I wrote this post last week and after reading Ranger Man’s article from yesterday I almost didn’t post it. I thought it might be too redundant, but then I thought about it some more and decided to go ahead for a couple of reasons. First, my story today just backs up what he’s saying. And second, it’s interesting that we’d both write and post about similar topics so close to each other. Maybe it’s an end of the year reaffirmation. (Much as I hate that word.)
Here’s today’s post.
Have you ever laid awake in bed at night wondering if all the money you’ve put into your preps is money well spent? If all the time you’ve got in your preps is wasted time? After all, “they” have been predicting the end of the world for a long time now and yet, here we are! Why is this time any different than any other time?
I’m not saying the time we live in is any different, but there are things happening currently that make me happy I’ve got some food stashed away and alternate energy sources ready to go if the lights go out. Check out this story in California about the storms coming in. In the story they say:
Numerous roads were closed because of mudslides or flooding. On Monday, nearly 2,000 residents near McFarland, about 40 miles north of Lamont, were evacuated because of what fire department spokesman Sean Collins called “major flooding.” The evacuation order was later lifted after debris was cleared from a backed-up creek.
The story is a laundry list of problems the storms caused, any one of them a good reason to have extra food and water stored. Here on the east coast that same storm came in and dropped at least a foot of snow on us here in the Midcoast Maine area. I’ve seen a lot of snowstorms in my time living here in Maine and the thing is you never can tell which one is going to cause power outages and other damage, but being a prepper all I had to do to get ready for it was top off the jeep and make sure the house was battened down.
With all the problems our world experiences on a daily basis, both man-made and natural, it seems to me the height of folly not to be prepared. When Katrina rolled through like a freight train it left thousands of victims and refugees in its wake. In my opinion if these people had been ready with bug-out bags and plenty of food and water and a SHTF plan they’d have been survivors instead of victims or refugees. Don’t wait for the last minute to get out. If they say a big storm is coming and you should leave. Leave! If you expect the government to be there to provide food, water and other necessities after a disaster I hope you’ve got some of your own set aside, because it could be awhile before the calvary rides in to rescue you.
Just in the last ten years there have been dozens of disasters that some of you reading may have been involved in: the Haiti Earthquake; the 9/11 attack in New York, Earthquake(s) in California.
I see it as a personal responsibility to be ready for anything and if I manage to survive “The Event”, whatever it may be, then I have significantly improved my odds of surviving after the fact. And not just the odds for me, but more importantly, for my family.
Let me assure you that your preparations for survival are not in vain. No one can ever know where the next earthquake or blizzard will hit, or when a terrorist will set off a nuke or crash a plane. By being ready you are fulfilling an obligation to your family and to yourself to survive.