'Preppers' lay in supplies to be ready -- just in case

Posted: August 14, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Ken Uptegrove is the founder of ArkHaven, a website that chronicles his beliefs about religious “prepping” — preparing for survival in the event of a disaster or world cataclysm. He moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1985 to live on a blueberry farm because he believes the region is the safest place in case of a disaster.

Robert Steadward is always on edge. At restaurants he angles his chair toward the door so he can watch who goes in and out, he hoards firearms in case a government collapse causes the need for protection, and he has an escape plan if natural disaster makes Fort Smith unlivable.

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