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Season 3

Top Survivors

Oct/27/2013
Nuclear fallout. Economic collapse. Mega tsunami. No matter what their fears, many preppers featured on this show are scored on their prepping ability and given months of estimated initial survival time. Many have made it to one year. But what about the elites? The highest scorers. The ones most equipped to survive...and thrive during doomsday? We've narrowed this group of top preppers down to five and will look at just what makes their plans, their preps, the best of the best.

Source: National Geographic Channel

33 :03x01 - Don't Betray the Colony

Aug/13/2013
Some preppers believe in safety in numbers — as is the case for Jeff Mann, who leads “the Colony,” a COMMUNITY of 25 preppers unified with the single purpose of surviving doomsday. Watch as he prepares his son, Colten, to take the reins by having him hunt down live boar in the Florida swamps and builds the Colony’s very own gallows — an important message that there are laws to be upheld, even in times of chaos. An independent prepper, Tony, believes an “end of days” asteroid will turn the Earth into an inhospitable ash of its former self. Despite stocking his RV with three to four years’ worth of food and more than 1,000 gallons of water, the harsh winters of a post-asteroid collision might be too much for Tony’s bug-out plan. In the foothills of California’s Sierra Mountains, Cheree and her family run a Christian camp by day and a prepper getaway by night. After a dispute about the use of violence, a democratic vote puts one member at odds — the punishment: exile.

Source: National Geographic Channel

34 :03x02 - The Gates of Hell

Aug/20/2013
An economic collapse could mean total chaos for the U.S. — looting, riots and civil unrest are top concerns. In Washington state, Steve works with a stern hand to prep his family for the potential threat. Each weekend, the family leaves suburbia and travels to their bug-out location to practice defense maneuvers and run drills that involve explosives. South Carolinian David Appleton is a comedian, but the idea of a devastating earthquake is no joke to him. His job doesn’t always pay the bills, so David must Dumpster dive to find supplies to make a DIY camouflage net to hide his preps. Life coach Suzanne and her life partner barter around town for supplies to prepare for an economic collapse. An experienced marksman puts Suzanne through a grueling test so she can improve her defense preps — and all she uses is a paintball gun.

Source: National Geographic Channel

35 :03x03 - Whatever It Takes

Aug/27/2013
Could an explosion on the surface of the sun cause mayhem on Earth? Jason and Jacob are a father-son team from Alabama who are prepping for exactly that: a global solar flare with the potential to wipe out power grids around the world. Jason was almost stranded for good in the wilderness when he was 19, but that will not stop him from prepping in those very same woods by molding his own ammunition and preparing his 20-piece bug-out pack. In Arizona, the Moffatt family teaches their seven children essential survival skills in the event of the collapse of the American economy. In another doomsday scenario, Mike and Grayson are organizing and prepping for the possibility of World War III. While Mike has his Navy training to fall back on, Grayson is hesitant to get away from his pacifist roots.

Source: National Geographic Channel

36 :03x04 - People Become Animals

Sep/03/2013
The possibility of World War III is a major concern for many preppers, including former Marine Alex Dunbar, who is training a private army of German Shepherd attack dogs in San Luis, Colorado. He firmly believes that his pack can face any challenge a new world war would bring. In the woods of East Appalachia, Brenda McSwigan fears that a vicious mutating virus will lead to a pandemic that will overwhelm hospitals and leave the rest of the country in chaos. To prepare, she’s building a secluded mountain retreat complete with a 400-watt solar panel, a quarantine zone and a year’s supply of food. Brenda will open up the doors of her oasis for about two dozen lucky refugees — anyone after that will face the looming plague alone. Another prepper, Grace McLeod, is a retired police officer whose goal is to secure her 3,500 square-foot fortress before the American economy collapses. To do this, Grace and her husband install a drawbridge, hire a professional prepping consulting team and reinforce the doors.

