“The Time Of Reckoning” episode focuses on one family and the family they’ve teamed up with in their prep plans.
Prepper: Dr. Tom Perez, retired chiropractor from Houston, Texas, his wife, Monica and 3 kids ages 17, 12 and 6, the younger two being boys.
Scenario: “Terroristic” Attack with a dirty bomb, packed with radioactive material. Blast can spread radiation to several miles. Decontamination would be difficult.
The Perez’s live in a 6800 sq. ft home in an upscale neighborhood. He’s trained his family to give up the luxury and bug out quickly and efficiently. According to Tom, there would be panic, looting and shooting in Houston and that’s not for them. “If the shit hits the fan, I would definitely get out of there.”
They practice a bug out twice a month, fastest time is ten minutes. Their safe house is also in Texas, 300 miles from their home. He has a compound there and 3 back up bug out routes. 700 acres with 2 limestone homes, ‘The Alamo.’ It’s taken ten years and over $2 million to build. Bulletproof walls, barbed wire fencing and the harsh terrain that surrounds him.
Tom says It’s not an obsession, it’s therapeutic. His blood pressure drops when he passes through ‘The Alamo’ gates. My blood pressure would go down because it’s a beautiful compound!
They have 9 months of food at the ranch. He’s contaminated 10% of the food and water supply in case of attack and he is the only one who knows which items these are. What about the family?
Water is in endless supply for him. Built near an aquifer that provides water to Texans daily. His windmill draws the water up from below ground, 11,000 gallons per day. Tom has a reserve in case of compromise. Concrete tanks of water that are protected against Molotov bombs and more sturdy than steel or plastic.
He’s training the wife and kids to protect the Alamo. They have had firearms training since they were small. Little guy has a child sized weapon. Tom is smart and his kids know this. The local law enforcement folks are about to do a surprise attack on the family to put their training to the test.
“Grandpa’s here” is the phrase for an intruder, at least for this episode. Tom wants to see how the two young boys will react if their parents and older sister are rendered defenseless. They listened to the police officers’ assessment and tips for improvement.
Steven Vanasse is his four year prep partner.
“Prepping is in the back of my mind more than sex.”
He believes the time of reckoning is around the corner. What reckoning, Steve? He thinks we’ve been lucky so far, but that’s not holding out. He’s obsessed with his families safety. Steve checks weekly for radiation in his home with a Geiger counter.
Steve is a radiation specialist His expertise is something Tom does not have, hence the pairing up. From what we’re shown, Steve’s bringing a Geiger counter, weapons and 3 more mouths to feed to the compound. He admitted not adding much else. How about some food and water?
Daughter Victoria and wife, Gobriela (with an ‘o’) are a bit freaked about the weapons, but they are headed for their first training because, air quotes by Victoria, “They need to.” She’s not too hot on the shooting.
Tom’s two young boys are going to learn how to kill a goat. Little man asks what a terrorist attack is? Dad just answers that it’s when people do bad stuff. Guess that’s age appropriate for a six year-old.
They approach the restrained goat as it cries out. Tom ties him up so he can’t run away. The twelve year-old takes the knife and as little man looks away (and the camera), he cuts the goats throat. It hurts to see this witnessed by a child so young, but I guess it’s necessary and happens quite often in farm life, but these are suburban boys living in the lap of luxury. I’m glad they felt emotion, sadness and respect for the animal.
Steve Vanasse has his wife and daughter suit up for their first bug out. See? I don’t get this. A four year partnership that is extremely lopsided. I’d want a family that’s trained up , all on board with this and bringing more than just weapons to my $2 million compound. Sorry.
Tom thinks he’s a better prepper so he has something in store for Steve. His family challenges the Vanasse’s when they reach the gate to ensure there are no extra folks with them. Steve was alarmed by it, but he’s not mad. That’s what Tom should have done, he says. Why be mad when you’re getting the better end of this deal by miles?
Steve seems a bit off to me. The personalities of the two men don’t aren’t linked very much beyond this shared fear and desire to beat feet out of Houston.
Here’s a bit of what I mean. The guys create an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) and from a hunting blind, they ‘look’ for intruders and detonate the IED. Steve’s rifle has a muzzle break which lessens recoil and increases accuracy. It also increases sound volume. Tome experiences painful temporary hearing loss when Steven shoots his weapon. He can’t stand and is near tears, though he was wearing ear protection. He was medically checked out and fine. He tells Steve that he fucked up by firing inside the blind. He lets Steve go, then has a change-of-heart. It has been four years after all. The plan is to work on safety. Now? After four years? OK.
Tom makes it clear that what we saw was not all of his plans and locations. Smart move since this is national television. He seems very smart, but this scenario is not that high on the threat scale to go all in like this. Of course, he could be preparing for something else entirely. Like I said, he’s smart and keeps his cards to his chest.
Expert Prepper’s Assessment: Water preps are highly impressive, food re-supply plan is good. The 300 mile trip could be a problem. Store hidden caches of food along the route and prepare to make the trip on foot.
Scale rating: Food, shelter, water, security and X-factor score 77 out of 100. 15 months initial survival time as a group.
Update: Steve’s had Victoria training on other weapons and he and his wife are taking fencing classes and learning HAM radio skills. We didn’t hear from them, so I take that with a grain of salt.
Tom: Homeschooling his kids now at their own ‘Doomsday Academy’ and looking to obtain an armored car and working on a bunker in an undisclosed location. God bless our troops and God bless America, he says.
Dirty bombs are not considered WMD’s (Weapons Of Mass Destruction). To date, none have been successfully detonated.
I’m surprised that the update has these families still in a pact. I don’t see it being anywhere equal or lasting if ‘shit does hit the fan’ and they have to be together for umm ever. Of course, Steve’s family may not realize that they could be working for ‘the man’ on the farm. Earning that free food, water and lodging.
Tom was cool with me as it’s his money to spend the way he wishes, but lost me on the homeschooling for bug out reasons and calling it ‘Doomsday Academy.’ The kids seem normal and well trained, but is this to be their life for a minimal threat?
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