PrepperCon 2017: Why You Can’t Afford To Miss It

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When I am asked by preppers if it should be worth the time and price of admission to attend PrepperCon 2017, based on the standard of change effected due to attending past PrepperCon Expos, my answer is, “You can’t afford not to go.”

So don’t make any other plans, but prepare to attend this big preparedness event on April 21-22, in Salt Lake City, Utah. There is a lot to learn and discover at this preparedness event. You’ll find me there too, with a special Q&A session and you’ll have the opportunity to get your EMP survival question answered.

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ROI for the Survival Consumer

Just like most of you reading this article, I am a consumer of survival/self-reliance products and services, and my experience as a survival consumer is vast. Over the years, I have developed a simple rule of thumb to judge survival ROI (Return On Investment) for my hard-earned money and time:  Change Effected

Based on my investment, what change was effected? If I read a magazine and make a change or two to my personal survival/self-recovery kit as a result, then it was well worth the price of the magazine and the time it took to read it. If I made more than a couple of changes, then it was a great issue! If I read a magazine and no change is effected, it was a bust.

Whether the investment is a magazine or book, video or TV show, time engaged in social media or attending training, classes or an expo, the same formula holds true. Scaling the model up, as a result of the investment, did my gear, vision, relationships, situational awareness, habits, SOP, knowledge, ability or skills change?

Scaling it up some more, when major changes in vision, philosophy or relationships or trust occur, they can be life-changing. One of my most influential mentors used to say that, “trust is the one thing that changes everything.” I try to use this rule, when I write and provide services too. I ask myself how likely it is that what I am writing or teaching will effect change for my readers or clients in their emergency preparations, and I’m glad that so many of you appreciate it.

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Celebrities, Guests & Speakers

A neat thing about this event is that you can just walk right up to celebrities you have seen on TV and strike up a conversation. I have found that the celebrities have been surprisingly accessible. If you are shy, don’t be.

Celebrities are just people, just like you and they share your same interests. You may find that you have more in common that you imagined. If you would like to get to speak to a particular celebrity, author or expert, your best chance is early on Friday while many people will still be at work!

  • Salvador Alvarenga – This remarkable man survived an incredible 438 days at sea. You could read the book or you could meet him, hear his story and ask him questions is person! For those of you who cannot make it, I will be interviewing him for you!
  • Alan Kay – Meet the man you watched win Season 1 of Alone on the History Channel! He is also a long time survival, preparedness and self-defense instructor.
  • Nicole Apelian – Nicole is a favorite of Alone Season 2 fans and completed her doctorate in Sustainability Education with a focus on Cultural Anthropology. Nicole continues to visit the San Bushmen of Southern Africa whom she has worked with for many years to the end of preserving their culture and teaches primitive skills and herbal medicine based on her experiences.
  • David Holladay – For many city dwellers, most of their understanding of primitive survival comes from watching survival reality TV. David is an Expert Survival Instructor who has trained many of the most knowledgeable survival instructors on TV and countless others who are not. He’s also a very down to earth all-around great guy and an immensely talented educator.
  • Dave Wescott – Dave is an Expert Survival Instructor who owned the Boulder Outdoor Survival School and has hosted the nation’s premier primitive skills events for over 30 years. In the primitive skills world, David Holladay and Dave Wescott are living legends, both having worked with best selling author Larry Dean Olsen (Outdoor Survival Skills) based on primitive skills of the Paiute Tribe of Native Americans and helped to preserve these valuable skills.
  • Jeff Anderson – Survival & Modern Combat Instructor
  • Che Bodhi – Survival & Barter Expert
  • Chris Weatherman – Survival Author known as Angery American (Survivalist series of books), Alone
  • Yours Truly – I will be hosting Q&A classes on EMP Survival and covering the event for all of you who can’t make it.
  • A.R. Shaw – Author (The China Pandemic)
  • Kate Morris – Author (The McClane Apocalypse series of books)
  • Annie Berdel – Author (Alpha Farm, The Beginning)
  • Boyd Craven – Author (The World Burns series of books)

For Survivopedia Readers

I am excited to be hosting 2 question and answer sessions on EMP survival for Survivopedia at PrepperCon 2017!

Please come see me and get your EMP survival questions answered at the EMP Q&A with Cache Valley Prepper at PrepperCon 2017 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Class times will be 4:30-5:20pm on Friday the 21st and 12:30-1:20pm on Saturday the 22nd in Room 300C.

If you miss the class, stop by my table and say, “Hi!” if I’m there or flag me down if I’m running around covering the event and you’ll be among the few who get to put a face with the name : )

Classes/Education

PrepperCon 2017 boasts well over 120 classes, many of them taught by some of the very best instructors on the planet. Don’t confuse them with so many folks to whom survival is largely theoretical. These are typically vetted subject matter experts have actually been there and done that.

