Scott Hunt from "Doomsday Preppers" is one of the experts featured in the National Geographic Channel reality series. He advises people on how to systematically prepare to survive cataclysmic disasters, ranging from devastating hurricanes to more protracted crises, such as a massive electromagnetic attack that might wreak havoc upon our technological infrastructure, paralyze government and cause the collapse of order.

An engineer who now runs a working farm in South Carolina, Scott Hunt has the glib charm and calm, reassuring wisdom of someone who spent a decade as a pastor to a non-denominational congregation.

Hunt, a jack-of-all trades whose talents range from welding and fixing machinery to raising cattle, says he learned that versatility growing up in a small town in upstate New York, where his father was an auto body mechanic, and his extended family circle included loggers, carpenters, and other people with hands-on expertise. From an early age, "I had to help out with all that stuff," he recalls. "And oddly, all the things I hated to do as a teenager taught me the skills that I use now. I worked on a dairy farm for five years. I've done building, construction work, you name it."

Hunt's real-world experience as a youth stimulated his curiosity about how things worked, which led to him to pursue an engineering degree at the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which bills itself as "the nation's oldest technological university." While in school, he helped support himself by working as an assistant to kinetic sculptor George Rickey, doing welding and fabrication. That gig afforded him the chance to travel to Germany and Japan to work on Rickey's installations.

After graduating from RPI in 1992, Hunt spent a decade working as an engineer for tire manufacturer Michelin, and then did a stint as a pastor, which appealed to his altruistic urges. But all the while, Hunt also kept getting his hands dirty. He, his wife and four children made their home on a farm in South Carolina, where Hunt could freely engage in his other passion of developing a largely self-sufficient, sustainable lifestyle, in which he provided his family's own food, water, power and other needs. "I always wanted to see if I could live independent of the system," he explains. Eventually, others' curiosity about the systems he developed for providing water and other resources led him to start yet another career as a prepper consultant.

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Where does he live? Find out here.

Current Residence: South Carolina

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