Photographs by David Gottschalk
Ken Uptegrove is the founder of ArkHaven, a website that chronicles his beliefs about religious “prepping” — preparing for survival in the event of a disaster or world cataclysm. He moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1985 to live on a blueberry farm because he believes that region is the safest place in case of a disaster.
Originally published August 13, 2017 at 03:35a.m., updated August 14, 2017 at 04:30a.m.
Robert Steadward is always on edge. At restaurants he angles his chair toward the door so he can watch who goes in and out, he hoards firearms in case a government collapse causes the need for protection, and he has an escape plan if a natural disaster makes Fort Smith unlivable.
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