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8/20/2013 6:00:00 AM
Survivalist Expo at Tim's Toyota Center offers info and products to anticipate emergencies

Survivalists and preppers are not just extremists expecting Armageddon, but mostly "regular, middle class folks" interested in protecting their families in case of any emergency - from natural disasters like fire, earthquake and tornado to electronic malfunction, said Lance Baker.

Baker organized the Arizona Survivalist/Prepper Expo, which takes place from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

"Communities (governments) are espousing a preparedness mindset, because they realize if the lights go out, people will be turning to them for help and they don't have the logistics to do it," said Baker, whose day job is at Boeing in Mesa. "So we're serving that community."

Baker said after organizing three expos in the Valley and one in Tucson, he got calls from Williams, Ashfork, Prescott and others asking him to bring the show to northern Arizona.

"There are a lot of people off the grid in that area and into preparedness," he said.

Baker said 98 percent of the 168 businesses on his vendor distribution list are small Arizona concerns. As of Aug. 15, more than 80 vendors had signed up to display and sell products that help people in the event of emergency. Some are coming from California, Utah, Colorado, and even Minnesota.

"We're flooding into the lobby," he said.

Products such as: freeze dried food/MREs; water filtration, emergency medical and camping equipment; storage options; tactical and military surplus; survival gardening seeds; solar ovens; books; videos; and more, will be on display and for sale. Professional knife and scissor sharpening services also will be available.

"It's not a gun show; we have no guns or ammo," Baker noted, adding, "It's a lot of fun."

A special feature is the "Ultimate Bunker" a custom- built fall-out shelter from Salt Lake City, Utah.

A number of guest speakers are on the lineup. Free seminars will take place every 30 minutes at two speaking zones, at the top and bottom of the hour. Included are Arizonans Brian Moffatt and Tim Ralston from National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers, who also will film part of their new online series at the Expo, along with a team coming in from New York, Baker said.

"People worried about the economy are getting into Freedom Gardens, and raising rabbits and goats. We have a young man coming to talk about raising rabbits," Baker said. "People who don't have a lot of foodstuffs saved up come away from the show with the idea to put a little away."

Major sponsors of the expo are Saguaro Knives & Supply, Off the Grid Survival Gear and Independence Training.

Admission is $10. Ages 12 and under are admitted free. For more information, visit, call Lance Baker at 480-229-5691 or write to:

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Article comment by: Red Dee

All of you scoffers out there, go right ahead and scoff. When something happens, like our oil prices skyrocket when the Middle East completely explodes (are you not following what's going on in Egypt? in Syria? even in Turkey?), and our economy crashes because trucks stop rolling food and goods and merchandise into the local stores, don't come crying to the rest of us who have planned ahead and are prepared for just such a possibilty.

Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Article comment by: Kathy Svendsen

With increasing use of fossil fuel via fracking and pipelines crisscrossing the country, "sustainability" is the new buzz word in the scientific community. This is learning to adjust to radical changes in the climate. Instead of investing in renewable energy, our country is continuing down the path that got us here. You people who keep throwing out the word Solyndra are not doing any of us any favors.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: To Mr Oh my

Seems you're too new to Prescott to know about the snow storm of 1967. Otherwise you wouldn't be so quick to " snicker and guffaw ".

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Ben Burns

Hay you stick your head in the sand nay-sayers...we just had two major fires up here and I received the evac call. Because my family and I had prepared for such an event I didn't end up with my hand out waiting for someone else to take care of me. It's called taking personal responsibility for your-self. You’re the ones that become a liability for everyone else when a disaster hits. Go to Yarnell and spout your bilge…see how many agree with you.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Remember The Alamo

Spend $10 for the privilege to buy stuff? Get real.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Bunker Buster

@ Oh me! Oh my! Be afraid. Be very afraid
I am not sure if your being sarcastic or just another jack wagon who picked on people in school. You need to grow up a little and realize that for some this is a hobby, and for others it is a way of life. Nothing wrong with having a little extra supplies on hand in case something bad happens. If you disagree, ask the people who live in tornado alley, or along the east coast and deal with hurricanes. Here, it could be a wild land fire that destroys things. In case you have not noticed, the government won't help you. Just ask the folks in Yarnell, they have seen first hand how their tax dollars don't do a thing for them. Also, just in case you haven't noticed there is limited access to this area (hwy 89 and 69). Almost everything that comes to Preskit comes via truck. Hwy 89 was shut down in Yarnell for a few days, luckily 69 was still open. Imagine if there was a massive fire in Dewey, now your access comes from from I17 to I40 then to 89. This takes longer, costs more and might just increase panic from others. So again, nothing wrong with having a little extra stuff around just in case something happens. And besides, we all know not all aliens are green, just look at our President, he's an alien, of the illegal type.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: $10 is too much

If the event was free (like the home show), you would get a good turn out. I am afraid this will fail due to the $10 addmission. Too bad.

Let our local Obamanoids wait for FEMA in a crisis. Ask the people of Yarnell how that is working out for them.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: JohnParry Jones

Prepper vendors take advantage of the paranoid with sky high pricing on stuff you'll never need. And the quality is often questionable.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: Oh me! Oh my! Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Prescott and PV and Chino Valley are about to be invaded. That's right. Attacked by liberal government forces. No, this is not moronic paranoia. Obama and the Democrats and the little green Martians (are they green ?) will get you if you don't watch out! Or the electricity might fail. Or another flood like Noah's deluge. Or the sky might fall. Be ever vigilant. Snicker... Guffaw...

So dig yourself a hole, and get lots of guns, and a generator, and can goods, and a rabbit, and a goat, and a chicken or two. Plant a 'freedom' garden - whatever that is?

If there was ever more fertile ground than the quad-city area for such foolishness I don't know where it might be.

Spend you last few dollars at Mr. Baker's carnival.
He'll appreciate it.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: NO Way

No way I would spend $10.00 for something like that. It seems Paranoia reigns with the organizers of this event.

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Article comment by: off the grid

Lots of people a little more than off the grid in these areas. Promoters should make much bucks from these areas.

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