Source: National Geographic Channel

37 :03x05 - Take Our Country Back

Oct/29/2013
Deep in Oregon's backcountry sits an 80-acre off-the-grid estate that prepper Curt and his family have designed as a fortress in the event of an economic collapse. Isolation is one of their greatest strengths, but the protective measures are endless: a 3,000-square-foot greenhouse, a lake with 1 million gallons of water, infrared cameras and a high-tech software system — not to mention the children are trained in marksmanship.

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38 :03x06 - The Fight Ahead

Nov/05/2013
Prepper Chad believes that a nuclear strike resulting in a genocidal siege is a real possibility. At his home in Arizona, he is working on executing the biggest prep of his life — a 140-foot-long escape tunnel from his family's house to a bug-out vehicle. With the help of his wife and daughter, he begins construction — but as the project unfolds, they realize they're in over their heads.

Source: National Geographic Channel

39 :03x07 - We are the Marauders

Nov/12/2013
While many preppers believe defense is the best strategy for surviving a Doomsday scenario, one family in Tacoma, Wash., is banking on a good offense. Tyler, his wife and his cousin have assembled a group of like-minded, would-be marauders from their neighborhood in preparation for a catastrophic domestic terrorist attack. They have only six months' worth of food because they plan on taking what they need in order to survive — and to stay safe, they're developing the ultimate suit of armor.

Source: National Geographic Channel

40 :03x08 - Total Destruction

Nov/19/2013
A devastating EF-5 tornado, like the one that struck Oklahoma in May of this year, can throw buildings into the air and hurt hundreds of people. In Tennessee, Tracy is preparing for just that. Tracy has spent six years prepping his farm for a super tornado, but if it does hit, he doesn't plan on hunkering down — he plans on gathering his family and making a getaway in his mobile safe room.

Source: National Geographic Channel

41 :03x09 - Survival is an Ugly Beast

Nov/26/2013
To protect his family from Doomsday marauders, Rob is devising the ultimate booby-trap system. He's securing his Texas property's perimeter with an elaborate system of alarms, traps and defense mechanisms. In Tenn., Greg is preparing for a financial catastrophe by building an invisible tree house where he hopes to be safe from looters. If the build goes as planned, his family will have a tree house 12 feet into the forest canopy, with mirrored paneling and a stockpile of food, water and ammo.

Source: National Geographic Channel

42 :03x10 - Live Bees, Live Ammo

Dec/03/2013
Meet two families who both fear the end of the world is fast approaching. In Texas, John Tucker and his family are preparing for Category 5 hurricanes that they believe will change the landscape forever. After living in a home that was split in two during a hurricane, John vowed he would never again be unprepared. And in Utah, brothers Bret and Shane are preparing for a complete economic collapse. To protect their families, they are building a sniper post complete with the ultimate sniper rifle.

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43 :03x11 - No One Will Ever Know

Dec/10/2013
In Texas, Kenny and his wife Connie are preparing for a civil war. With defense as their ultimate concern, they're building a fortified bulletproof rooftop command center. In Maryland, Kevin is prepping for an EMP attack. Kevin is very protective of his close-knit family, including his three pregnant daughters. Their survival plan relies on a customized 15-ton bunker buried 20 feet underground and stocked with baby supplies and doomsday essentials.

Source: National Geographic Channel

44 :03x12 - No Stranger to Strangers

Dec/17/2013
A couple in Colorado develop a mobile pharmacy to deal with the possibility of widespread disease and lack of medical care after a catastrophic event. Elsewhere, a man from Texas builds a heavily armed bunker to defend his family from nuclear warfare.

Source: National Geographic Channel

45 :03x13 - Nobody Will Be Ready

Jan/07/2014
Two Tennessee families explore ways to survive after a devastating earthquake.

Source: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL

46 :03x14 - Americans Not Ameri-cant's

Jan/07/2014
A man in Georgia develops a device that is meant to divert and infiltrate enemy encampments. Elsewhere, a Texas native preps for the aftermath of an attack on the country's communication systems.

Source: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL
Classification: Documentary
Genre: | Cooking/Food | Current Events | Discovery/Science | Educational | Finance |
Status: Returning Series
Network: National Geographic Channel ( USA)
Airs: Tuesdays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: June 27, 2011
Episode Order: 14
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