There’s been a rise in prepper culture over the last decade. Preppers are people who stockpile food, water, weapons and other items for survival in the event of a major crisis. It’s turned into a boom industry. Just look to your TV for proof. There’s several prepper reality shows, such as Doomsday Preppers on the National Geographic Channel.
Ralph Broome has joined the industry. He’s the owner of what’s being described as Charlotte’s first store for preppers, Carolina Preppers and Survivors on South Boulevard. Inside, you’ll find all you need for doomsday: a variety of military clothing, bullet proof vests, guides on how to survive in the wilderness and how to make booby traps, even large drums for storing water. Broome is a Vietnam veteran, and in his camouflage pants he appears ready for the end of the world.