By DeWayne Bartels
East Peoria Times-Courier
Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 09:26 AM
East Peoria, Ill. —
In the Greater Peoria Area, planning for the apocalypse is easier than getting people to recognize one is coming.
That is the assessment of Shannon Keith, leader of the Peoria Preppers, a group dedicated to being prepared for the next natural disaster, financial meltdown or war on our soil.
Keith made this assessment as he shook his head in disappointment.
It was May 30. He sat in the Hardee’s in East Peoria looking at five other people. One was a reporter, another his friend, Kevin Gillick, and three strangers.
Keith hoped for a bigger turnout, but has resigned himself to the fact that he has an uphill climb in growing his group.
“There are a lot of urban ‘Preppers’ but Peoria is tough,” Keith said. “People around here don’t want to change their…
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