Why Do We Prepare?

| October 27, 2013 |

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In previous articles, we explored types of natural and man made disasters that could affect your current way of life. Now that you have a better idea of everything that could go wrong, you probably starting to get a sense of why it’s important to prepare. In this article we explore why people don’t prepare and why you should not be one of them.

Many who don’t prepare, do so for a few reasons, which include.

1. They think that emergency services will come in and provide assistance.
2. They don’t have time to prepare.
3. They don’t know how to prepare.
4. They don’t think a disaster will happen to them.

None of these are good reasons.

While emergency services are there to help in a disaster or catastrophic situation, they can only do so much. In such scenarios, emergency services, the police, hospitals and fire departments can quickly become overwhelmed with the with the amount of help that’s needed. As most of you know, during Hurricane Katrina, emergency crews were often unable to get to people for days. In fact, people in other states were asked to travel to the Louisiana area and help out because the state’s services couldn’t handle the load.

It’s never a good idea to put your own welfare and survival in the hands of someone else. Their intentions may be positive and they may want to help you but that doesn’t mean they will be able to do so. When you are able to handle some things yourself, it will go a long way towards improving your chances of survival should emergency services not be able to get to you right away.

When it comes to the last three reasons, it’s important to keep one thing in mind.

Disasters don’t just happen in the movies.

They can happen to you. But not only do they happen, they can happen to you. And when they do, you will be on your own. The tragedy of September 11 illustrates this well. Look at the total disruption of transportation and emergency services in New York City immediately following the terrorist attack. This was followed by the immediate and complete paralysis of air transportation throughout the United States. Thousands were stranded for days on their own in various cities.

They’re not things you see on the news while you’re nestled comfortably in your home. They’re real life situations that can happen to everyone. Proper preparation could mean the difference between you surviving a disaster and not. While it’s impossible to prepare for everything that could happen, that shouldn’t be an excuse for you not preparing at all.

Category: Mental Preperation, Survival Guides

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