Meet a true Oregon 'prepper'

BANDON, Ore. -- One year. That's how long Avery Horton says he can survive if disaster strikes.

"You can look at it this way. If nothing happens and you don't prepare, you're happy. If nothing happens and you're prepared, you're happy, but if something happens and you're not prepared, you're not gonna be very happy," says Horton.

That 'something' Horton is talking about could be any disaster -- from a terrorist attack, to natural elements, to divine apocalypse.

He thinks the most likely is an interruption of electrical power, but don't group him with those camo-clad "Doomsday Preppers" you see on TV.

"They're way on the extreme. We're more of the normal person that thinks ahead. So when we go to the store, instead of buying two, we buy three and have an extra on the shelf," Horton said.

He's not alone. There are about 50 members of the Southwestern Oregon Prepper group on Facebook, but Horton says many more Oregonians are 'preppers' by nature.
He says Oregon is a 'preppers' paradise. He moved here from Washington DC because the Oregon Coast isn't such a likely target.
"My friends thought I was crazy when I bought this place and moved out here. Then an event on Sept. 11, 2001 happened and all of a sudden I didn't seem so crazy anymore," Horton said.

In addition, low population, good farming climate, easy hunting and fishing, and an abundance of water make the Oregon Coast ideal for 'preppers'.

Although he wasn't expecting it, if the Mayans really were right, at least Horton would have been prepared.