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Northwestern Chicago Survival Expo In Grayslake On March 18-19

Any Chicagoland readers interested in attending a local prepper/survival expo next month? I spotted the following on the RK Prepper Shows website this cold Friday morning:

Northwestern Chicago Survival Expo

Tickets Now on Sale!

Are you ready for a natural disaster? Could you survive for days, weeks or months without power? If you have thought about what it means to prepare for the worst, the RK Prepper Shows Survival Expo is for you. Vendors will be on-site March 18th-19th at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, IL. Long term food storage, solar power, bug-out kits, tactical gear and so much more will be available to purchase.

Hours:

Saturday Hours: 9-5pm
Sunday Hours: 9-4pm

Tickets:

Adults: $12, VIP: $14.50 – no line, no wait
Kids: $5, VIP: $7.50 – no line, no wait…

A “Medical Preparedness Workshop” headed-up by two authorities in the field of survival medicine will also be held in conjunction with the event:

Medical Preparedness Workshop*

Learn how to provide complete wound care with hands-on suture training, as well as stapling with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, medical preparedness experts from http://www.doomandbloom.net/.

*Extra Charge, class limited to 30, does not include tickets to the Prepper Show…

Joe Alton, M.D. (“Dr. Bones”) and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., (“Nurse Amy”) are authors of the Amazon “Best Seller” The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way, now in its second edition.

I own a copy myself. It’s chock-full (588 pages) of terrific information for dealing with most medical issues one might face in a survival situation.

Interested in checking out the Northwestern Chicago Survival Expo? Head on over to the RK Prepper Shows website here for more information.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Posting of information about survival expos and instruction is not to be construed as being a recommendation from this blog and its editor, unless specifically indicated. I am not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented herein.)

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Friday, February 3rd, 2017 Emergencies, Energy, Food, Gear, Health, Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Supplies, TEOTWAWKI, Training Comments Off on Northwestern Chicago Survival Expo In Grayslake On March 18-19

Indiana Prepper & Survival Expo To Be Held May 2-3 In Valparaiso

Chicago-area blog readers- I know of two preparedness/survival-related shows planned for May next door in Indiana. The first of these is the Indiana Prepper & Survival Expo, billed as the “largest preparedness and sustainable living event in Indiana.” From the Prepper Shows USA website:

INDIANA PREPPER & SURVIVAL EXPO
Porter County Expo Center
Valparaiso, Indiana
May 02 – May 03

Live Free USA is proud to announce the first major preparedness expo in NW Indiana since the 1980s. This event affords the opportunity for regional vendors to display and sell their products and services. Preparedness and self-reliance practitioners will be able to purchase a wide variety of equipment while building their skills and networking with like-mined families. A full schedule of speakers on disaster preparedness, emergency response, and sustainable living will be available.

A “Meet up Tent” will afford great ways to network or join regional groups. A farmers market will also be on-site.

Live Free USA has worked hard to bring this event to NW Indiana. We will have major exhibits and speakers there and opportunities to join and attended additional events and training.

For full information go to: WWW.Wisconsinpreppersexpo.com
or call 920-573-5903

There’s a typo in that website address. The expo website is actually located here.

The event also has a Facebook page, where I learned admission is free.

I’ll talk about that second Indiana prepper show tomorrow…

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 Emergencies, Gear, Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, TEOTWAWKI, Training Comments Off on Indiana Prepper & Survival Expo To Be Held May 2-3 In Valparaiso

RK Shows Prepper Show At Indiana State Fairgrounds On April 18-19

Monday afternoon I got the chance to poke around Prepper Shows USA some more and spotted an event three hours away in Indiana in a little less than three weeks from now. From the website:

RK Shows Prepper Show
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Indianapolis, Indiana
Apr 18 – Apr 19

100’s of tables of survival and preparedness gear. Seminars held daily by experts.

