout motto, and feel that the onus of survival rests squarely on our shoulders. Look at all the people sitting on roofs post-Katrina that didn’t have the foresight to take food and water up there after they pooh-poohed numerous warnings to evacuate. We have an oblivious generation whose entire existence is “i” toys, worshipping vacuous celebrities and brawling over sneakers.

As far as security goes, there are no guarantees whatsoever in life so we will continue to simply keep an eye peeled and trust in God alone.

I’ve had some pretty wild things flung at me for being on the show, (and as a cop) but one thing about age is the older you get, the less you care about what other people think. If TSHTF and I weren’t prepared, I couldn’t face my family.

If anyone saw the show and realized that they should invest in some basic prepping, that’s great and it was worth it. A family that has a one or two month’s supply of food and water will be less of a burden (and a threat) on an already over-taxed emergency response system. If they want to take it further, good for them. For those of you that think we’re nuts, you’re absolutely entitled. Just be sure you enjoy the Kool Aid.

For more information about Dennis Evers, his book and how to contact him please visit HowToHandleACrisis.com

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Comment by Susan I.
2012-02-17 10:55:36

Very well put.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-02-17 17:04:29

I agree. I think he’ll be able to help a lot of people by inspiring them to be better prepared. I really feel that the more people that are prepared for any type of disaster whether small or large, the less “chaos” that we’ll see if the “big one” ever hits one day.

Comment by Silas Longshot
2012-02-18 08:30:04

Well, done Mr Evers. Thanks for resiting the efforts of the show producers to make us preppers look ‘nuts’ or ‘extremist’, which I feel is the underlying intent of those folks. I’m thinking the audience for this show could be crudely divided into the group that’s looking for entertainment along the lines of ridicule and derision of folks who are wise enough to not expect the fedgov to do everything in their lives and the other group made up of fellow preppers looking to pick up a tip for their own use.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-02-18 10:58:47

I find it both entertaining (not in a derisive way) and full of great ideas/tips. 🙂

Comment by tammoura
2012-03-01 11:23:43

I did not watch the show, as a silent activist and prepper it dawned on me how much this show put the family’s at risk. It is good to be prepared for things, but in the event of social breakdown, which does happen even in the simplest disasters, those family’s since seen by hundreds of viewers will be preyed upon since they have a stash of food, med supplies, survival gear.I keep up with your postings and get your e mails so I understand your purpose here, totally commendable.How ever announcing you have the materials and capability to survive puts you directly in the line of fire for thieves, bandits who will murder you and your family for a simple bottle of water or a warm blanket.It is is better to remain helpful to help a few who search your help out and stay silent to those who will smile at you in times of normalcy but will stalk you in the times of a disaster. One thing those family’s did not think about is being a target to those who wish to survive also.I am glad they choose to help and educate but at what price do they pay for that in the face of a disaster or social unrest?

Comment by nikolaus legendre
2012-03-15 21:10:19

The “Experts” who comment at the end of each feature are the only one’s I find ridiculous. How did they ever become “experts” if their doubt factor is so high?

Comment by Jeffrey
2012-03-17 23:44:19

It is my opinion that the government is somehow behind producing this show….think about it they want people to stock pile guns, ammo. food, water ect. to label tindividuals as a security threat the hold them indefinitly with out trial according to its new law and definition of a security threat. It is very clear ro me…

Comment by Jeffrey
2012-03-17 23:45:36

I also agree I always ask who are these fucking experts???

Comment by Cal
2012-04-03 22:21:51

I am of the opinion that the show serves a better purpose than many of you have thought. It brings a lot of new people into the prepper culture, myself included. Before this show I never knew people like this existed. I never knew anyone would do this, or why. I had no clue this was going on. I’d bet there are thousands (+) of Americans like me in this thinking…and this show even if it is dramatized a bit has enlightened them a bit. Fact is my Father and myself agree…..prepping is not a bad idea. We’re both military and we know that being prepared is important.

2012-04-03 23:27:25

Some great comments Cal. The more people that “wake up” and get prepared the better off we’ll all be.

Comment by Jason
2012-04-12 09:09:45

My regret in the show was not having more control but you live & you learn.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-04-13 05:09:46


Were you on the show? I’d love for you to comment some more about your experiences.

