Jason Charles is a FDNY guy trying to prepare for an eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano while stuck in just about the worst environment I can think of.
Actually, he’s really worried about the civil unrest and general chaos that would likely result from said eruption—or from numerous other more-probable events.
And unfortunately, being in a terrible environment with 27,000 people per square mile means he can’t have handguns. Okay, no guns. Get some knives. Okay, he has knives. And they are…‘fantasy’ knives straight out of the BudK catalog. I think I saw a katana, too. He claims that they would be really intimidating to a foe…but I dunno, I think I’d be more afraid of a big guy with a quality fixed-blade bush knife who looks like he knows how to use it, than of a big guy with a made-in-Pakistan, ninja knife with serrations and a curvy blade. Or maybe I’d be scared of both of them, but it’d be different kinds of scared. Luckily, to improve on his lack of knife-fighting ability, he starts learning krav maga from an Israeli fellow.
They do a ‘bug-in’ drill where they practice filling up their water storage and sealing the windows. It was cool to see their ‘water bob’—something I’d never heard of—which is basically an oversized plastic bag that fits in a bathtub; I don’t see how it’s any different from just filling up the bathtub by itself (as one should always do at the first sign of trouble), but maybe it’s to prevent contamination or something. Of course, part of Charles’ practice drill includes scattering a box of crushed glass down the hall in front of his door. I’m not sure why—unfortunately, I don’t think enough city people have embraced the barefoot lifestyle for this to be a viable part of one’s security plan—but if you want to secure your place against bandits, matchbox cars would probably be a better choice. Regardless, practice is always good.
Because it looks like their food storage is a box of MRE entrees, Jason heads down the street to a storage unit where he has more supplies stashed. But as part of the drill, he wants to simulate being in an volcanic ash cloud (a caption pops up telling us that experts project the ash from a Yellowstone eruption wouldn’t likely reach NYC). So he puts on his fireman’s air tank and facemask and goes walking around the city streets to resupply (I can only imagine the funny looks he got while doing this).
Strangely, this segment doesn’t have a follow-up with the guy after the experts’ appraisal.
Sorry if I don’t have much to say about this one; apartment prepping isn’t really my thing.