Thursday, November 20, 2014

Case Study No. 1689: Rudy Reyes (Wannabe Librarian)

Rudy Reyes - Apocalypse Man Part Two
Government authorities say it's "not if... but when"...a moment in the future when, just as it has in the past, some catastrophe sparks mass destruction, leaving humans challenged to find shelter, heat, food, water and defense. If that happens, would you know what to do? Survival expert Rudy Reyes journeys through abandoned buildings showing us some surprising survival techniques, including making fire from steel wool, finding safe houses and creating shortwave radio transmissions.
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[scene opens with Rudy Reyes running through an "abandoned" neighborhood]
REYES: [in voice over] So far, I've found some food and equipment, but there's another need just as vital ... information.
[cut to Reyes entering an underground passageway]
REYES: [in voice over] In a world with no power, internet, or cell phones, information could come from a place you'd never expect. And that's where I'm heading now.
[he turns on his flashlight, then turns to the camera and puts a finger to his lips]
REYES: [to the camera] Shhh ... library.
[he smiles, then cut to Reyes sneaking around the darkened halls of a public library]
REYES: [in voice over] Libraries are full of information ...
[cut to Reyes crouching in the dark somewhere in the library, speaking directly to the camera]
REYES: Anything from mechanical and electronic, to pharmaceutical, first aid ... And of course, maps. Maps of the city and the surrounding area are gonna help you find more resources. Find more supplies.
[the camera zooms out a little]
REYES: Now, before the apocalypse, you probably did not have a library card. But after the apocalypse, this place ... it'll be your best friend.
[cut to a shot of Reyes roaming the stacks area, pointing his flashlight at the various shelves covered in plastic tarps]
REYES: [in voice over] You'd expect that libraries would be an immediate target. But in New Orleans, one of the few resources not to be attacked during the crisis was the city library service. Not one of the libraries across the district reported being looted. After Katrina, with internet and cell phones down, libraries became a life-saving service, providing information that couldn't be got anywhere else.
[cut to Reyes inspecting an old-fashioned card catalog (holding his flashlight with one hand while flipping through the cards with the other)]
REYES: [in voice over] To use them, think back to grade school, when you probably learned the Dewey Decimal System.
[the camera zooms in on one card marked "The Map Catalog," with call number "912 M32c"]
REYES: "Nine One Two, Mike Three Two."
[he takes out the card, then cut to Reyes examining another part of the library]
REYES: [in voice over] That's how books are cataloged, placed in a specific repeatable order that makes them easy to find. The first set of numbers refers to the category ... Geography and mapping's in the Nine Hundreds.
[cut to Reyes pulling a plastic tarp off of a large filing cabinet, then opening one of the drawers and pulling out an envelope marked "V.F. Utilities"]
REYES: This is what we're looking for.
[he opens the envelope and pulls out a folded map]
REYES: After there's a global disaster, how you think about movement ... how you think about getting around from Point A to Point B completely changes.
[he lays the map out on top of the filing cabinet]
REYES: You start considering stealth. Sneaky, surreptitious.
[he taps the map with his finger]
REYES: This is a sewer map ... and this could save your life.



Apocalypse Man is an American television program that premiered on January 6, 2010 on History Channel. Hosted by former U.S. Marine and martial-artist Rudy Reyes, the show is based on how to survive the aftermath of the end of the world.

Reyes demonstrates various techniques for surviving interesting post-apocalyptic scenarios. In the pilot, Reyes uses a bike pump to siphon diesel fuel to power a hospital's generator, creates a makeshift grappling-hook to scale over a part-way raised bridge, demonstrates how to create fire with a battery and steel wool, and shows the proper technique to break down a door in a breaching siege. The pilot was filmed in Detroit.



Who watched the History Channel's Apocalypse Man? A survivalist's dream-show starring armed-forces vet and martial-artist Rudy Reyes, Apocalypse proved to be an utterly fascinating, documentary dramatization about how to survive a massive cataclysmic event.

And now I know how to remove a manhole cover without getting a hernia, and almost know how to hot-wire a car engine, something years of watching TV and movie crime stories failed to fully impart.

Maneuvering in an abandoned-looking city and toting a backpack, Reyes showed us how to gain access into hospitals (where independent generators can be jump-started in areas in which electricity has been knocked out, the host asserted) and libraries (Reyes said that after Hurricane Katrina, libraries were some of the few places that weren't broken into, and yet which contained valuable information such as city maps... that is, if, in this internet age, you've learned the Dewey Decimal System, kids!).

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