Comment by Mark Loedding
2012-04-18 23:05:16

I enjoy watching the show on NatGeo. I think some of the people are a little obsessed but I’ve learned a lot of useful information and think it never hurts to be prepared for emergencies so I am in the process of increasing my family’s state of readiness.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-04-19 09:54:42

I agree Mark. It is a great source for good ideas.

Comment by Jason
2012-04-19 22:07:59

Hello sir,

I was in the third episode, second segment. First, let me start by saying that it was not my choice to pick the Super Volcano. They wanted me to do that disaster because I’m a firefighter. They thought fire from the volcano & me being firefighter would make a connection for the people. YEAH RIGHT!!!! Secondly, they wanted me to do things I completely thought was stupid. They wanted me to swing my sword around on the roof of my building at night (who am I Wesley Snipes in Blade). I said no. Then they wanted me to lift a manhole cover & go down in it (What am I a C.H.U.D.). The dumbest thing I agree to was walking around my neighborhood in a Scott Pack (SCBA). The film crews were cool. But I wish I would of had more creative control.

The disasters I would of gone with would of been a terrorist attack or an EMP attack. Oh well, you live & you learn.

Comment by Christopher
2012-04-22 18:20:18

Awesome posting! Unfortunately too many people continue to bury their heads in the sand!!!

Katrina was our last major eye opener!

Plus every tornado season!

Every hurricane season!

Keep the prepping going! See you after the dark side.

Comment by Steve Greene
2012-04-23 21:14:25

Thanks Dennis for being on the show. I’d be on the show too except I’m small time compared to most. We prep according to money & that usually restricts us quiet a bit. Since we live in the woods, most people here in the Ozarks do not even know where we live. They probably wouldn’t be showing up at our doorstep. My problem, if the SHTF, will be turning anyone down if they are hungry. That’s not the same as protecting what we have if someone comes to take it. Big difference! Some of you are already saying “what a fool!” Maybe! First. If someone can work in return for a meal, it can help my wife & I since we are getting older. Second. There are going to be a lot of people that won’t make it through what is coming. My wife & I are probably two that won’t. If the good Lord is watching how we conduct ourselves, we will rise from the dust quicker than those that will be caught up in the air! May God help us all from what is about to come soon! Thanks & good prepping guys!

Comment by Jim Spicer
2012-04-26 20:02:33

I wish i could do more prepping, i will admit my wife looks at me like im crazy when i talk about it, and also we have so little money we can barely afford the month to month food, we literally buy exactly enough food to last us for the number of days to the next paycheck. I am glad for this site and i hope to at least build the water filter system once i have a little extra money just in case as we live in florida known for its natural disasters.

2012-04-26 21:48:03


Every little bit helps. Even if you can purchase just one or two extra bags of rice and pasta a month will eventually add up. And water storage can be had by all by just refilling used 2-liter or juice bottles. There are ways to prep on a little budget.

Comment by Toni
2012-05-05 21:16:55

The experts are from http://www.practicalpreppers.com

It is southernprepper1 from Youtube.

Comment by David
2012-07-05 12:22:53

That is crazy…how they try to script your thoughts. Are you at least compensated for your time and cooperation?

Comment by Chad H.
2012-07-13 11:43:58

Slow and steady wins the race. I understand about not having your spouse on board as that is something I struggle with as well, although she’s slowly waking up. She called me crazy when I started filling up empty juice bottles and storing them in the basement. They are stored out of the way so are ‘forgotten about’. I managed to get her to go along with a rainwater catchment system, but that took a lot of convincing, I incorporated it in a wooden flower/herb bed design around the house and have lattice helping hide the 55 gal barrels. Wife was surprised at how good I made it look. The most important thing is we now have 150 gals of water available when it’s not freezing outside or in a drought. She is becoming interested in canning, and helps her parents can veggies from their garden to learn how. Next year I hope to have our own garden. We have watched the show together, which has helped open a survival dialogue between us. Unfortunately, NatGeo appears to have found some preppers that come off as ‘kooky’ which harms our image, and causes spousal setbacks.

Comment by Tactical Intelligence
2012-07-18 05:20:33

Hey Chad,

I highly recommend buying “The Survival Mom” book for you wife. It’s an excellent book and is catered for women.

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