America in 2012. For most, the New Year brings hope for a fresh start and resolutions to live a better life.
But following a year when the daily news cycle was dominated by financial instability, government coups and the latest disaster footage, one group of people believes this year could be their last. Whether anticipating a natural disaster like an earthquake or massive solar flare, or a manmade catastrophe such as economic collapse or nuclear winter, these men and women stand united in their unshakable certainty that America soon faces tougher times – times when grocery stores are empty, water is in short supply, and electricity is unavailable.
National Geographic Channel delves into the lives of otherwise ordinary Americans who are preparing for the end of the world as we know it in the new ten-part series Doomsday Preppers, premiering with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, February 7, at 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (airing weekly Tuesdays at 9 p.m.).
Doomsday Preppers goes inside America’s prepping subculture, uncovering a wide assortment of prepping styles and approaches, meeting preppers on their own turf, examining their methods and tracking their progress as they think through every logistic and contingency plan. Preppers come in all shapes and sizes – men and women, young and old, they live and work like most Americans. But their ultimate goal in life is preparing for the end.
“On the surface, some of the preppers we feature may seem as though they go to extremes,” said Michael Cascio, executive vice president of programming for NGC. “But what is surprising is that by the end of each episode, you actually take pause and consider if maybe you should have that extra bottle of water stored for a rainy day. The situations may be extreme, but they are extremely relatable at the same time.”
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