WildIndianaVideo stopped by the Indianapolis Preparedness Expo on December 3 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
The Preparedness Expo is geared toward helping people who want to be ready for both the common and extraordinary emergencies that happen in life. With everything from custom knives to gardening books on display, every facet of emergency preparedness was on display in the vendor booths. There were no firearms allowed for sale.
In addition to the vendors, the expo had two seminar rooms where attendees could take in lectures throughout the day. Topics include the science and art of shelter construction, healthy living, food storage, basics of body armor and essential oils for emergency preparedness
One interesting (or actually non-interesting) facet of the expo was the crowd. Though the concepts of “preparedness” and “preppers” have many connotations and are often used as a term of derision by the mass media, the crowd was a representative sample of Central Indiana residents including many families, woman and children. Overall, aside from a few unusual items such as Geiger counters and colloidal silver kits, the scene appeared to be an ordinary craft or hobby show at the fairgrounds.
In other words, the decidedly unremarkable crowd wouldn’t fit any stereotype of a “survivalist” group. Politics were seldom discussed and the crowd had a decidedly “live and let live” feel and attitude. If you are interested in attending and learning more about this important topic, don’t let any preconceived notions or semi-hysterical media reports stop you.
The Preparedness Expo continues today in the Horticulture Building at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from 9am until 4pm with seminars starting at 9:45 a.m. Admission is $12, children are $5.
Indianapolis Preparedness Expo website