Prepared for a lost job or ‘Doomsday’

“I would say if you are just average, [you] put a little food, a little storage, a little money away — we do take it to an extreme,” says prepper Braxton Southwick Jr., pictured with his family in the back row center. “Doomsday Preppers” Season 2 premieres tonight at 9 on National Geographic.

The people readying themselves for the end of the world by practicing how to quickly don a hazmat suit and hoarding gasoline may have seemed a bit out-there when “Doomsday Preppers” debuted in February on National Geographic Channel. But as the show’s second season premieres at the same time some of our nation’s most populated areas are still trying to recover from the devastating aftermath of superstorm Sandy, audiences may begin to believe these cautious over-planners aren’t so crazy after all.

“We hope we don’t get the last laugh,” says one of the show’s prepping experts, David Kobler, who is also cofounder of Practical Preppers LLC, a company that specializes in preparedness products and consultation. “We’re Americans just like you guys, and we don’t want anything bad to happen to our neighbors, our country. But we want to protect our family.”

One family ensuring they will survive the worst is the Southwicks, a clan of eight featured in Season 2 who lives in suburban Salt Lake City. The mother, Kara, says the family doesn’t stock a year’s supply of food for just grand-scale disasters.

“Maybe we run into a financial crisis, a car breaks down or we have a job layoff for 30, 60 days, whatever the case might be, then we are prepared for that,” she says of her impressive cache of nonperishables. “And I think we’re teaching our kids responsibility to be self-reliant, to rely on themselves when things come up.”

“That’s true,” adds her husband, Braxton. “[The goal is to] not look to the government for help, but be able to sustain [ourselves].”

Prepping, Southwick-style

Whether hit with a smallpox outbreak or earthquake, the Southwick family is ready. “It’s human nature to be survivalists,” says mom Kara. Here’s how they’re prepping:
   
Each family member has a Bug Out Bag stocked with a three-day supply of food and water and other necessities.
   
Their storage room houses a year’s supply of food, as well as chemical suits.
   
The Southwicks buried 1,000 pounds of coal and have stored more than 100 gallons of diesel fuel and propane.
   
Each child, ranging in age from 13-20, knows how to handle a rifle. “If we have to, we’d hunt,” says Braxton. “Using weapons to protect yourself is an extreme.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Protesters say new Met Opera is anti-Semitic

Protesters, including a former mayor and governor, gathered outside of the Metropolitan Opera on Monday afternoon to protest the opening of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Local

Brooklyn girl's death ruled a homicide

The New York City Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a Brooklyn toddler a homicide. Jeida Torres, 3, was found bruised and unresponsive Saturday…

Local

New York City continues to prepare for Ebola…

New York City continues to prepare for the possibility of Ebola. There have been numerous scares, but no confirmed cases. Representatives from about 150 unions…

Local

NYPD nabs alleged serial bank robber

  The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for multiple Manhattan bank robberies this month. Police have arrested a Brooklyn man they…

Entertainment

We the Economy: Morgan Spurlock's new crusade

If Morgan Spurlock gets his way, you won't be able to avoid We the Economy, the series of 20 shorts films curated by the "Super…

Arts

3 Parody plays lampoon your childhood, adulthood and…

Whether you loved the source material or you're going in blind, these parody plays have something for every audience member. We rate three of NYC's hottest satirical shows.

Gossip

Who has more power: Harry Styles or Amal…

Amal Clooney comes in fourth on The Evening Standard's Most Influential Londoners list.

Music

#AskPaul McCartney reveals his love of American pop…

For an Englishman, Paul McCartney's pop culture tastes would fit right in stateside. The former Beatle (@PaulMcCartney) revealed that he has a real thing for…

NFL

John Idzik: 'We did a ton of background'…

Given John Idzik spent the previous five years with the Seahawks before he joined the Jets last January, there is a comfort level for the organization.

NFL

Jets add sizzle to struggling passing game with…

The Jets’ trade for Percy Harvin may have an air of desperation on the surface, but at 1-6 this season is hanging only by a thread.

NFL

Jason Pierre-Paul: 'We've got to regroup' during bye…

“We’ve got to regroup and figure out what went wrong,” said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. “When we come back, we want to be a great team.”

NFL

Breno Giacomini: Media blowing up Golden Tate-Percy Harvin…

According to Breno Giacomini, the fight between Golden Tate and Percy Harvin during Super Bowl week was over by the time the lineman turned around.

Education

Is a 'gap year' after high school for…

It’s a familiar script that millions of students follow each year: Graduate high school and then immediately start college. But more and more students are…

Parenting

New news about Kate Middleton's pregnancy

The Palace released a statement about Kate Middleton's pregnancy.

Parenting

Cool book for kids: 'The Princess In Black'

"The Princess In Black" will change the way girls view princesses.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…