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May. 26th, 2012 @ 07:51 pm Casting Call?
Wow I just got a request for a Casting call for season two of Doomsday Preppers on National Geographic...

I'm clueless what to do, and I've never actually seen the show so I dunno if it is about post opoctalictic survivalists, which I'd avoid if that was the case cause the bunker is for Tornadoes and Hurricanes, the Mayans are wrong LOL.

Anyone know anything about the show?

I'll Google it tommorrow of course, and can find out for myself, but if it was for people prepping for disasters like I do for Hurricanes I'm interested but I am clueless as to what a casting call actually is, and is there a couch involved?
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From:ladygzb
Date:May 27th, 2012 01:12 pm (UTC)
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However this goes, I hope it works out the way you want :) Sounds like it could be exciting!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 1st, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
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I have watched the show a few times (saw the advertisements for it when it first came out). Watch a few episodes and see what you think but here is my take on it.
Doomsday Preppers is a show about people who are preparing themselves for when a large scale, society changing event occurs. Preppers is a category that until co-opted by a particular crowd of doomsday predictors, and 2012ers was used in some circles (both on and off the internet) to refer to people who were always prepared (like any good boy scout) and were specifically prepared for disasters of any sort (from a small disaster like really stormy weather that knocks out power, tornadoes, hurricanes, terrorist attacks, or even something unimaginable).

The new breed of prepper (mostly those who started prepping for Y2K or 2012) are an interesting assortment of people with an interesting mindset. Most are just average people who one day realized that the world was a scary place for an individual, they realized that, alone, people were just a statistic and that you could never tell when a disaster would befall you and your family.

When fear first took root in these people it was just a nagging fear at the back of the mind that they would be reminded of when they saw a disaster on the news or saw someone else getting prepared. Often that fear would find a target, some sort of natural or man made disaster, often that would be the end of it, people in tornado alley would make a tornado shelter under their house, people in flood plains would store a pallet full of sand bags in an unused portion of their garage. Preppers would do things to make themselves feel safe and probably be better off because of it. These people are only considered preppers in that they are more prepared for disaster than your average person who is blissfully unaware of the danger and unprepared for it.

There is a second kind of prepper that is only marginally different from the first. The second kind of prepper derives some sort of joy or satisfaction from being more prepared, this type of prepper can quickly lose control and become overwhelmed by each new feat of preparedness. Without a lot of the fear that motivates more serious preppers this kind can still live a fairly normal life, just quickly becoming over prepared. This kind of prepping is at the level of strange hobby.

For some people the fear can take hold but not find a target, these are the "every day carry boy scouts" (look up "edc videos" on youtube and watch a few videos you will see what I mean). EDC boy scouts are those people who carry around 10 different tools at all times, who have just about anything they could possibly need on their person at all times. This is the second most harmless prepper variety, EDC scouts really only become a problem when they start to feel that what they are currently carrying is not enough so they try to get more and more, these people could also get in trouble for the guns and knives that they carry around all the time.

The third kind of prepper is struck by the same kind of fear as the first three types, the difference is that when the fear is looking for a target, the person latches on to one of the all too common apocalypse scenarios that everyone seems to have been preaching for the past hundred years. Now the person wants to be prepared to weather the ultimate storm, either for all world ending contingencies or just for one specific hard to deal with scenario. These people are what are now known as doomsday preppers, being this type of prepper just about excludes all hope of living a normal life and sadly in a lot of cases in an effort to protect the ones they love they end up alienating them and their actions pushing them away. That is not to say that they a doomsday prepper could never live a normal life or be happy, many are fairly normal and very happy, unfortunately they live under a constant fear that they cannot seem to escape because their custom tailored world or always being prepared is a constant reminder (stored food in the basement, gas mask in the bedroom closet, flashlights in every room etc...)

