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Doomsday Preppers insist they are 'prepared not scared'

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As National Geographic Channel's Doomsday Preppers demonstrates, preppers can be attempting to head off anything from financial collapse to solar flares.

One thing that National Geographic Doomsday Preppers are quick to clarify for those who question their motives: They are prepared, not scared. But, many who are on the outside looking in might ask whether or not these prepper enthusiasts are being honest with themselves.

Perhaps one reason that some view prepping as “out there” is that the various doomsday scenarios envisioned by some preppers seem so remote to many observers of their actions. For example, on tonight’s Doomsday Preppers, in episode, “No Such Thing As A Fair Fight,” businessman Brent fears an electromagnetic pulse will put the entire world into a blackout, while Derek worries about the earth being on the receiving end of a solar flare. According to National Geographic Channel:

Businessman by day, prepper by night. Brent lives in fear of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that will make the world go dark, leaving his family of 12 with nothing. To prep for life after the EMP, Brent has constructed a medieval-style castle that will serve as the ultimate bug-out fortress. Derek runs a Wild West theme park and fears that a solar flare will hit earth's atmosphere. He and his family use their amusement park as a secret prepping oasis, where they can practice strategic defense.

Of course, some preppers’ ideas are not quite as far-fetched seeming in this day and age. In the episode, “Prepared Not Scared,” prepper Bryan is concerned that the U.S. monetary system may finally fold in on itself. According to NatGeo:

Bryan Smith has big plans for the end of the world.The father of 12 is preparing for a total collapse of the U.S. monetary system and fears that the world's food supply will become scarce. He has stockpiled a year's worth of food, in addition to his recently acquired 47 acres of land in an undisclosed bug-out location, where he plans to grow his own tobacco and sugarcane.

Additionally, prepper Christine is preparing for a tsunami—something that has proven all-too-real in some parts of the world in the recent past. According to NatGeo:

Christine is your typical suburban mom living in a nice neighborhood in Virginia. She is married and home-schools her two young daughters, while also preparing them for a mega tsunami, which she believes will wipe out the entire East Coast of America. Christine has her own prepping website, sells self-reliance foods and enjoys hosting prepping parties with other women around the neighborhood. But once a tsunami hits, she plans for her family to bug out by raft to safety.

How will the pros rate these preppers? Find out tonight, Tuesday, January 8, when Doomsday Preppers episode “Prepared Not Scared” airs on National Geographic Channel at 8 p.m., followed by “No Such Thing As a Fair Fight” at 9 p.m.

Image: National Geographic Channel

Video: National Geographic Channel/Doomsday Preppers/Doomsday Preppers

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