Keeping Preps Quiet

The story has been making the rounds on various online survival forums all weekend. David Sarti, “The Hillbilly Prepper” from NatGeo’s new series, Doomsday Preppers, has had his firearms confiscated. This is apparently due to his physician reporting Sarti as being suicidal. Here is just one of many stories about the situation.

This is the pic of him as shown on the NatGeo site devoted to this show.

Now, much has been made in those aforementioned online forums about how Sarti’s appearance on Doomsday Preppers directly led to the trouble he’s having right now. Honestly, I can’t say truthfully if that’s the case or not. I don’t know the timeline of events. Some of the more conspiracy minded people say that perhaps Sarti was set up from the get go and the entire show is really about exposing preppers as whack jobs and calling attention to them so the “authorities” can deal with them properly. I can’t say I buy into that particular line of reasoning but hey, stranger things have happened in the course of history, I guess.

I do know this though. Going on TV and broadcasting to the nation your location as well as a guided tour of your preps is an extremely bad idea. Over the last couple years, I’ve been approached by several casting agencies about appearing on either that show or similar ones. Without exception, I’ve told them in no uncertain terms that while I’d certainly welcome the opportunity to help educate folks about disaster readiness, I have no interest in having my home, my family, my retreat, my preps on television. Really, that’s just common sense, isn’t it?

Folks, I’m all about education here. I want to spread the word far and wide to get people better prepared for anything that might come their way. But going on a show like that is just inviting trouble.

Prepping is common sense. Keeping your mouth shut about what you have, what you’ve done with regards to being prepared, is as well.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

One thought on “Keeping Preps Quiet”

  1. I believe that until prepping becomes as common as it used to be in the past century or so, this is the prudent line of reasoning. With Wally World right around the corner, people just don't want to be bothered.

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