Well, it happened. “Doomsday Preppers” knocks….

…on my door.

I received both an email AND a form request from my website this afternoon regarding my potential interest in being on the Doomsday Prepper show, for their second season, returning to the National Geographic Channel as the channel’s highest rated show ever.

Why me?

a) I’ve got two friends that have been on the show, Bruce Beach and Kellene Bishop, in season One, and Bruce recommended me…(gee, thanks…lol)

b) I’ve had my website at SurvivalRing online for 15 years, since the early days of the internet. So, it’s kind of obvious that I deal in this kind of information. Check the WayBack Machine.

c) I’ve been helping connect global media to survival type folks since since before Y2k, especially right after 9/11…BECAUSE my website and webring have been online for so long, and I’ve made MANY contacts all over the world, MOST of them good, a handful that were just creepy.

d) I’m a good guy. I’ve been background checked many times, and currently work in Corrections as a specialist. My past volunteer work includes CERT, FBI Infragard, Civil Air Patrol, and Red Cross. I tutored at the local college for 5 years, earning certification for that. I volunteered with the local police department and high school producing an award winning series of PSA’s on teen substance abuse. I can fly on airlines…no no-fly for me. I’ve rescued people on the highway, changed tires for old ladies, been first on scene at many major wreck scenes and provided first aid and called for help…and I rescue animals, too, including my current pet German Shepard and Chinese pug. I help strangers, and friends. In June, I drove across country to help a friend move back to my state…because he was my friend. I’ve rescued my children many times from breakdowns, and towed them back home countless times, with tow time totaling hundreds of miles.  Well, SOMEONE had to.

e) My family and I made life changes in 2000 to get out of the rat race in the big city, and have been successful at staying out here 150 miles away from the nearest interstate, in the least populous state in the nation, with a good job, a solid marriage, and now 4 grandkids.

and f) I know a little something about prepping and survival…in the real world…on the mean streets…in the middle of nowhere…and in some of the worst weather, accidents, disasters, and threats the planet (and a few people) have thrown at me. Having a career background that includes defense electronics in the 80s, Federal employee in the 90s, volunteer work and college in the 00’s, and now state employee in LEO/Corrections since 2008, has covered a broad swath of experience and enlightenment in all things worth preparing for.

Two problems…

a) Dearest Annie does NOT want to get involved in this. I agree with her on most points…but, it doesn’t hurt to TALK with them.  Many good things could come out of this….and many bad things. Look what happened to two of the preppers in Season One…Days after the his program aired, David Sarti was declared crazy…ahem…”mentally incompetent”….and his guns were seized. All of them. Mr. Sarti, who has no criminal record, is no longer allowed to own guns. Another wound up going to prison. Alfred C. Dutton, known for his appearance on the National Geographic reality show  was recently convicted of possession of unregistered destructive devices.  Wow….Baddddd Ju-Ju.

b) I’ve got a face for radio…which is why I got a college degree in radio and tv broadcasting.  Ewww. Really…A. Face. For. Radio.

So…I’ll be calling tomorrow to talk with their casting director to see if they REALLY want to come out in the middle of nowhere. AND I talked to Annie to discuss potentialities. She didn’t use the force to choke me to death on the phone 600 miles away at my daughter’s house…so…positive movement. Maybe.

We shall see…what we shall see.

Stay Tuned…this oughta be good.

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The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises. Since 1997, he has provided guidance, authentic government survival history, and commentary on why we all need to get ready for that fateful day in the future, when we have to get our hands dirty and step in to save the day. He is an award winning videographer (2005 Telly Award), has received state and national scholarly recognition (2006 New Century Scholar and All USA Academic Team), and is a natural with computers, technology, gadgets, small furry mammals, and anything on wheels. Rich likes making friends, solving problems, and creating solutions to everyday issues. He doesn't mind mixing things up, when there is a teaching moment ready to happen. As a constitutional conservative, he's staying quite busy these days. The SurvivalRing Radio Show at www.survivalringradio.com will be coming back SOON!

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