Doomsday Preppers: Jason Charles

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.


5 responses to this post.

  1. […] the hook for evacuating in his Jeep, which would be rendered useless in an EMP attack. How about Jason Charles, NYFD, who fears a Yellowstone Supervolcano eruption and gets a poor rating for not having more […]


  2. Posted by Gerbil Nest on 8 April, 2012 at 09:58

    RE: glass in hallway. Maybe he’s protecting his home from his neighbor’s pets. Those pomeranians and shi tzus can be vicious.


  3. Posted by Jason on 26 June, 2012 at 00:45

    To whom ever wrote this,

    My name is Jason Charles. The TV show was just that a TV show. There were things on the show that they wanted me to do for effect. My knives are NOT from Bud K Knives. Knives still cut the same whether cheap or not. That’s the first lesson in knife knowledge let alone fighting. My better knives I kept off the show because of the neighborhood I’m in. The Water Bob hold water so that you don’t have to worry about slow leaks & dust particles setting in the water. Anyway, nice article. Just so happen to stumble upon it.


    • Posted by BFraser on 24 October, 2012 at 18:27

      I must say I think [his] knowledge on urban survival in an emergency is very helpful I also agree with the knife ideas as people would be more scared of a knife that looks more dangerous and to those who do not realize why the glass was spread on the ground, it provides a early warning that someone is outside as the glass would be crushed underfoot.


  4. Posted by Hunter on 18 August, 2016 at 23:07

    I was the unfortunate recipient of a customer complaint from this man, and the experience was so awful I Googled his name. He was, by FAR the most emotional, unstable person I ever dealt with, and all over such a trivial thing. I’m a firm believer in how you treat strangers when things aren’t going your way shows your true character. I wouldn’t take survival advice from this man; at the first sign of a mild inconvenience, he becomes hysterical. I’ve never before witnessed a grown man acting in such a childish manner. God help anyone who goes to him needing survival advice. He no doubt will be absolutely panicked.


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