In an article recently posted demand for prepping gear has exploded! And from personal experience companies like Mountain House are reportedly having a hard time keeping up. My local vendor here in Portland recently told me that the Country Living Grain mill was on backorder..
What does this tell me?
Well, like the article below it tells me that people are nervous on an international scale for a number of already posted reasons.. But it also tells me that people are waking up to being more prepared for the future. Here in Portland our Bureau of Emergency Management is working on a campaign to help people prepare and on a national level ready.org and FEMA have been drilling this in for YEARS!
More recently with the financial crisis of the times people are now taking note. I also have heard quite a bit about 2012 and I want to remind people of Y2K..
12 years ago before Y2k there was also a run on supplies.. And nothing came out of it.. this lackluster event left many with a sour taste in their mouth when it comes to being prepared. Now we have a new generation of people who are headed down the reverse Oregon trail. They want to be more prepared, to be self-sufficient and that is a GREAT thing.. The best thing we can do is to learn how to be more self-sufficient without relying on goods alone.. Grow a garden.. Raise rabbits and chickens. Cows if you can.. Being resilient does not depend upon the water in your basement but rather on your ability to dig you own well or filter the water you find..
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As the U.S. economy tanks and the Mid-East appears poised for war, a chain of survival gear stores in Missouri has reported a jump in sales due to people getting ready for the possible ‘collapse’ of society.
Steve Dorsey, a manager at one of the Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters stores in Webster Groves told KMOX-Radio that: “We had to order fifty cases of the meals ready to eat to keep up with the demand in the past three months. That’s not normal. Usually we sell 20 to 30 cases in a whole year.”
When local stores start running out of MREs– specially packaged meals ready-to-eat, generally for the military– that seems to be a sign of strong public anxiety.
Steve Dorsey also told reporters that sales has been picking up since the Arab Spring revolts and with the continued specter of a global economic collapse hanging over America.
‘Collapse’ preparations are apparently not just for the outdoorsman either. Dorsey claimed that wealthy patrons from cities have been buying up the gear as well, telling KMOX that:
“I’ve had people in here that are very wealthy and they’ve spent thousands of dollars just on backpacks that they fill with survival gear, one for each person of their family and something where they can just grab a bag and get out of Dodge.”
The survivalists‘ plans for a collapse aren’t limited to any one route, according to Dorsey. Some are stocking up on freeze-dried meals for home, others are stashing food at remote locations outside of cities they would flee to in the event of major incident. In other cases, families are setting up communal safe havens where 20 or 30 people will gather in the event of a collapse.
Dorsey gave his analysis of the situation as “people are scared. They don’t know where this country is going. They think we’re on a downward spiral with just dramatic, crazy spending. People just don’t know what’s going to happen.”
That much seems increasingly obvious, whether one is out storing up on MREs or not.