Braxton Southwick is a dirtbiking prepper with a mean soul patch. I definitely rank him as having one of the top 5 facial hair on Doomsday Preppers thus far. He takes drilling to the next level in a shocking example that I was scared wouldn’t work out.
Smallpox: a dead threat?
Braxton is concerned about the chances of a pandemic, specifically related to smallpox. While this wouldn’t be the first time National Geographic has limited the reasons for prepping – discussing smallpox is worth going into. While it may be easy to scoff at the threat of smallpox, a disease which has been officially declared extinct since 1979, there have been scares about an outbreak as recently as 2001.
The only surviving samples of the disease were granted to the two world superpowers of the time, with the USA having a sample in Georgia and the USSR having a sample in Siberia. All would seem to be under control but the story gets stranger. In 1992, a soviet defector revealed that he had been in charge of a program tasked with creating a weaponized version of smallpox. Others have since speculated that samples may have gotten to rogue states and factions.
Quarantine and death toll
Since the elimination of the disease, once standard vaccines have no longer been issued. Most people under the age of 50 in the United States do not possess any defense against the disease. Combine this with the fact that it has a death rate of close to 1 in 3 and that it is incredibly transmissible and you have a recipe for major deaths in the event of an outbreak. The only option to treat an outbreak would be quarantine – trapping people and their families with the infected.
Bugging out of the Quarantine
In order to prevent this from happening to his family, Braxton is prepared to bug out at the drop of a hat. This strategy has proved to be essential for some disasters we have seen recently. Everything from his guns to his chicken coop are ready to be uprooted.
Speaking of, the strategy of using chickens as a source of protein is a great option. Chickens typically produce one egg a day, a fact many people who live in cities do not know. One large egg can provide as much as 9 grams of protein with a very complete set of amino acids. They are also a great source of vitamin A and iron.
Shock Value and Drilling
Braxton was able to give his family a shocking wake up call with a drill that none of them will likely forget. Calling in some friends from the national guard, he was able to get a checkpoint set up on their bug out route that would be similar to the type displayed in the quarantine.
Despite being stopped by armed soldiers, stripped naked and examined, none of the family members seemed distressed. Instead of reacting badly, they appreciated the realization that in the event of an emergency, time was truly of the essence. I’m sure their times will be better next time they drill.