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article imageSpringfield Preppers & Patriots expo draws visitors

By James Walker     Aug 17, 2014 in Lifestyle
The Preppers & Patriots expo in Springfield this weekend is attracting a large turnout from people who wish to learn how to prepare themselves for a future emergency.
Over fifty vendors are in attendance, with organisers saying that visitors will learn how to prepare for anything from a tornado to an economic collapse.
Classes, presented by 36 speakers, cover everything from wilderness survival to successful bartering, should economic systems fail and money lose value. Organiser Mike Slack explained the success of the show, saying "People are responsible. They want to take responsibility for their own safety, for their own families, because frankly they do not trust official agencies to do it effectively."
The idea of "preppers" has grown in popularity recently in the wake of natural disasters such as the 2011 tsunami in Japan, causing the near-meltdown of a reactor at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and 2012 Hurricane Isacc in Louisiana which destroyed many homes. Sites such as USPreppers aim to help people get ready for the worst that could possibly occur and reassure those who worry whether they have done enough to help themselves should a disaster occur.
Typically, the preventative steps taken by preppers include storing vital resources such as food, water and money in preservative containers in a place likely to survive the disaster.
Many preppers are devoted to ensuring their future is safe but events such as the expo in Springfield this weekend also aim to help the general public do something to prepare themselves. This reassures people by knowing they have an emergency fund ready for a disaster and can also lower the pressure on emergency services in the aftermath of a disaster - be it natural, a terror attack or even economic failure.
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