Nuclear worries making "preppers" of some

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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) Paul Lessard's regular customers at the Prep and Save store on Linda Way in Sparks include campers, hunters, and homeowners who just want to have a first aid kit handy, and the serious survivalist or 'prepper' who wants to be ready for whatever the future holds.

"It all depends whatever is on the news how many customers I get in in a day."

And Tuesday night's headlines were all about North Korea, its nuclear capability and tough talk between Pyongyang and the President. It brought some nervous people to Lessard's front door.

"The people I've seen in the past 24 hours are scared because they know that guy over there is crazy. He'll hit the button if he thinks it will help him out."

Inside they found long-term food supplies. Water storage tanks. He's got package deals for a month's supply or a year.

There's also tactical gear for those inclined, first aid kits, generators, solar ovens.

Big sellers at the moment are solar-powered emergency radios.

Lessard notes that a nuclear attack wouldn't have to result in devastating damage to be a serious threat. An electro-magneting pulse from a warhead could disable the power grid.

"Guess what? You're going to be on your own for a long time. So you need to get something in your house."

In the past 24 hours, many were leaving with radiation pills.

"We sell gas masks with nuclear and biological filters on them. We had a few people buy those today."

If all this sounds like an overreaction, Lessard says the people buying these supplies aren't apocalyptic doomsayers. They are--he says--your neighbors who just want to be ready.

"It's your responsibility to be prepared for an emergency. Not the government. Not some aqency. It's your sole responsibiity. That's why people are coming in."

For those who ask--and many do--his advice for a starting point is two weeks of food and water and a good first aid kit.