Lake Bell’s husband is an apocalypse prepper and a ham radio operator

Lake Bell was on Kimmel promoting the new season of Bless This Mess. I don’t watch it but Hecate does and recommends it so maybe I’ll give it a chance. Lake and her husband, a tattoo artist, have relocated from New York to LA for her career. They have two children together: Ozgood, 2, and Nova, 4. Lake told Jimmy about her husband’s hobbies and they’re interesting to say the least.

What’s in your husband’s mancave?
He’s a bonafide apocalypse prepper. Like doomsday stuff. Very committed. He has a ham radio station. It’s a pretty esoteric thing. It’s not like scanners. They’re talking about other ham radios. It’s very meta.

We have an apocalypse mobile. It has a gas tank that can go for 800 miles.

So he’s ready to go?
He does other things too. He’s got this huge tub in the mancave and he got an industrial ice maker. He gets ice and puts it in the tub, puts water in there and submerges himself. I think he’s like prepping for a freeze, can I go through an arctic lake in a pinch?

What could you contribute to the family?
I have wolf hearing. My husband is a tattoo artist. He’s deaf. I have acute sensitive hearing.

My plan for the apocalypse is to go on the roof and let it happen. I don’t want to be around after that.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on Youtube]

I know someone who has his ham radio license. He’s not a prepper, but I’ve met some of his ham radio friends and a lot of them talk about their “go bags” and got into ham radio to be prepared for disasters. Beyond the whole apocalypse preparation thing, it’s rather practical knowledge to have in case of natural disaster type situations where digital communications and power can fail. The federal emergency radio frequencies are accessible through ham radios, and ham radio operators can broadcast during emergencies on certain bands. Radios often still operate and you can communicate and get information and assistance in those circumstances. The ham radio community is super nice and welcoming too. Also she’s so right that they talk on air about other ham radio things. A lot of it is Greek to me, but they have to know about how to set up antennas and which bands they can use and things like that.

Being prepared for disasters is definitely smart, but hopefully they’ll never need all that extreme apocalypse prep stuff. Some people go way too far. I try to think of it like the nuclear panic in the 1950s. So many people bought bunkers and supplies and what did it come to? That said, things are worse now and I want to survive! My plans are just to drive as far into the country as possible then figure it out. I have good intuition and I’ve watched a lot of post apocalyptic dramas.

Here’s Lake’s interview!




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  1. grabbyhands says:

    I’m with the interviewer on this one – I’d rather be at ground zero when it happens.

    Humanity is barely holding on as it is – when the last vestiges of competent leadership disappear, along with any degree of rule of law, I don’t want to be around to witness the chaos that is going to follow when trigger happy, paranoid morons no longer have anyone to answer to.

    • Erinn says:

      Yeeaaahhh same. And every once in a while people talk about the possibility of zombies – which is just silly to me. But at the same time, I’d want to be a zombie in the first round and just get that over with.

      • Krakken says:

        I REFUSE to participate in any apocalypse that is not zombie-based. I’ve been mentally preparing for years.
        If it all goes down and the armed MAGAts are in charge, I want no part.

    • lucy2 says:

      Same here. If things go THAT bad, I don’t want any parts of it!

      An emergency/disaster kit is a good idea though, especially if you have kids or pets. I had one for hurricanes, and ended up needing it to evacuate for a wildfire! Everything ended up ok then, but it was good to have a box of basic stuff ready, and a list of priorities to take stuff out of the house. I need to rebuild it since I’ve moved.

    • Esmom says:

      Ugh, yes. There’s a great novel called The Dog Stars by Peter Heller that paints what I think the country would be like when lawlessness becomes the norm (in the book, it was a global flu pandemic that wiped most people out, which also felt pretty realistic to me, frighteningly).

      The closest I’ve come to prepping is buying some bottled water before Y2K, lol. But my kids and my husband and I have talked about how our emergency plan, if we ever need one, is to meet up at our little cabin, by whatever means of transportation available including our own two feet, that we’re lucky enough to own away from the city.

  2. M4A says:

    Who wants to be around after an Apocalypse?

  3. Megs says:

    Agreed. I tried camping again this summer and I came to the conclusion I wouldn’t do well without all the modern conveniences I’ve become accustomed to (I’m spoiled). I mean, should the end come and there’s no modern medicine Wi-Fi or Netflix? Hard pass for this girl.

  4. pineapple says:

    Yah, my husbands pretty adamant that you DON’T want to be one of the people who survive. I’m not convinced but unfortunately, he usually is right.

  5. fifee says:

    Im always of the mind that I would like to see what it would be like post apocalypse, yet at the same time I’d run towards disaster than away from it.

    I live not too far from Faslane Naval Base / Coulport, where nuclear submarines are stationed & warheads are stored, so its probably quite high on a list for a strike if anything “nuclear” were to happen. For that reason, Im grateful to be where I am, a 20 min journey would take me close enough for obliteration! As I said above, I’d like to see what happens but theres no way in hell I would like to live it.