$2.00 admission discount to PrepperShowsUSA members. 10% space discount to PrepperShowsUSA members.

Time
Saturday 9-6 Sunday 9-4

PHONE: 563-917-8176
WEBSITE: www.rkshows.com

Address
1202 E 38th St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46205

Contact
RK Shows
Phone: 563-917-8176
Email: rkshows@yousq.net

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

For more information about the expo, you can visit the R.K. Shows, Inc. website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo To Be Held In Birch Run, Michigan, On April 11

This week, I plan to get a jump on blogging about April survival-related training in the Chicago area. But before I begin, here’s an educational opportunity two weekends from now some local readers might decide is worth the road trip. From the Prepper Shows USA website:

The Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo is back again! The show will be on April 11, 2015 at the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, MI. This show is full of survival gear, options for living off the grid, self-sustainability, farming, alternative energy, literature and much more! Our exhibitors will have many products for sale and there will be speakers who are experts in their field there to share their knowledge. The show is FREE to the public and a must-attend for anybody looking for ways to keep their home and family safe, from those new to preparedness to hardcore prepping enthusiasts…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I understand a second Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo is planned for Erie, Pennsylvania, on May 9. For more information about either event, you can visit their website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Resource Of The Week: PrepperShowsUSA

One last thing about prepper conventions/expos before I call it a week.

What’s a good way of finding one?

I spotted a comprehensive, regularly-updated list of them on a website entitled PrepperShowsUSA (PrepperShowsUSA.com), “Your Headquarters for Prepper, Survivalist and Self-Reliance Shows.”

From that website’s home page:

PrepperShowsUSA is the #1 resource for survivalist shows, self-reliance shows, and prepper shows across the United States. Find complete and accurate information about 2014 prepper show dates/schedules, show locations, venues, ticket pricing, promoter and exhibitor information and much more…

The site does provide a good deal of information for each event. For example, when one brings up the P4P Expo scheduled to take place in Pomona, California, from June 21 to 22, viewers are given a description of the exposition:

At the P4P Expo, families can explore self-reliance, enjoy numerous seminars and demonstrations, learn survival skills, and find the newest products, supplies and resources needed to sustain and protect your family in the event of a natural or man-made disaster…

Along with a website address and plenty of contact information.

For those not wanting to keep checking the website for new events, there’s a “Newsletter & Alerts” section where one can sign up and be sent updates on upcoming shows.

(Editor’s note: I tried the sign-up feature earlier today, but don’t think I was successfully registered. Truth be told, my laptop has been incredibly batty this week and it could just be me.)

For those putting together one of these events, PrepperShowsUSA will allow organizers to submit and list them for free.

Been wanting to attend a prepper/survivalist convention or expo? Find one that appeals to you over at the PrepperShowsUSA website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Friday, April 11th, 2014 Emergencies, Gear, How To, Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Resource Of The Week, SP Resources, Supplies, TEOTWAWKI, Training Comments Off on Resource Of The Week: PrepperShowsUSA

National Geographic Channel’s ‘Selling Survival’ Web Series

I’m about two weeks away from reintroducing the “In Print” series of posts on Survival And Prosperity. In the meantime, other material will be substituted in its place.

Today, I’ll be blogging about a National Geographic Channel web series that’s related to their highly-rated Doomsday Preppers TV show and which a number of readers may be interested in watching- particularly if they’re curious about prepper/survivalist expos like me and/or the latest innovations.

Enter Selling Survival.

From its web page on the Nat Geo Channel website:

Join Doomsday Preppers casting director Brooklyn Bagwell as she travels to some of the biggest prepper events in the country. Meet preppers, inventors, survivalists, and specialists as they showcase their must-have doomsday products and gear. From martial arts training to firing her first gun (an AR-15!), driving a bonafide bug-out-vehicle, and everything in between, she’s experiencing it all. And each week, she’ll be sharing her journey first-hand for anyone curious enough to wonder what goes on inside the world of prepper expos.


