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World tensions prompt stock ups on survival gear

Posted at 11:40 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-15 02:40:08-04

North Korea, Syria, Russia and who knows what else is out there?

It is a worrisome world and some people are not going to sit and wait for a crisis to overwhelm them.

When Evelyn puts together a tent, food, and a way to make a fire she may have more than camping in mind.       

“I think anybody who's watching TV can be concerned about the events in the world. And my personal philosophy is if we've prepared we don't have to be afraid of it."

She comes to places like Miller’s Surplus for supplies for everything from natural disaster to an attack on our country.

Evelyn says she grew up on a farm, likes to feel self sufficient and thinks people from a hundred or 150 years ago would look at our world and wonder why we're not better prepared.

She says, “The sense of self reliance and being able to take care of ourselves is something that's been lost in our civilization."

Miller’s Surplus salesman Marcos De La Rosa says, “We get people from all sorts of walks of life; everybody from your day hikers up to hard line, bunker-owning survivalists."

De La Rosa says when North Korea cranked up world tensions more customers came in.

"We're seeing a lot more of the packs, ammo cans for sure and gas masks are a huge one.  You see a surge of people whenever something like that happens.  Particularly like these last two weeks have just been a spike for your average survivalist coming in here."

Evelyn doesn't think she'll need her survival skills and gear tomorrow but she looks at history and is not optimistic.

"There is so much anger and there's so much hatred that who know where that is going to be directed.  The way I see it is that if I am prepared, if something bad happens, if the Red Cross has to come in, they can help my neighbor. I can help my neighbor."

And she says if she's prepared resources will go farther for people who aren't.