'Doomsday Castle': Brent offers 3 tips for surviving the End of Days
Perhaps this would not be unusual if it were the European countryside of the 1500s.
But this is happening in one of the Carolinas, and an individual man is doing this to protect his family and four generations to come.
The location is intentionally kept vague, and the man goes only by Brent because he is concerned about people trying to take advantage of his hard work. His quest and the construction of the fortress are shown on National Geographic Channel's "Doomsday Castle," airing Tuesdays.
Chatting for a long time in a quiet corner of a rooftop party in Los Angeles, Brent explains what motivates him.
An engineer, a prepper and a deeply religious man, Brent began thinking about this with the threat of Y2K, when all computers were supposed to stop. He had read enough to know that when electricity stops, it's not long until chaos rules.
He bought 47.22 acres when the land was cheap and originally thought a chalet would look good there but realized that a fire could easily destroy a wood structure.
"What could I build?" he tells Zap2it. "It has to be all rock. And you start going back to medieval times. They were built for defense. It isn't going to cost me any more than any other design."
Each episode relates to a biblical story. The pilot hearkens to Noah because of water, he says of building a drawbridge with his children.
"If my own intellect tells me this is possible," he says, "what kind of father would I be if I didn't?"
• Decide what could happen and what you need. Start with supplies for two weeks and build to a year.
• Brent has four guns: a pistol, a shotgun, an assault rifle and a long-range rifle.
• Plan for clean sources of water.