Last week on NatGeo’s “Doomsday Preppers” episode titled “We are the Marauders” a gentleman by the name of Tyler Smith was featured. Part of Tyler’s claimed strategy for surviving what he expects to be the upcoming collapse of society is forming a gang of doomsday “marauders.”
While many in the preparedness community are questioning the authenticity of Tyler Smith, some guessing the whole story was made up so they could make the show others are accusing Nat Geo of making the whole thing up with paid actors. However several sources have tentatively confirmed the existence of the ‘due paying’ gang (source).
Tyler Smith’s gang, Spartan Survival, of nearly 80 “paying members” plan to target surviving preppers in order to steal their stocks of food and ammo. Tyler Smith says: “We’re not in it (prepping) to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming.”
To Tyler Smith the American Preppers Network would like to say:
You’re not a prepper, Tyler, you’re a moocher, and if we ever find ourselves in a long-term disaster your little club of ‘marauders’ will be treated as looters and thieves by your surrounding community carrying out whatever justice against you they see fit. Stop calling yourself a prepper.
What is a Prepper?
In short, a prepper is the opposite of Tyler Smith. A Prepper is a person who takes Personal Responsibility and Self Reliance seriously. Preparedness is an important part of life for a serious Prepper. They follow the Five Principles of Preparedness while they Walk the Path of the Prepper.
A Prepper is a person who earnestly believes that no challenge is insurmountable with the proper dedication, determination and focus. A Prepper looks at things that most people would think impossible to survive and says “All you really need is X, Y and some Z! Preppers are very family oriented people who believe that it is more important to sacrifice leisure and entertainment today so that in a future potential calamity, they will be able to sustain a certain standard of living.
A Prepper takes steps to mitigate the long lasting effect of a severe impact on their world. They do this through stocking items that are critical for their continued well-being – called Standard of Living Insurance. The most notable and important of these items are Food, Water, and Shelter. An established Prepper will have large amounts of food stored, will have water filters and access to water established and will have taken steps to create or maintain the livability of their shelter, or home. Click here to read more about what a prepper really is.
To National Geographic:
A show called “Doomsday Preppers” – should be about preppers. If you’re going to do a show about something, like “Preppers”, a definition should be made (please see above – or consult with Practical Preppers) so you could then evaluate whether a potential guest meets the qualifications to represent your topic. In this case Tyler Smith does not meet current definitions.
To ANY paying member of ‘Spartan Survival':
You are formally invited to join the American Preppers Network and learn how to prepare for real free of charge. For no cost at all we will gladly teach you how to survive almost any imaginable disaster, and how to protect yourself from groups like the one you are currently a part of. You will instantly have access to a nationwide network of groups and friends happy to give you free information.
Imagine belonging to a respectable nationwide network of people who would fight to protect and help you instead of some random guy’s lame money making scheme, doomed for epic failure. Switch teams, ditch Tyler, and survive.
There are Tyler Smiths everywhere. This one may be in Western Washington, but there is probably a Tyler Smith in your town or someone who would become just like him if given half the oppurtunity. Know that right now in good times there are those whose evil is kept under wraps, but during a disaster it will be freed to further exploit others. Keep your eyes wide open and call it what it is.
Tyler Smith – you sir, are NOT a Prepper. Quit using that word to describe yourself. There is no such thing as a “prepper marauder” that is a term some “mall-ninja” made up which sounds better than moocher, looter, or thief.