For many preppers, preparation doesn’t necessarily mean fear.

January 29, 2021, 7:35 a.m.

Jesse Irwin

Posted: Jan 29, 2021 7:35 am

Updated: January 29, 2021, 9:50 am

“Let’s say the power went out. An EMP or a solar flare coming in. Then you don’t want anything, ”predicts Dwayne Convirs. “How are you going to support your family? How will you feed yourself “

Doomsday preppers. Usually, while preparing for the worst, their intentions are for the best.

Over the past 31 years, Dwayne Convirs has become the prepper of the prepper here in Wyandotte, Oklahoma.

“There are different events like the year 2000 that shock people and then they start to think about it,” he says. “When 9/11 happened it was a really scary year for people who were scared to death like, ‘What’s next?'”

However, it’s not just during these moments of fear that Surplus business like Dwayne’s Many customers see the door for the first time.

“It happens every day. Because as soon as they start to worry about “Well, this could happen”, they talk to family members and think they are insane. So they come in and kind of feel me out, and it’s a natural reaction. Next thing you know, they come in regularly and want to talk about things. I am happy to share my knowledge. I feel like it is my duty to do this. “

There he sees it as an opportunity to be proactive and not paranoid.

Sure, it might help in the case of the most unlikely doomsday scenarios, but Dwayne reminds us that it can also prepare for the ones we see every year and those we never see coming.

“We want to encourage people to be as self-reliant as possible,” says Keith Stammer, Emergency Management Director for the city of Joplin. “It differs from person to person.”

Stammer tells us that his office encourages people to think about everyday situations like floods, fires and weather events.

“And think in 72-96 hours,” he says. “To have enough supplies of food, water, medicine, clothing, radio and batteries. For that period because it’s about how long it will take us to organize and find out what happened to us, what we can do about it, and who we can bring here to help.

While the preppers in Dwayne’s world choose to keep a slightly larger supply, he tells us that his time in the military was when he learned how valuable these basic items can be.

“You have never seen poor people until you came to areas like this – Central America is extremely poor. It shows you how easy life can be when you only have a few things. “

Show how much preparation can mean so much.

“I would think in your soul, you just feel the need,” says Convirs. “You only know in your stomach that you should prepare. That’s the way it is. “

Click here for information on Joplin City Emergency Preparedness.