So many topics are being covered at this show that whatever your interest and skill level are, you sure to find classes or workshops that you will benefit from. As Expo’s go, this one is very interactive, education-heavy and focused on actually helping you to prepare for emergencies. Here are a few other highlights I find particularly interesting:

  • Record Castaway Survivor on Ocean 438 Days – Ben Hansen & Jose Salvador Alvarenga
  • Celebrity Panel: “Why Learn Primitive Survival Skills to Survive Modern Society?” – Alan Kay, David Holladay, David Wescott, Dr Nicole Apelian
  • Psychology of Survival – Alan Kay, Dr Nicole Apelian
  • Top 10 Lessons Learned from a Real World Disaster – Jeff Anderson
  • EDC/BOB for Individuals and Families – Alan Kay & Dr Nicole Apelian
  • Celebrity Panel: SHTF Talkin’ – Apocalypse Fiction Authors
  • Surviving Catastrophic Events – Simplified Severe Injury Treatment – Ed Hendershot
  • Emergency Childbirth – Raili Bjarnsen
  • Family Survival the Earthquake Tomorrow – Scott Thomas
  • Suturing – Dr David Pruett
  • Emergency Water Storage & Disinfection – Max Gyllensog – Aqua Mira (Max is a water quality engineer with too many certifications to list who has traveled to other countries to set up water treatment in major disasters)
  • Self-Protection – Unarmed, Hand, No Weapon, No Knife with Alan Kay

Products/Vendors

Vendors are the driving force behind any expo and legions of survival vendors competing against each other under the same roof creates a great environment for survival consumers to score show specials. PrepperCon 2017 will showcase some exciting new inventions and product offerings. While it can be fun to window shop online, it is nice to be able to see products with your own eyes, feel the quality, understand the dimensions without a ruler, heft them and have the ability to take them home if you choose. Some of the highlights, innovation and deals I am looking forward to are:

  • Scavenger Six – Multi-caliber Repeating Firearm Unveiled to the World – Tim Ralston
  • Tech Protect – Faraday Bags
  • Survival Medical – Exactly what it sounds like
  • 5.11 Tactical – Tactical Apparel
  • AMP-3 – Amateur Radio Gear & Medical
  • Aquamira Technologies
  • Backwoods Home Magazine – Amazing writers!
  • Zeus Lighters – USB-rechargeable Lighters that don’t use any fuel. Recharge from portable solar/USB battery pack
  • Plan B – Custom Surplus Trucks
  • Dillon Precision – Reloading Equipment

Entertainment Value

PrepperCon 2017 includes attractions for kids and even family members who maybe are not that into the whole survivalist scene. Creativity, entertainment value and fun are areas where PrepperCon stands apart from other survival expos.

The team of preppers who put on the event are enthusiastic about preparedness and have a healthy sense of humor about prepping which gives the event it’s unique personality and some fun family-oriented attractions:

  • PrepperFash Fashion Show
  • Hurricane Simulator – This is really cool!
  • Do You Dare Eat This – with prizes – David & Jill Holladay
  • Utah Search Dogs
  • Food Storage Cook-off with Wise Foods

I expect a lot from this event considering, and you shouldn’t miss it. Did you get your tickets yet?

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This article has been written by Cache Valley Prepper for Survivopedia. 

13 Things To Remember From PrepperCon 2016

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survivopedia preppercon 2016During the 70’s and 80’s the survival market could hardly support a magazine or two dedicated to the topic. Today, it seems like a new survival-related TV show is released every month.

And we have more than a dozen magazines, hundreds of blogs, websites, groups, and stores, some organizations with memberships numbering in the hundreds of thousands and now this emerging market has matured to the point that it has some great regional expositions.

This is great news if you are interested in survivalism or emergency preparedness, and attending expositions like PrepperCon has a lot to offer.

PrepperCon 2016, which was held in Utah, in mid-April, was larger than 2015 show, with more vendor booths, vendors that are household names, and more polished attractions. Here are a few of them.

1. Hurricane Simulator

After I arrived and held my first Q&A to answer reader and attendee questions about EMP, a couple people asked me if I had seen the Hurricane Simulator. Honestly, that was definitely not the first thing on my list because when I think of simulators at emergency preparedness expo’s I am used to seeing things more along the lines of high end dioramas for kids. I was very wrong.

As I approached, I saw a line near one of the emergency exits of the exhibit hall where some people were strapping on climbing-grade safety harnesses and putting on goggles and hearing protection. Once outside, some twisted minds took a shipping container and hooked up a 500hp air boat fan that was just slightly smaller than the inside of the shipping container and capable of pounding out 140mph winds.

