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Largest survival expo in country comes to the Ozarks

Get Prepared Expo focuses on survival and preparedness techniques

April 06, 2013|Lauren Pozen, KSPR News Reporter | lpozen@kspr.com

LEBANON, MO. - It is billed as the largest survival expo in the country and it is happening in the Ozarks. This is the fourth year for the Get Prepared Expo.

The two day event attracts all kinds of people looking to learn survival and preparedness techniques from experts in the field. 

"The ability to look and see what's available. Get ammo. Hopefully the ammo I am looking for and get some ideas for survival and defending the home," says Charles Moser who attended the expo on Saturday. .

Over 120 exhibits of local vendors are here and specialize in everything from survival and preparedness to guns.

Zach Terhark owns Eagle Armory in Springfield. A nationwide shortage is causing the product he sells, to fly off shelves.


"As soon as I get something, it is about gone same day or the next day. It is really difficult to get it," says Terhark.

He tells customers not to go overboard when stocking up on ammunition.

"That is part of the reason this is all happening. People start panicking and they buy more than they need," he says.

Don Anderson went to the expo with his sons. He says being prepared is easier said then done.

"We learned through the ice storm a few years ago just how unprepared we were and you go through things--- like we didn't have power," says Anderson.

Now that Anderson is here, he can learn how to keep the lights on with products that do not require batteries, bulbs or electricity. Whether it be an ice storm, tornado or something else, experts say education is key to being prepared.

"You want to talk to people and tell them that there is a product out there and they feel safe," says President of Missouri Storm Shelters, Karen Olson.

Last year, about 12,000 people attended. Organizers are expecting about the same amount this year. It is put on by local resident Vincent Finelli. Finelli does a weekly radio show about prepping.

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Get Prepared Expo runs through Sunday at the Civic Center in Lebanon. Admission is $10 dollars.

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