- The group has in interesting mix of people: scientist, martial artist, handyman, doctor, nurse, ex con, etc.
- Prior to beginning the taping, the people were deprived of sleep, food, and water for 30 hours to simulate what would happen to people immediately after a disaster.
- The people scavenged what they could as soon as they were set loose.
- Secure shelter is important. These people are using an abandoned warehouse.
- They immediately located a water source (a disgustingly dirty river in Los Angeles)
- They filtered the water with sand and charcoal then boiled it to make it safe to drink.
- Basic needs: fire, water, shelter, security, sanitation, food.
- To protect their feet while their shoes and socks were drying out over the fire, they made "shoes" out of shipping envelopes and duct tape.
- Cleanliness and sanitation are important so as not to spread disease. Toilets were flushed manually with water.
- Beds were made out of pallets, cardboard, Styrofoam, drapes, and rags.
- People were rotated on two hour security watches
- A quote: "people will attempt to get supplies and resources by any way possible after a disaster." Security is a must and will be a continual effort.
- Assume you are not alone and will have other survivors to contend with.
- A quote: "In survival mode you may have to let go of your moral compass".
- If you have limited resources will you share with other survivors who are strangers? This was a contentious scene for both the "inside" group and the new survivors put in the situation.
- After the basics were taken care of, the people moved on to power. They used scavenged batteries which were "daisy chained" then converted to household AC for power.
- One man kicked alcohol, tobacco, and coffee when he started the challenge--he wasn't a happy camper for the first few days. Somehow coffee was found on Day 4.
- Water is budgeted to one gallon of water per person per day. The average American uses 144 gallons of water per day (!).
- The warehouse had lots of useful materials and supplies for their various projects.
- Storage of water in the shelter was valuable.
- During a rain storm, they devised a system to collect water from the gutters (it's easier than traveling to the river and hauling it back to the shelter).
- Baking soda was used for laundry soap and corrugated steel was used for a washboard in order to wash clothes.
- Jobs were pretty much divided up along gender lines.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The Colony Part 1
I just stumbled across "The Colony" on the Discovery Channel as I was writing my last post. Looks like a fairly interesting series. The scenario is that a group of people will be stranded together for a period of ten weeks in an urban area in order to simulate what would happen after a major global disaster. Here's some notes: