Maybe “Doomsday Preppers” have it right.
Hanging out with them in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, after escaping suburban New Jersey (where we are without power five days after Sandy hit), it is difficult to not respect them.
After all, while my house is freezing, theirs have generators that run on gas. Where I live, it’s a four-hour line for gas and it’s now rationed. So listening to these folks who might once have seemed extreme, makes some sort of sense.
“Doomsday Preppers” is National Geographic’s No. 1 rated show, and it returns for a second season Tuesday, Nov. 13. The show focuses on people convinced that a cataclysmic event looms, and they are preparing for it by stockpiling water, food, medicine and weapons.
To kick off the season, National Geographic invited some journalists and preppers to meet at The Greenbrier, a resort hotel, where hunting, fishing and archery are part of the experience.
They demonstrated how some could survive by killing their food. We were given archery instruction, and as prepper Holly Blevins watched her husband Jay Blevins take aim, she explains that she became involved in this because her husband was.
Now, they could survive for eight months on what they have stored.
“We have a basement and it is a like a walk-in closet pantry and one is filled and the other is half-way filled,” Holly says.
Jay Blevins explains that as a former law enforcement officer deeply moved by 9/11 that he keeps score of earth-shattering events. Since 2000, more than 1 million people have died in catastrophic events, he notes. He includes tsunami, earthquakes and cyclones.
Blevins and other preppers are not going down without a fight.
So it is along those lines that National Geographic had a course set up, and the course first had a decoy deer and bear on it, and then switched to a zombie. The preppers and the reporters were given bow and arrows and taught how to pull back and take aim.
Some, like Blevins, who have handled bows and arrows before were quite competent.
I, on the other hand, had never held a bow before, but I shot a zombie through the heart! All I can say is if I do arm myself, looters better stay away from my modest house in New Jersey.