Charleston man to appear on 'Doomsday Preppers' reality show

By Nikki

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) Zombies, asteroids, and earthquakes, oh, my! Could the end of days be upon us? Some doomsday preppers seem to think so.

In fact, one Charleston man is getting some national exposure for his attempts to get ready for the next big travesty. On Tuesday night, David Appleton will appear on National Geographic's popular show appropriately titled "Doomsday Preppers."

And, no, Appleton says he's not crazy, just simply prepared.

"This is our surplus Army trailer," he said, pointing out various materials and supplies at his home. "We can load this up with all of our supplies. We can put all of our emergency kits in here."

For the last six years, Appleton and his wife have been gearing up for the next big catastrophe. He even has his own gadget to recycle rain water.

"All the water comes off here flows into the rain barrel and the rain barrel flow inside the green house," Appleton said.

He said he believes the Lowcountry is long overdue for another hurricane.

"And an earthquake -- we're kind of overdue for that as well," he said. "The 1886 earthquake almost leveled Charleston and did level parts of Charleston."

Inside Appleton's home, he's stockpiled emergency kits and food.

"If we had to leave in 30 seconds, this is the one bag we'd take. And this has all of your stuff pre-packaged in it," he said as he handled a survival kit.

Appleton has even turned his passion for survival into a thriving business called 'N' A Pinch Survival solutions. It's what caught the attention of National Geographic's hit show, Doomsday Preppers.

"There are some people on the show who are certifiably coo-coo, like nuts," he said.

But Appleton, who occasionally performs standup comedy around Charleston, says he's not one of them and said preparing for a major disaster is no laughing matter.

"People come and they see our survival kits and they see our long-term food storage and say, 'Well, that's silly. If it's doomsday, I want to be the first to go,'" Appleton said. "Well, that's kind of dumb because what about your kids. What about your family, friends - those are important to you?"

There will be a watch party for Appleton's appearance on the show Tuesday at the Roost Bar N' Grille in West Ashley starting at 7:30 p.m.