Part 2 Coming...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 1st, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
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Part 2...
Most of preppers have or had something worth living for beyond just physical possessions (their friends and families most often) and that they wanted to survive what they thought would destroy other people. Life for them becomes a balancing act between working to protect the ones he loves and actually enjoying the time he has with them.

Doomsday Preppers the show, takes advantage of people who fall into the third category, often the people that they feature are just people living their lives with a quirk, other times the people they feature are people who have descended so far into their fear that psychological support may be necessary if they ever want to return to living a normal life. I will give the show credit, it does not exploit anyone in a particularly damaging way, many of the preppers are retired and moderately well off, it is their right to spend their money any way that they want. As a television show it could be useful for preppers and non-preppers alike as a source of new ideas and a different persepctive, and as a reminder to the unpreppared to get prepared.

The show's premise is that a prepper has a camera crew document their preparedness measures, that film is analyzed by "professional preppers" (typically some sort of private security firm, or emergency service and supply company) and rated based on their assessment. From what I have seen of the show, the professionals focus on defense and adaptability, not bad qualities to have but often focused on possession and use of firearms and ability to get up and leave your shelter in case of a defense failure. Given that your shelter is a tornado shelter and that you seem to be a very reasonable person of sound mind I cannot see the label Doomsday Prepper being applied to you.

Whatever you decide I wish you luck.
RT
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From:senseless
Date:June 1st, 2012 11:07 am (UTC)
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"this type of prepper can quickly lose control and become overwhelmed by each new feat of preparedness"

Have you seen my house RT?

LOL

Yeah I got some advice from a couple experts on how to attempt to steer it from being prepared for a Hurricane and not appearing a Nut hahhahaha!

They, Preppers, either think I am seriously prepared for a Hurricane, which they seem to be leaning towards, or else I'm just bonkers LOL., The good thing is I can follow the trail of bread crumbs back to where they found me originally and the former seems to apply in this case.

Wait and see! I was specific about not believing the world was gonna end anytime soon in my reply to them, but that Hurricanes were a definate possibility for me.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 2nd, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
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I would A. love to see you on an episode of Doomsday Preppers and B. Would love to see an episode of doomsday preppers about someone who didnt think that the whole world was going to end.

RT
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From:senseless
Date:June 2nd, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
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Got a phone call....

You might get your wish!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 18th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
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I thought I was 90% with you, and then I saw the eipgolue To All ,How many of you have witnessed 5 & 6 year olds splitting wood ,feeding chickens, milking, and so on? Living the life of the self sufficient isn't main stream. It is historic in that health and longevity come from effort. There are a few things I would add to C.C's. post but We don't talk about the action truths as they would seem radical, when of course they are the format set forth in the Constitution . In short first aide, survival food transport, team work, are all great but, don't forget to let every know your military training taught you to carry many pounds of survival metals. I Thank You for your efforts and this post, and am only trying to fill in the read between the lines points that are not in the post. Sorry, this is all so much a tomorrow scenario that it gets into the rant zone. I want to say that bottom line We need to prep for absolute survival if we don't have a totally hidden bunker that is the locale of our survival systems base. Stand , hide prepared, run; options, yes But SURVIVAL-ALL Be a Patriot!!!
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From:senseless
Date:June 18th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Annomous, I don't understand the reference, "To All"

In my case my wife is terminally ill, I do not have the option to bug out, so I built the house as strong as I could other than bricking it, which was because my wife wanted siding and I should have used hardiplank in hindsite.

I have a genuine risk being thirty miles from the Gulf of being in a hurricane and I've been through a handful or two, we are many times under tornado watches, and if I had the extra money I would build the bigger, more livable for long term use version, and all my neighbors know to come here at any hour if a storm catches us off guard by changing direction and I'd let them in.

Essentially I built a place to grab your bug out bag and run to, not run out of, so honestly you really have lost me on this unless it's cause I personally don't spend much time worrying about Zombies, although my security system would alert me if they were moving around outside at night!