Just in case: Southern Preppers Convention coming to the Oxford Civic Center
When asked if she and her family are “preppers,” Darlene Harcrow pauses — but only for a moment, as if to catch her breath.
“No. Well, yes,” she says, laughing. “I mean we do prepare. But ‘prepper’ makes me think of those weirdos you see on TV getting ready for the end of the world. We don’t do that, but we want to be ready … just in case.”
“Preppers” are those preparing for the collapse of civilization, either manmade or by natural disaster, by stockpiling vast stores of supplies — everything from freeze-dried food and bottled water to weapons.
But the term, made popular by the top-rated National Geography Channel reality show “Doomsday Preppers,” has given preppers a bad name, conjuring up images of gas mask-wearing zealots with rifles slung over their shoulder hunkered down in secret bunkers waiting for the apocalypse.
Harcrow wants to make it clear, she’s not one of those “crazy” preppers. Her family doesn’t even have a bunker, but she and her large extended family have talked about an “alternative” security option — maybe “something underground.”
“If it gets bad, people will do whatever it takes to survive,” she said. “So we’d need a place to go. But it’s just talk. We’re not going full-on weird. We’re normal, everyday people who want to be prepared.
“Plus, there’s safety in numbers.”
Those of the same mind as Harcrow will converge on the Oxford Civic Center next weekend for the Southern Preppers Convention and Green Living Expo. The free event will feature vendors, giveaways — including a year’s supply of food — and guest speakers addressing every facet of the prepper lifestyle and environmental awareness.
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Black Blade: "Doomsday Preppers" is a joke. It is entirely staged and designed to make preppers/survivalists look crazy. It's not about the "end of the world" but about preparedness and self sufficiency as well as living off-grid for some.