ADDITIONAL NOTES: completed airing its fourth season on 8/28/14; has yet to be renewed for a fifth season
DESCRIPTION: (from National Geographic Channel's press release, June 2014) A natural disaster, an economic collapse, an unexpected harsh winter - for every person, there's that moment when they discover that the world and everything they hold dear can be taken away. And that is why they prep. The fourth season of National Geographic Channel's hit series Doomsday Preppers (#DoomsdayPreppers) digs deep into the basics of prepping: forget expensive, elaborate bunkers and builds - this is just good ol' prepping. Take a closer look into who the preppers are, why they prep and how their prepping impacts those close to them and their communities. Season four of Doomsday Preppers premieres Thursday, July 24, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel. In each episode, viewers meet three separate preppers and get an up-close and personal look into their lives, homes and way of life. We meet them on their own turf, examine their methods and track their progress as they think through every logistic and contingency plan. In the end, experts analyze the preppers' chances of survival if their worst fears become a reality and they have to put their plans into action. Each prepper is judged on five categories - food, water, shelter, security and an extra factor depending on their particular methods. Viewers are left to decide for themselves whether the preppers' concerns can be substantiated by evidence or are unlikely to come to fruition. These people have dedicated their lives to preparing for the worst. Will it be worth all the effort?