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Wholesaler of Disaster Preparation and Survival Products Hits Eye of the Storm


WESTMINSTER, CA -- With an exponential increase in natural disasters and terrorism in recent years, many Americans have been turning to the disaster and survival markets for products geared towards planning and preparation. As a result, a company based in Southern California has seen a dramatic spike in inquiries and orders from resellers, retailers and the general public.

Mayday Industries, Inc., is a leading manufacturer and wholesaler of disaster and emergency products, specializing in a wide variety of items for hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, terrorism and other related events.

“Our business has doubled over the past year,” said John Tepel, president and founder of the company.

“After the September 11 attacks, we really saw an increase in demand. It steadily grew after the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina,” he added.

Tepel began the business out his living room 14 years ago and has since become the number one supplier in the survival product industry. Internet sales from resellers have swelled and the company estimates 80% of all web-based orders for survival products go through Mayday Industries.

“This has been our best year of business because people are feeling less safe than ever before,” noted Tepel.

The company stocks hundreds of disaster preparedness items and specializes in customized emergency kits to fit any customer’s need. The most popular kits typically supply a person for 3 days and have a 5 year shelf life, ranging anywhere between $5.00 and $250.00. Critical items such as water, food rations and lighting are included.

Tepel, who is an advocate for disaster preparedness says that everyone should have an emergency plan in place before a disaster threatens or strikes.

“This industry is like the life insurance industry -- everyone runs out and buys the insurance after a friend dies,” he said.

“We always get slammed with orders after a hurricane. But people should expect the unexpected and already have these items on hand before a disaster strikes.”

In addition to home and business survival products, Mayday Industries has developed a four person survival kit for use by the United States Government. It can be dropped from a helicopter and indefinitely float on water. They are also one of only four companies in the world that manufactures U.S. Coast Guard approved food and water.

Because of the uncertain times in which we live, the company anticipates continued growth from both the government and private sectors.

Tepel concluded, “We expect the Mayday name to continue being synonymous with disaster preparedness.”

For more information, including a list of retail referrals, visit or call 714-893-5410.

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