The so-called preppers are stocking up on food and water and other emergency preparedness items. In Utah, they range from people who like to be prepared, to those who believe things are about to get worse.
Business is booming at Grandma's Country Foods in Sandy. Craig Fairclough says the growth is partly due to recent devastating tornadoes, but he says many are stocking up because of uncertainty. "We anticipate sales will go higher due to the political unrest and economic problems."
Grandma’s Country Foods sells items that range from powdered milk, to freeze dried fruit, dehydrated meats and honey. They are items Eileen Sewell already has at home. "We need to be self reliant."
Scott Bishop admits he has taken self reliance to a new level. He says he would be considered a prepper. Bishop believes the U.S. is on the brink of something bad. "There's a number of things that we prepare for, financial collapse, which affects every single part of our lives. I think we have the potential for natural disasters at any time." If those disasters happen, Bishop says his family is ready. "We have several rooms in our home that are piled with various items of preparedness."
Kim Pederson does not consider herself a prepper; just prepared. Her cold storage is stocked with boxes of items her six children will eat. "It's peace of mind I think. The first thing that comes to mind is the natural disasters."
Pederson says being prepared for the future also helps her prepare for everyday. She says it encourages meal planning, and that leads to fewer trips to the grocery store. Pederson says much of what she needs for daily food preparation is already in the house.” I have noticed that with food storage I don't have to go to the store as much."
She says buying in bulk, and having items on hand, also saves money on the grocery bill. In a tight economy that's another reason millions of Americans are changing unused space into a food and water safety net.
Bishop says he may never have to use his emergency stash but he sleeps better at night knowing it’s there. “It’s better to be prepared and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”