Recent Preparedness Expo Indicates Pent-up Demand for Survival and Preparedness Information
The paradox of the survival/preparedness movement is that when serous disasters are actually happening, it is difficult to do survival education events. A few years ago, there were frequent preparedness expos throughout the Country and the sale of preparedness book was brisk. The advent of a truly global disaster shut down the book stores, closed the venues for expositions, and made gatherings hazardous. At the same time the events of 2020 finally woke up vast portions of the population to the need for survival training and gear. It also reenergized existing prepper survival practitioners to renew their efforts and rebuild their networks. Live Free USA was forced to cancel it annual meeting and the Camp Independence event due to the closure of venues, but continued to publish information in American Survivor and on our website.
A Live Free group in Northwest Indiana had scheduled a small preparedness exposition and seminar for this September fifth at the Gary Sportsman Club. In Crown Point. As the effects of the pandemic and the restrictions took affect it was difficult to know how such an event could still be held, but positivity rates came down a bit and restrictions were modified enough to proceed. While indoor facilities were available, the weather was so nice that everything was moved outdoor where it was safer. Vendors used tents, kiosks, or just open tables. Classes were held in a large picnic shelter, and food was available from a vendor. For a small one-day regional event, this one was well attended and the level of support and participation was high. The Live Free USA table sold out almost all of its books and recruited a number of new members. We were especially gratified to see many veteran members returning to “active duty”. This small expo provided a good indication of the pent-up interest in survival training and literature. Now (at last) no one can deny the potential for massive disasters and the fragility of our society and support systems. All Live Free groups should plan now on sponsoring seminar’s, expos and other events in 2021. As the pandemic resides (we hope) we will face other looming threats to life and freedom that we must prepare our families and communities for. We will publicize all events in our newsletter, on our website and Facebook page.
Note: Human nature dictates that after a major disaster people tend to go into a period of apathy and false security. The reality is that another disaster or disasters is no less probable the day after than it was the day before the most recent event. Wishful thinking and the desperate need for “normalcy” can work against preparedness and common sense.