Are you afraid the country will erupt into mayhem on November 9th? Some of your neighbors are. According to manufacturers of emergency "survival food," sales are booming as fearful Americans prepare for the worst possible post-election scenarios.
Though elections and natural disasters have historically driven up purchases of "long term food," this year's sales are unprecedented, NBC News reports. According to Keith Bensemer, the vice president of marketing for survival food company My Patriot Supply, sales have tripled in the lead-up to the election. The company's sales doubled in anticipation of the 2012 election, but Bansemer says that this cycle is unlike anything they've experienced before, noting: "We have everyone we can on the phones... we are overwhelmed."
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Purchases of these products, which are typically freeze-dried or dehydrated and sold by the plastic bin or bucket, are being driven by groups of "survivalist" consumers anticipating post-election chaos including riots, financial collapse and perhaps widespread power outages.