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Brief Published: 3 Feb 2012

Doomsday Preppers


Those prone to paranoia, look away now: we’re well into 2012 and many, from the Mayans to the present day, have predicted that the end of the world is imminent.

The international National Geographic Channel is tapping into a growing interest in surviving these troubling times with its new TV show Doomsday Preppers, which explores the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for various versions of the end of the world, from floods to famine.

Each “prepper” has their own unique beliefs and strategies. Young Megan Hurwitt of Houston, Texas is getting ready for an impending oil crisis, while in Los Angeles, Christopher Nyerges is preparing to live off the land after the ‘Big One’ wipes out all communication, transportation, and access to resources.

From expert advice on survival techniques, to a ‘Gourmet Doomsday Menu’ for foodies with limited access to fresh veg, the show and website offer a fascinating look at what might happen if the worst-case scenario becomes a reality. 

See more about the show as well as survival culture and its effect on mainstream consumer attitudes in the reports Morbid Matters: Culture of Death and Survivaliving.

Doomsday Preppers