Have you been keeping up with National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers show? This week is one you city dwellers especially will want to catch. Escape From New York follows three different preppers in New York City who believe their best chance for survival from (***insert preferred disaster scenario here***) is to get out of the city. With the entire episode focusing on getting out of a city, there is a lot of great information for those who may be in that situation when disaster strikes.
I think this is my favorite episode so far, probably because they skip the “expert assessment” at the end and just employ some professional assistance from the beginning. Better to have some guidance along your evacuation rather than running the whole drill and then being told how it would never work. Along each route, some staged challenges are brought in to test our preppers so they’re not just walking unchallenged to their destination.
The first prepper is Margaret, who, as a young lady, knows how important self defense could be as she is planning on walking out of the city. Her guide is a Krav Maga self defense instructor. Having been doing a bit of self defense training lately myself, I’ve found the more you practice, the more reactionary it becomes and the less likely you’ll freeze up in an attack. She’s a smart and fit gal and learns some really valuable lessons on awareness, avoidance, and attack along her escape route. Maybe she’ll sign up for some self defense classes!
Cameron, a pre-med student, is walking out of the city with his guide Aton, a prepper with 25 years experience. He gets some excellent tips on defense and the value of a bicycle and bear spray when you’re maybe a little soft in the athletic department.
Finally we have Jay, who needs to leave work and meet up with his wife and little girl across town before heading out of the city. With some advice from a survival school instructor, he makes his trip across town and gets to the rendezvous point where his wife and girl are waiting although it takes him quite a bit longer than initially anticipated.
If you live in or near a city (or ever visit one) and have thought you might need to have an evacuation plan, you’ll for sure want to catch this episode of Doomsday Preppers.