Bob Kay is the first prepper made by Doomsday Preppers. That’s a mouthful. After watching the show last year he decided to employ his considerable wealth in the pursuit of insurance against potential earthquakes in his home of Southern California. Despite patchy support from his wife and children, he is in many ways the embodiment of what you would do if money was no object.
Freeze dried chicken
The first big purchase that Bob makes on the show is $40,000 on a years supply of freeze dried chicken for his family. His wife thinks it is weird but it’s probably just because she hasn’t yet read my article on survival protein. As an animal source, chicken can be expected to provide the full spectrum of amino acids.
However I have my concerns on the quality of the protein and the amino acids over time. As we know, all nutrients are not created equal. Denaturing is a process in which the complex structure of proteins and amino acids ‘unfold’ rendering them useless. Among the things that can cause this to happen are pH, light and heat. Concerns have been raised in the ability to maintain medical enzymes through freeze drying. In addition, important nutrients have been shown to degrade when freeze drying food.
While studies specific to amino acids have not been conducted, it is worth considering the possibility that the amino acids will be less than optimal compared to a whole source.
Prepping with the family
One of the great aspects of Bob’s preps is his involvement of his daughter Alexis in the process. This is an important factor in business known as buy-in. According to Alexis, much of the process in preparation can be boiled down to her making the decisions and Bob signing the checks. As someone who helping create the plan, she is far more likely to support it. A lesson to be learned to those trying to win over family.
Making it fun for Alexis is also a part of what makes this work. As someone inspired by video games, Bob has spared no expense in making prepping work for her. Whether it’s getting the highest grade throwing knives or setting up practice dummies in the shape of zombies, he is making sure Alexis has a good time which will pay dividends in her actual adoption of the skills.
Food and water on the property
Bob has invested several thousand dollars in planting edible and usable plants on his property. This seems incongruent with his highly developed bug out plan which includes 6 motorcycles and a helicopter. Instead of throwing money at the problem, it would be better to invest time into learning the skill set of identifying local plants and herbs that can be used like Christopher Nyerges does.