A Prepper’s Journey to The Twilight Zone

Avatar Gaye Levy  |  Updated: December 16, 2020
A Prepper’s Journey to The Twilight Zone

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Today I would like to share a prepper’s journey in to the twilight zone. You know, that place somewhere between reality and imagination. Only this time, the year is 1961 and the prepper is Doctor Stockton, a responsible family man who does the right thing by providing for his family’s welfare in the event of a nuclear attack.

Got that? 1961! Some of you may not be old enough to remember those times but those were the days of the Cuban missile crisis, the Cold War, and the government’s endorsement of fallout shelters.


But back to Doc Stockton. His tale and the tale of humanity gone berserk during a time of crisis is the basis of an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. The title is “The Shelter” and here is what happens:

The episode begins with friends and neighbors gathered at Doc Stockton’s house to celebrate his birthday. Everyone is laughing and joking, and having a great time. There is a wide range of personalities around the table – and, shocking for the early sixties – some ethnic diversity.

Word comes down from the government that a possible missile attack has been detected by the early warning radar system and everyone should proceed to shelter. The party breaks up with everyone going home and the Stockton family heads to its fallout shelter after running around to gather last minute supplies from other parts of their home.

A short time later, the neighbors are back. They have not prepared. They have no shelter and they have no supplies. They bang on the door of Doc Stockton’s shelter, demanding to go in. What happens next is the important part. The neighbors turn into brutal savages, attacking each other and attempting to knock down the door to the shelter with a makeshift ramming rod.

Eventually, the threat is called off but nothing, notes the Doctor, will ever be the same. The very fabric of relationships, trust and friendship have been broken. Or perhaps they were never there.

Let’s bring this back in to the present.

If you are reading this article you have either thought about prepping or have already started. Some of you, I know for a fact, are much further along then I am. The important thing is that you have the survivalist mindset. You have taken steps to get ready for the unexpected and will not need to rely on your friends, your neighbors or the government to take care of you if the SHTF. But, and this is a big but, you need to be wary of the uninformed. Or perhaps I should say the ignorant and the lazy who think it will not happen to them.

So what is the Twilight Zone, anyway?

As described by Rod Serling, the Twilight Zone is defined as follows:

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone.”

These days, we have our own 21st century version of the Twilight Zone. We call it the Wujo.

Coined by George Ure, he defines Wujo as follows:

“The Wujo is that mental dojo (a place of martial arts) where East meets West, Reality meets Fiction and the Woo-woo faces off against ‘science’.”

I don’t know about you, but the “Down at the Wujo” articles over at Urban Survival sound a lot like the Twilight Zone to me. Only this time, the dimension of imagination has migrated closely to reality. Further, if a Wujo event has happened to you, you will understand that there is just a miniscule line where imagination stops and reality begins.

Prevent a Zombie attack in your neighborhood

Let me be clear. Do not let the tale of The Shelter cross over in to your reality. Beat the Wujo and protect your stuff! Specifically:

  • Get to know you neighbors and the folks in your community now so you can identify the bad guys and those that are living so high on the hog that they have not put anything away for the big “what it”.
  • Get yourself a firearm and learn how to use it. If you are not yet comfortable with a firearm, get yourself some bear defense spray, wasp spray or pepper spray.
  • Keep your mouth shut. Do not brag about what you have and where it is kept.
  • Be helpful and share your knowledge but be mindful that when the worst happens, people will begin to attack. And yes, they will become zombies.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

P.S. The Shelter (Twilight Zone Season 3, Episode 3) is available for watching via streaming if you have a subscription  (A free 30 day trial is available.)

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8 Responses to “A Prepper’s Journey to The Twilight Zone”

  1. I remember watching this on TV when it was first broadcast. It made quite an impression. I filled a lot of empty bottles and hid them in our pump room.

    >>amazing how crazed and violent people can become<< A neighbor recently mentioned driving into a Home Depot parking lot when it became obvious we were going to be hit by Hurricane Iniki in 1992. He said that people were having fist fights over parking places.

    Wikipedia has an interesting story about Iniki and the response: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Iniki

    • Tom – Thanks for the link. The account of the aftermath is a tribute to the islanders. To quote:

      “Immediately after the storm, many were relieved to have survived the worst of the Category 4 hurricane; their complacency turned to apprehensiveness due to lack of information, as every radio station was out and there was no news available for several days. Because Iniki knocked out electrical power for most of the island, communities held parties to necessarily consume perishable food from unpowered refrigerators and freezers. Though food markets allowed those affected to take what they needed, many Kauaʻi citizens insisted on paying. In addition, entertainers from all of Hawaiʻi, including Graham Nash (who owns a home on the north shore of Kauai) and the Honolulu Symphony, provided free concerts to the victims.[8]

      Looting occurred in the aftermath of Iniki, though it was very minor. A group of Army Corps of Engineers, who experienced the looting of Hurricane Andrew just weeks before, were surprised at the overall calmness and lack of violence on the island. Although electrical power was restored to most of the island approximately six weeks following the hurricane, students returned to Kauai public schools two weeks after the disaster. Kauaʻi citizens remained hopeful for monetary aid from the government or insurance companies, though after six months they felt annoyed with the lack of help.[8] The military effectively provided aid for their immediate needs, though, and help arrived before local officials requested aid.[23]

      Amateur radio proved to be extremely helpful during the three weeks after the storm, with volunteers coming from the neighboring islands as well as from around the Pacific to assist in the recovery. There was support of local government communications in Lihue in the first week of recovery [13] as well as a hastily organized effort by local operators to assist with the American Red Cross and their efforts to provide shelters and disaster relief centers across Kauai.[24]”

  2. I saw that episode, amazing how crazed and violent people can become when they get desperate, and panicky

  3. Thanks for posting this. As a “Zoner” and someone who is in his late 50’s, I have seen this episode several times. And I am still struck by how relevant it is today. I would hope that the younger generation of preppers will watch it at least once, and consider the lessons that it teaches. Even though it is 50 years old, the awesome genius and insight that Rod Serling put into his stories are timeless. But then I guess that’s why both “The Twilight Zone” and Mr. Serling today are considered “classics”.

  4. This was an awesome post. I was born in 1961 and recently sold a house with a bomb shelter. On one hand, I’m trying hard to meet my neighbors, but on the other hand, I can’t tell them why. Going to go watch this episode on Netflix now.

  5. Wow, i saw that movie a few months back. You should really read the book “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen. It Will open your eyes, may scare you, but it will give you an idea of how many aspects of our lives would be affected, and give an idea of what to expect.I read your article about Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers on the Patriot Post yesterday. Great article. I have a question about the oxygen absorbers. I’m going to start oven canning some dried goods, and would like to know if the heat from the food products would render the pouches useless, or would I not even need them.

    • Would you mind send me a link to the Patriot Post article? Also, I am not sure what you mean by oven canning but the idea sounds intriguing. Care to elaborate?

      — Gaye

    • One Second After is what started my prepping lifestyle. Drives my daughter and her husband crazy but they may have a chance to know why I am doing this.

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