Since I was one of the preppers in the show, let me give you a little background. First, we had no idea whatsoever what the expert would say about our preps. The producer sent me casually worded questions in emails and, unknown to me, forwarded them to his 'expert'. At no point did he ever tell me that someone else was reading my emailed responses.
Since we had no idea what the critique would be, we were told to give a variety of vocal and facial responses -- nodding our head like, "He's got a point," to "I'm not so sure about that." When I was first asked to be a part of this, I turned them down, and it wasn't until they revamped their plan, that I agreed. The whole "expert critique" thing wasn't handled honestly, though, and they did the editing as they saw fit.
As far as finding silver quarters in circulation, I actually would challenge someone to do just that! I'm always checking my change and 1971 or so is the oldest quarter I've yet to find. I'm certain that any 90% silver coins out there are being returned to the Mint.
I'd be happy to answer any questions about our experience. I'm not concerned about Opsec because we are in the process of relocating, and the sooner we get out of this desert, the better!
Moral of the story: Don't believe everything you see on television.
Can I add one more comment? That delivery truck at night? TOTAL FAKE. We would NEVER do that and have no reason to. The producer needed drama and other than an occasional fight between my kids, we really don't have any drama around here. LOL Making a big to do about delivering food at night would, he thought, illustrate opsec. And, remember, the audience they were going for are NOT the survivalists/preppers out there!
Oh, one other thing. Someone emailed me and asked about the whole evacuation thing. Not everyone in America has a friend or family member who owns a farm or lives on acreage in a little rural town. If we want to bug out to a relative's home, we'll have to hightail it to Texas, some 1500 miles away. Not impossible but also not the most practical thing when TSHF.
Because we live in the Phoenix area, we are a virtual island surrounded by hundreds of miles of desert and there are very few routes out of town. We have two young kids. Exactly how are we supposed to evacuate? On foot? On our bikes? If there ever were a worst case disaster in Phoenix, the safest place to be will be at home, NOT on one of the 3 or 4 routes out of town, especially in the summer.
It's not that we haven't discussed getting out of Dodge but I'd rather face whatever may happen in Phoenix, than face 200 miles of desert. Some preppers have no choice but to hunker down, and at the moment, that includes us. And then, of course, we have our security plans, which we didn't discuss with NatGeo.
I probably should be writing this on my blog.