How nuclear attack fears are boosting business at survival stores
EXCERPT: Los Angeles Daily News
Jeff Daquila’s customers have snatched up the water supplies and freeze-dried foods on sale at his San Pedro surplus store, normally purchased in anticipation of the next big earthquake or a lengthy power outage.
Daquila has more gas masks, military-style ready-to-eat meals and water storage canteens on order as some residents across Southern California prepare for the worst. Customers at surplus and survival stores have peppered store owners with questions about what to buy, including pills to take to prevent radiation poisoning and bomb shelters.
David Smith, the manager at Major Surplus & Survival on Alondra Boulevard just east of Figueroa Street east of Harbor Gateway, said his store — which, like Daquila’s, sells military tactical gear, MREs, camping gear and survival equipment — has had customers asking about gas masks and potassium iodine pills, which help block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland.
Some people are so worried about a nuclear attack they’ve asked surplus store owners what they need to prepare.