  6. manda says:

    My dad used to do HAM radio and it is pretty meta. All they really do is just see how far away they can get someone on the line, and then they ask coordinates, maybe talk about the weather.
    And then they send each other postcards. I remember he told me that you had to have a license to do it and I was just dumbfounded.

  7. L84Tea says:

    My neighbor across the street is a prepper. He actually has a storage unit full of food and ammo. My husband and I’s little joke is that if the poop hits the fan, neighbor is the first one we’re going to go Negan on. 😀

  8. Esmom says:

    This headline made me laugh because it seems so on brand for quirky Bell to have an equally quirky husband. They’re delightful sounding to me, lol.

    I read an article in the New Yorker in recent years about how the uber rich preppers are building super luxurious bunkers in heartland states that go way underground, it’s wild. They even have fake LED-type “windows” where they can change the scenery “outside” whenever they want:

    • Kate says:

      How are they gonna get from NYC to middle America in an emergency/disaster?

      • blacktoypoodle says:

        And are they going to wash their own dishes, do their own laundry and clean their own toilets? Do they plan on taking all the service people they depend on?

  9. megs283 says:

    I wish I were committed enough to be a prepper. The apocalypse is one of those things that runs through my mind if I can’t sleep. If it were just me, I’d be ok with winging it…but I have two little kids and that’s what freaks me out. We have a half-gallon of old poland spring water in the basement and a few jars of homemade pickles, and that’s it…BJs has a giant pallet for $1200 that provides sustenance for 6 months or something. Just knowing that exists makes me want to buy it, but I’m too practical to do that…

    • Nicole76705 says:

      Same here! I do have bolt cutters in my car. I work on a university campus and if shit hits the fan I plan to use said bolt cutters to take a bike. The thought of not being able to get to my kids freaks me the hell out!!!! I keep meaning to pack a bug-out bag, but those damn things are expensive 😉

  10. Doodle says:

    Love Lake Bell! If you haven’t seen it, watch her in Man Up with Simon Pegg. I think it’s still available on Netflix.

  11. Nikki* says:

    I’m a trained member of Citizens Emergency Response Team, a national organization for volunteers to help authorities in disasters. It was started years ago after volunteers in a CA fire were disorganized, so now this national organization is super organized to truly be of help; we are mobilized like the National Guard. Sometimes in a disaster like a tornado or hurricane, emergency vehicles can’t get through, power lines are down, flooding cuts people off, etc. So we’ve learned BASIC life saving and triage skills, ham radio skills, etc, and keep continuing our training. YOU ALL SHOULD HAVE A BAG PACKED FOR 3 DAYS WORTH OF CLOTHES, MEDICINES, PHONE CHARGERS, etc. in case you have to leave fast, especially if you have young kids. You may think you are in a safe area, but chemical spills on a nearby highway, fires, or gas leaks that threaten, can happen lots of places. Hope you have an accessible fire extinguisher. I can’t believe how many people spend time on their financial security, but are too cheap to buy a fire extinguisher.

    • IMUCU says:

      I’ve been planning to join a CERT team after I graduate nursing school! I have a ham radio technician’s license I had to get in h.s. as a physics project, but never got a radio. I also have emergency supplies for a hurricane ready to go, so to most of my friends I look like a prepper since almost everyone in this area is woefully unprepared for them. I don’t like the last minute scrambling to the stores to grab the last batteries and water off the shelves; I’d rather just be prepared!

  12. Jess says:

    I’m with Lake. I wanna go out in the first wave. I’ve always liked her and just watched the first episode of Bless. It’s not great but it’s cute.

  13. Lizzie says:

    ham radios were 4chan before 4chan. those people should have to go back to building a machine and speaking into the void for years before someone hears their dumb ideas…instead of the instant gratification of the internet. there would be a lot less alex jones lovers b/c to hear him would be A CHORE.

  14. Mom2mom says:

    How is he a ham radio operator and deaf? How can he hear anything?

  15. Cay says:

    I only saw part of the first episodes of Bless This Mess. I thought it was offensive. As someone who has spent much of my life in rural Midwest, I have never known anyone who lived in a barn. It made people out to be stereotypes and hicks. And it looked nothing like Nebraska. Maybe these new shows are better, but that’s a hard pass from me.

  16. DiegoInSF says:

    Yay, I can tell my story of meeting Lake lol. So, in NYC on Xmas, my dad and I were waiting at a restaurant, and then the “host” says your table is ready and it’s just Lake Bell with a baby joking around, she was waiting for her family, and then we just talked like regular people. It was such a nice encounter.

  17. GrnieWnie says:

    seems like he’d be better off prepping for hot temps, not subzero ones.