Without further ado, part the third of the list – why your friends/family don’t/won’t prep:
11. I don’t have extra money to store up anything for disasters.
The OP blows this one off by invoking coupons and store sales. Those are reasonable approaches, but I’m also a fan of “buy an extra (non-perishable) item or two on each grocery trip.” (I’m likewise a fan of the “grow it yourself & store/can/preserve it” method, for that matter.) Prepping can be done quite frugally–in fact, most of the preppers out there seem to be doing their thing on a pretty tight budget. Besides, when it comes down to it, the issue shouldn’t be about how much you’re spending on it, but whether you’re spending anything on it at all (time included).
12. It is too much work to bother with.
Really, it isn’t, especially if you use “plan A” as described in the preceding point–just get an extra can or two of something (something you’d eat normally) on every grocery trip. Once your cupboards are full, stash them somewhere else. The hard part is going to be cycling through them–and if you eat “normally”, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. (Actually, another “difficult” part is not getting the same thing every single time; you don’t want to end up with 500 cans of baked beans. Although, there are probably worse things…) The rest of prepping–BoBs, BoLs, etc., etc., is certainly good enough to do–but just having the food stored up will probably put you a long ways ahead of most of your neighbors.
13. I have absolutely no idea what to store or how much.
I like the original poster’s answer for this one, so I’ll quote it here:
What do you use each day and every week? This is what you want to store up. Buy your regular household staples in jars, bottles, or well sealed packages for longer term storage. How much can be determined simply by asking yourself, ‘how long do I want to be self sufficient during a disaster?’ Have a time frame – a month, two months, etc. You should be able to easily determine how much of something you will use in a certain amount of time.
14. I don’t need any protection after a disaster, the police, national guard, military will protect us.
After a disaster (such as either Hurricane Sandy or Katrina, for example), while the National Guard will show up after the fact to help keep the peace and rebuild, there can be a significant lag before they get there. The police are probably busy enough taking care of themselves–particularly at first–and not so busy as they might be with actual “policing”. And the military, well… As long as everybody remembers their particular purpose, they’ll be protecting you from foreign enemies, but not so much from the domestic type. No, rioting & looting in the aftermath of an event is likely to go at least a little while before any of “the usual suspects” show up to try and calm things down. It’s probably best, therefore, to see to your own protection in the meantime, either by having the wherewithal to resist force with force, or by going unnoticed in the background. (Or my preference–both.)
15. The power grid will come back on, until then I have LED flashlights that last forever.
To this statement, I suggest that I can add three words to make it accurate: “probably,” “eventually,” and “almost.” The grid will probably come back up eventually, and the LED flashlights last almost forever. After the derecho in June of 2012, there were areas that didn’t get power back on until a couple of weeks later. I’ll submit that an LED flashlight, judiciously used, will easily last at least that long–we used them on the submarines when I was on active duty, and they went months before needing new batteries–but “forever” is a long time. And the lights are really the least of your worries. When was the last time you looked around the house to see what uses electricity? Yes, the lights. Also your refrigerator and freezer. Washer, dryer. Water heater. Have a well, rather than city water? The well pump. Quite possibly your oven. Heating and cooling. Phones, if they’re cordless (old-style, “corded” landline phones usually pull current from the telephone wires themselves–although those with answering machines are probably out of luck). Clocks, and other miscellanea. Not to mention computers and associated equipment. Best to plan what to do without any of those–how to get around their loss, even temporarily…