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Big Country Residents Among Many Who Prep For Catastrophic Events

A growing number of people in Abilene are asking "what if," readying themselves and their families for the unknown.<br>It's called "prepping" and you may have already seen it portrayed on reality television.<br>But even here in the Big Country there are those who just don't want to take any chances
Call them over-prepared,and they may call you naive.

They've got food, blankets and fuel. Enough to last twenty-five years.

Whatever you wish to call them, there are a growing number of people asking "what if?" and stocking up on emergency items, known as "prepping."

"You never know what's going to happen," says Taylor's Army Surplus manager Gary Rodriguez. "Then what happened in New York, that was the biggest thing".

At Taylor's Army Surplus, business is booming. And Rodriguez says those "preppers", who are portrayed on television as a bit into left field, are really your average joe's.

"You've got your bankers, your lawyers, just your average joes coming in and they're seeing what's happening and thinking its not a bad idea to stock up," said Rodriguez.

"Everyone in my family understands the need in it," says Breckenridge resident, Jay Walker.

Walker is a police officer who believes in prepping.He says while it can seem odd to some- it really makes sense.

"If you really listen to what they're saying," says Walker. "Not really the reasons why, but the what if this happened or whatever...It cant hurt."

From face masks to canteens, to dried food. It can all can get expensive.

But the "preppers" say it's worth it to have it all. Just don't buy it all at once.

"Maybe your sleeping bag another month, and some food another month, and just work five or ten dollars a paycheck," said Walker. "That's the best way to keep up with it."

Because to them, you can never be too prepared.
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