Inside the simulator, victims’ safety harnesses were strapped to positions along a padded safety bar in front of the massive fan. A wind velocity sensor sent readings to a screen that told attendees how many miles per hour of wind was howling through the shipping container so they could attempt to reach the wind velocity matching the hurricane category they desired to experience.

Video first seen on Survivopedia.

Even with the safety equipment, many tapped out. I will spare you any wind-related puns and just say, it was amazing … an incredible and effective demonstration of the fury of hurricane-force winds.

I experienced a micro burst last fall on a beach of Lake Powell. It was probably only around 65-75mph but it was more than enough to put plenty of tents in the lake and flash floods from the storm resulted in the deaths of several hikers in a nearby slot canyon. PrepperCon’s hurricane simulator reminded me of the experience and is a great lesson for anyone who does not yet understand how damaging high winds can be.

2. Kyle Bell & His Son

Ben from the reality TV series Mountain Men struck me as respectful, humble, down to earth people and I think it is especially good for children to be able to meet people that the see on TV.

3. Ms America 2016 Julie Harmon

She gave a moving speech about the importance of family and emergency preparedness. Her sincerity toward the importance of the cause was evident and it is good for people to meet survivalists who defy the “doomsday prepper” stereotype in every way.

4. MilSim City

This shoot house gave attendees the opportunity to defend against a home evasion using paint rounds and realistic training arms. practice clearing homes or buildings

If you have not trained at this level before, I strongly recommend it. If you have, repetition in skill training is important.

5. Wild Edibles Presentation

World class primitive skills guru David Holladay fed competitors wild edibles and taboo menu choices to get them to tap out as he educated expo goers about edibles foods native to the area. Primitive skills guru David Holladay feeds blindfolde… wild ediblesAfter the class, students tried an array of foraged foods from Southern and Central Utah.

6. Midlife Survival Challenge

Four survivalists competed to win a pack full of survival gear. In the challenge, they ate raccoon, chose between poisonous and edible plants and started a fire with a hand drill.

The odds of taking home prizes in the competitions were very good because far more people choose to watch than to compete, so there are definitely some opportunities if you don’t mind competing in front of a crowd.

7. Vehicles, Trailers & Watercraft

I was surprised by the number and diversity of big ticket rolling stock offerings at the PrepperCon 2016. It is easy for businesses with a high average dollar sale to recoup their investment in a booth so it is obvious why you see them at survival expos.M900 Series Build at the Tuff Trucks BoothUrbanSurvivors Assault Vehiclevehicles2vehicles22What was surprising, and pleasantly so, was how many companies are offering survival-specific products. Hopefully we will start seeing more grey modular survival-specific vehicles and trailers soon.

8. Taster’s Choice Table

Have you ever wished you could taste food storage products before buying them in bulk? Being able to try long term storage foods before you buy them is very beneficial to us consumers so this was a good idea.

9. Faraday Cage by GTEK

This product Tim Ralston was demonstrating caught my attention because GTEK got features right that most companies do not. If you look at the photo of the product, you can see that there is no non-conductive rubber gasket, paint or coatings where the lid mates to the box. In an ammo can, these impede the flow of electrons through the skin of the Faraday cage, reducing effectiveness.

Heavy Duty Faraday Cage by GTEK

Also notice that mating surfaces are wide and precisely machined and that lid clamps in place for a tight seal. The box can also easily be locked and fixed inside a vehicle and many law enforcement agencies and departments are doing just that.

10. Knife Fighting Competition

Competitors paid $15 to Urban Survivors to stab and slash their way through opponents with paint knives. The winner took home an engraved sword.

Carrying a knife does not make you a knife fighter. Competitions like this induce stress on the participants, which is helpful because it simulates some of the physiological reactions we experience when we are in danger.

Knife Fighting Competition

They also get people thinking about that little piece of metal they carry every day. If that leads to seeking out competent instruction that involves cutting on analogs like pig carcasses, then it is making people safer.

11. Children’s Tsunami Tank

As you can see in the image, the tank was an effective interactive display where children could visualize the impact of a tsunami on a city by generating waves.

Children's Tsunami Tank12. National Guard Rock Wall

PrepperCon 2016 was full of opportunities to practice skills or learn new ones and the towering rock wall that the National Guard set up was a good example of that.

13. Survival Cooking Cook-Off

This was a novel idea. Many people have food storage, but have few or no recipes that use only long term food storage.

Events like this, take participants through the process of using food storage or other preparations and that is very helpful in discovering things were left out.

 

This article has been written by Cache Valley Prepper for Survivopedia.

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