Interview with a Doomsday Prepper
Jay Sedai and his wife were featured on National Geographics, “Doomsday Preppers”, in the episode, “”It’s Only Going to Get Worse”. He answers a few questions for us today.
What makes you feel the need to prepare?
As we said in our episode, we are mostly preparing for an oil crisis, as it’s the only doomsday scenario that is guaranteed to happen in my son’s (and probably my) lifetime. But we are also prepping for a variety of other potential threats. We don’t make it an obsession like some folks but we do spend a fair amount of time and money on it.
People are calling 2012, “The Year of the Prepper” – What are your thoughts on all the new prepping enthusiasts?
I’m happy many more people are getting into the prepping mindset, and shows like Doomsday Preppers is a great way to let folks know that in the end they are responsible for their own survival, you can’t always rely on the government or society to help you.
The more people that are prepping minded, the better off we’ll all do.
What is the best advice you have for someone just starting to prep?
Advise for somebody just starting to prep… hrm… put together a list of lists of what you need to be self sufficient. There are good starting points on the internet (check survivalblog.com for a good star) but customize it to what you feel is most important for your scenario.
But in general I believe in the following: Knowledge trumps equipment and strong community trumps knowledge.
Learn a lot, train a lot, organize your neighborhood if possible, and then start buying stuff. Don’t bother collecting large quantities of things like toilet paper, or a lot of water, those will go fast and take up lots of room. Find ways to filter water you can collect (collecting rain water is an excellent option.)
Here is his segment from “Doomsday Preppers” on National Geographic: