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Monday, February 17, 2014
Becoming Demoralized Regarding Disaster Preparedness
There are quite a few very bright and well educated people who try to teach preparedness in some form or another to Americans, or to any nation, or anyone who will listen. Preparedness is not about Americans against Syrians, Egyptians against anyone, or any particular race or creed against another. All preparedness does is recognize that people live in families and that when the inevitable minor or major inevitable disasters occur, that we all have common needs. When an earthquake comes to China, or a bombing to an Israeli or to a Syrian town, or a tornado wipes out a town in Kansas, we all need water, some food, first aid supplies, emotional support, and a warm and safe place to sleep later that night. True preparedness has no agenda. It is the simple recognition that challenges will come, and that we'd all best be ready.
Lately, a couple of people who are well known high achievers in the survival business have become demoralized. They are tired of repeating the same things again and again to people mesmerized by their iphone. One of them, who shall remain nameless told me that he thought he would give up relating the message of preparedness. "It's too late", he said. " Too many people have missed the chance to prepare." Needless to say, I don't share that view. Whether you believe that a world or an American financial collapse will come, or whether you believe there's a hurricane coming later in the year, we all need to take reasonable steps to prepare our families. We need to analyze what the most likely emergencies at our location might be. We need to establish an excellent home first aid kit. We need to establish a strong evacuation kit. Then, we need to make plans for anywhere where we spend a good deal of time. Our workplaces, grandparents homes, a cabin or a recreational vehicle if we have one, are all places where we should consider some secondary preparations.
My book, Rational Preparedness: A Primer to Preparedness is an attempt to take people who have not made plans with regard to preparedness, to having a very clear picture as to how to prepare for normal issues in the space of one weekend. It is a starting point, but a good one nonetheless. There are also some great ideas for seasoned preppers. From the starting point of the book, families, not extreme preppers, need to refine and add other items and other learning. For example, if you have young children, you and your spouse should learn CPR and include infant and child CPR to that training.
No, I don't believe that it's too late for reasonable attempts at disaster preparedness. You can prepare for thirty years only to find that the item you need to save a loved ones life, just isn't there. You can take a weekend to prepare and find that you were blessed with exactly the right supplies to do the job to not only promote comfort but to save a life. You see, no one really knows where that tipping point is. We can't stock a hospital, but we can keep reasonable amounts of first aid supplies, and hope that we are not hit with a challenge that is too advanced for our skill set.
Once we have taken steps to prepare reasonably, then we need to reevaluate our preps every six months to a year. This should include rotating stock. You should also use some of your supplies in order to keep some familiarity and actually know how to use freeze dried food, for example. Then, go out and live a life. Preparedness is not all there is, but preparedness may someday make the rest of it possible. When that fails, then stop, and listen to some music.