CINCINNATI, Ohio. – Starting this Saturday, the third largest city in Ohio will be home to one of the largest prepper expos in the Midwest.
For the second year in a row, the Cincy Preparedness Expo will kick off two days of exhibitions, presentations, and demonstrations intended to teach attendees what they need to survive and thrive during an emergency.
Held in the Sharonville Convention Center, the expo will feature more than a dozen speakers discussing, and demonstrating, a wide array of topics, including survival medicine, essential oils, disaster preparedness, emergency clothing, self defense and emergency food preparation.
“When people think of preparedness, preppers or survivalists, a lot of images come to mind. Unfortunately, most people think of prepping as something extreme, which is the furthest thing from the truth,” said Dan O’Hara, expo producer and president of Dano Productions. “Even the Federal government declared September as National Preparedness Month, and for good reason.”
All across the nation, natural and man-made disasters take Americans by surprise each year.
At press time, Hurricane Matthew was expected to become a Category 4 storm that will cause devastation along the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Approximately two months ago, other fast-moving natural disasters struck huge areas across the nation. Massive flooding in Louisiana trapped drivers on a major interstate highway for two days without food and water, while destroying tens of thousands of homes. In California, 80,000 people were evacuated because of wildfires. And Florida cleaned up after Hurricane Hermine.
With everyday disasters in mind, attendees of the Cincy Preparedness Expo will enjoy the opportunity of trying and buying products from vendors. Tactical gear, heirloom seeds, homesteading equipment, emergency food and medical supplies, and more will be available.
“Even if people in the Cincinnati region feel like they are prepared, it’s worth attending this expo because of the innovations and training options. As a family man, I’m always looking for better ways to keep my family safe and ready for any situation,” said O’Hara.
The expo opens Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. and runs till 5 p.m. And again, Sunday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A one-day ticket costs $15, while a two pass can be purchased for $25. Children 12 and under enter free. Discount tickets are available for veterans, active military, law enforcement officers and first responders.
Parking is free and the admission price includes all seminars except the Sunday survival medicine suture class.