Six months ago, Jim Wiseman didn't even have a spare nutrition bar in his kitchen cabinet.There is a photo of the guns one of them own, but no mention of guns in the article.
Now, the 54-year-old businessman and father of five has a backup generator, a water filter, a grain mill and a 4-foot-tall pile of emergency food tucked in his home in the expensive San Diego suburb of La Jolla.
Wiseman isn't alone. Emergency supply retailers and military surplus stores nationwide have seen business boom in the past few months as an increasing number of Americans spooked by the economy rush to stock up on gear that was once the domain of hardcore survivalists.
These people snapping up everything from water purification tablets to thermal blankets shatter the survivalist stereotype: they are mostly urban professionals with mortgages, SUVs, solid jobs and a twinge of embarrassment about their newfound hobby.
Still, it is good to know that people are waking up to the fact that Katrina wasn't all that much of a fluke. Andrew was also a disaster and FEMA - under Clinton - also failed to get much done in a hurry. [via KABA]