“Meet Brooklyn Bagwell”
YouTube Video

There are 15 short episodes of a couple minutes each uploaded on the National Geographic Channel website. I saw the first 11 episodes shortly after the series debuted- and finished up watching the remaining 4 installments this afternoon.

The content of Selling Survival was interesting, particularly as I’ve never gone to one of these conventions. The innovative gear and products that were introduced blew my mind at times- so much so I’ve jotted down some of them for further research. And Ms. Bagwell was a stellar pick by Nat Geo to host the series. Why? She’s pretty much a “newbie” to all this preparedness stuff, leading to concepts and function being explained more carefully and clearly (to the benefit of series viewers).

Still, there’s only so much you can fit into a couple of a minutes. I really wish episodes were quite a bit longer.

Overall, the web series was interesting (several times I thought to myself “now that is cool”), somewhat brainless viewing (don’t expect to be imparted with any “meaningful” knowledge watching this- although a couple of ideas did pop into my head). Yet fun, which Brooklyn Bagwell brought to the table.

For more information on Selling Survival– and to watch the 15 episodes- go to its area on the National Geographic Channel website here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Latest New York Times Article On Preppers

“It would be easy to assume that a prepper convention would be peopled with right-wing zealots with a taste for guns and gold, or what survivalists like to call ‘the bullet-and-bullion set.’ But while there was one man standing at a booth handing out business cards for Operation American Spring, a movement to impeach President Obama, there was also a countervailing element of organic gardeners, homeopathic healers and publishers selling books on the commercial uses of hemp…”

-Alan Feuer, The New York Times website, April 6, 2014

Yesterday I came across an article about the third annual National Preppers and Survivalists Expo- a 2-day event focusing on the preparedness, self reliance, supplies and survival skills that are crucial when a catastrophe strikes- on the website of The New York Times.

It was an interesting piece by Alan Feuer, who also wrote “The Preppers Next Door” for the Times back in January 2013.

I blogged back on January 31 of last year:

I was all prepared to read a hack job about modern survivalism, but came away impressed by Alan Feuer’s effort.

This could have something to do with the fact that Feuer himself is a prepper…

“Capitalism of Catastrophe” also seemed to be quite fair.

Which may be surprising to some.

As I mentioned in that January 31 post:

Articles by mainstream journalists in which preppers aren’t portrayed as somewhat to full-blown kooky are few-and-far-between…

You can read Feuer’s April 6 article here on the Times’ website.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Is This What A Prepper Expo Is Really Like?

Speaking of preparedness/survival-themed events tonight, I have to ask readers- has anyone ever been to one of these prepper/survivalist expos or conferences?

I haven’t, but would like to one of these days.

I recently read what seemed like an insightful article on these gatherings on the Fortune magazine website. David Morris wrote back on November 11:

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.

An array of preparedness expos and conferences have cropped up around the country to serve this emerging and fast-changing market…


“Learning to survive: Arizona Survivalist Prepper Expo comes to Tucson”
YouTube Video

I wanted to bring up the Fortune article because I thought not only might you be interested in reading it, but also because I wanted to know if the author’s experience isn’t uncommon.

For example, Morris added in his piece:

At the end of my conversation with John Egger about the rise of “suburban homesteading,” a man with a white shock of hair interjected himself into the conversation. “You know what chemtrails are?” he asked, referring to another conspiracist trope that sees chemical tampering in jetstream vapor trails. “They’re changing the weather, then selling drought tolerant seeds. George Soros and Bill Gates are behind it.” Egger nodded politely and smiled, tolerant of a potential customer’s eccentricities.

“Conspiracist trope”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but weren’t certain people saying the same thing about talk that the U.S. government was spying on its own law-abiding citizens, not to mention those of other nations?

You can read the entire Fortune article on their website here. And please feel free to chime in about your day/weekend at a prepper expo or something similar.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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