ST. LOUIS, Mo. – In the last year, only one survival expo has gained the reputation as the “big one,” and it’s coming back for more. Starting Sept. 17, the Gateway 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 St. Charles 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 has declared September as National Preparedness Month, and for good reason.”
All across the nation, natural and man-made disasters take Americans by surprise all each year. Just last month, flash flooding trapped drivers on a major interstate highway in Louisiana for two days without food and water. In California, 80,000 people were evacuated because of wildfires. And at press time, Hurricane Hermine was bearing down on Florida that guarantees extensive electric utility outages, if not worse.
With everyday disasters in mind, attendees of the Gateway 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 St. Louis 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, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. and runs till 5 p.m. And again, Sunday, Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A one-day ticket costs $12, while a two pass can be purchased for $20. 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.