KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The “Game Plan Experts” and the “Game Plan Expo” are incredibly normal sounding titles for a business catering to the survival and preparedness market. But, that’s exactly what Shawn Tipping and Bob Harris wanted when they launched the business just over a year ago.
In the modern preparedness world, not tilting to the tin foil hat crowd is a radical concept. It’s also a concept that seems to work.
“We know there is real value to addressing emergency preparedness without making it about zombies or the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it,” said Harris, Game Plan Experts co-founder.
Next weekend, for the first time ever, residents in the surrounding Kansas City community will experience another incredibly normalized version of preparedness – the Game Plan Expo.
“The goal of the Game Plan Expo is to educate families, businesses and organizations about simple steps to avoid catastrophes that take place on a seasonal basis, or on a personal basis,” said Tipping, a company co-founder. “Of course, we know no one will ignore the existential threats that face the world, like North Korea.”
This “new” approach is working.
What, no Doomsday Prepper??
The response to their work is more than respectable considering they don’t use a single gas-mask or tactical reference in the company’s advertisements and pitches to potential sponsors for their expo.
That is, if you consider 63 expo sponsors, vendors and exhibitors respectable.
“Honestly, the desire of major organizations to be a part of this event surprised us,” said Tipping. “The overwhelming response from organizations that deal with emergencies every day make this a valuable event for families and individuals.”
Major disaster relief organizations continue to sign on as sponsors and educators in response to the Game Plan Experts philosophy.
“Citizens need a much-needed, common-sense approach to emergency planning that’s not ‘Doomsday Preppers’ paranoid,” Harris added.
The Game Plan Expo takes place Oct. 7-8 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Kansas City.
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Virginia Expo News
If you’re on the East Coast, SGK Emergency Prepper Expos will launch a new, hands-on approach in Doswell, Va., Oct. 21-22.
It is not just an expo. SGK created a hands-on “prepper festival.” Visitors will build fires in the “fire starter workshop.” They can win prizes in a combination event where they build a survival shelter and compete in a scavenger hunt. And, they can learn survival evasion and escape skills by playing capture the flag games.
Other workshops will teach basic survival skills, including fire starting, water treatment, first aid, compass navigation, knot tying, and lashing.
The Great Lakes
Saturday in Birch Run, Mich., the Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo kicks off its one day affair.
Held at the Birch Run Expo Center, attendees can learn rescue signaling, bugging out on a bicycle, and more.
Products for all things preparedness will be on sale, as will many demonstrations.
The hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30.
For a complete list of the remaining 2017 preparedness expos all around the country, click here.