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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Prepping is about skills and knowledge

Doomsday prepper convention
David Z. Morris
In a real survival situation, "the more you know, the less you have to carry. A lot of people don't know much and think they can buy their way out of it.

Everyone's worried mainly about the collapse of the dollar," says Hogwood, referring to widespread prepper fears of hyperinflation triggered by the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing.

More and more Americans are spending money to get ready for an uncertain future -- gathering food, water, tools, and skills to help them weather anything from a hurricane to a pandemic. Contrary to images of deluded or gun-obsessed "lone wolves," many preppers are average consumers reacting to concrete worries, and their way of thinking is spreading, fueling an emerging lifestyle trend. That lifestyle is generating demand for a broad spectrum of products offering survival -- or even comfort -- when large-scale systems go down.

Crawford is the author of Lights Out, a preparedness-themed novel that he has successfully self-published to an eager audience. The premise of Lights Out is a large electromagnetic pulse (EMP), knocking out electronics across the U.S. and causing a slow decline of society. Crawford and a business partner were at LCBR as part of an effort to raise funds to turn Lights Out into a trio of feature films. The EMP scenario (or a "grid down") was a recurring concern at the expo -- and, at least technologically, it's plausible.


(Prepping is about skills and knowledge. Knowing how and what to do in an emergency. Its also about having what you need to survive.) Story Reports


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