I finally got a chance to watch the episodes I recorded. I was looking forward to the show. I knew they'd have some extreme people on, but I was hoping to pick up some tips since there is so much crossover between ERE and prepping. Well, I'm a little surprised by the show.
*Most of the people are closer to normal than I expected (except for the bullet guy who has already been declared incompetent by the government and stripped of his arsenal).
*I'm a little shocked by how much money they spend on prepping and stockpiling. One couple spent $10K a year. That's my whole grocery budget for 5 people, 2 dogs, and stockpiling.
*Everyone seemed too focused on bugging out. Bugging out is a last resort and rarely successful. People should live somewhere where they can meet there own needs easily (whether through homesteading or a supportive community).
*Most of the people they showed would be done in by lack of medical care. This also seems like a common thread between prepping and ERE. Medical care is expensive, and if you need care for a chronic illness (even if it's just daily medication) it will lower your standard of living and would be your downfall in an emergency. The only guy who looked healthy ended up almost shooting his own thumb off during filming (confirming my thoughts on medical care). Seems like taking care of your health--even if it means a higher budget for food, exercise, and preventative care--makes a huge difference in the long run. And if you have an untreatable illness (like we have here), medical care should be a major focus of your planning.