Brian Murdock is bringing marital drama to your TV for the first time ever on Doomsday Preppers. A real estate developer who fears a nuclear attack, he has opted for a mobile survival plan. How would he fare in the event of an actual nuclear attack though?
Bugging out in a Nuclear Disaster
There are some serious problems with Brian’s food and water plan considering the form of disaster he is preparing for. The number one concern for surviving in a nuclear disaster is avoiding nuclear fallout. This means shelter, safe food, and uncontaminated water. Brian is 0 for 3 in this regard.
A mobile home is far from radiation proof. Even if the steel was the requisite thickness to stop nuclear fallout, the windows are a weak point as are the lack of air filters. Foraging is not an option in a nuclear situation. This is one of the only situations that canned food would be a healthy alternative to farmed or hunted food. Animals would be contaminated by direct fallout and ingesting contaminated food themselves. Finally, the water supplies seen on the show were completely open to the air.
Tatiana vs. Doomsday Preppers
Taking your bride to be into a situation she didn’t expect in front of a film crew is a questionable move at best. Hopefully Brian got a good bonus for putting her through that because the marriage looked like it was under threat from the episode.
Thinking back to Bradford Frank’s wife Narin from Cambodia, we are seeing a pretty consistent pattern of prepping acceptance from non-western wives. Narin was familiar with actual survival scenarios as Tatiana was, and was equally distasteful of the whole situation.
Despite coming from a ‘culture of gratitude’ and being able to prepare for bad times all the time, Tatiana was not happy with moving into the camper. She was doing it for love and seemed more open minded than Narin did . Whether you can chalk this up to the citizenship that was on the line remains to be seen.
Adoption and criticism
From the get go, Brian seemed to be treating Tatiana in a fairly heavy handed manner. This is not the best way to introduce a family member to prepping. I wonder how much of this could be attributed to the influence of the film crew or editing. He was picking apart Tatiana’s choice of shoes and beauty products with criticism.
While he is technically in the right from a prepping perspective, a bit of sweet talking can go a long way. Exposing Tatiana to prepping as a surprise is a big enough shock, being critical only adds negativity to the whole situation. If you want your family or partner to keep prepping with you, it’s in your best interest to make it a fun experience, not a negative one. In spite of the whole situation, Brian and Tatiana got married.