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One fond memory I have from summer TCAs (now, now, that's not an oxymoron!) is watching a cast member from Nat Geo's "Doomsday Preppers" explain what's in his survival kit to a bewildered member of the press in a random hallway of the Beverly Hilton. "It'll get you through three days," the cast member earnestly said, unloading items like canned food and flashlights from his pack. This was well after the reality show's panel had wrapped up, well after Nat Geo introduced other show panels, and made me realize: holy crap, these people weren't in character, they really do this! And now they want
Doomsday-preppersthis journalist to survive the apocalypse too!

"Doomsday Preppers," a reality show that is either perfect or terrible for the paranoid at heart, is Nat Geo's highest-rated series and centers on average American families milling about their daily lives while preparing for the end of the world. Viewers are introduced to the "prepper community," "bug out bags," and secret locations like caves or underground shelters where one can do the ultimate duck and cover during calamitous events. In short, they will put your child's school earthquake kits to shame.

Michael Cascio, exec veep of programming for the cabler, admits that while some of the show's preppers seem extreme, "after hearing each one's story and reasons for prepping, we are all guilty of checking our own pantries to see if we are prepared to survive a catastrophic event." Nat Geo also boasts an impressive shopping page for the series, where viewers can buy branded items along with field radios and deluxe Swiss army knives.

The second season of "Doomsday Preppers" features folks prepping for events like global economic collapse, earthquakes, and terrorist small-pox epidemics. Can't wait for the Nov. 13 premiere? Peep this exclusive sneak peek footage and start counting your canned goods. The Mayan apocalypse is a mere handful of weeks away, after all…

  

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