Why? Why not? Part Six, the Finale

Finally, part five of going over the list of reasons people won’t prep.  This is points thirty one through thirty five.  (The original posting with the entire list is here.)  Apparently, business at the various preparedness stores has picked up of late, with the latest set of governmental shenanigans; more people are looking at the various excuses and opting for longer-term practicality.  More overall preparedness can only be a good thing–let’s see how long it lasts.  Here are the points:

31. If disaster strikes everybody will band together and save the day.

I agree wholeheartedly with the original poster for this one: Nice sentiment, but throughout history this idealism has proven to be less than reality.  While we’ll “band together” for some events, we’ll also fall apart for others–witness the looting & other assorted hysteria in New Orleans following Katrina.  While you can always hope that everyone will come together to survive the crisis, the safer route (and certainly the more reliable one) is to make sure that you are prepared to take care of you and your family first, then worry about spreading that preparedness outward in concentric circles: your neighbors, your neighborhood, your town, and so on.

32. People have become way too civilized to wage a world war and take what you have and act like savages.

Anyone who has read even a cursory history of the 20th century will recall one of the names given to the kerfuffle in Europe from 1914-1918: the War to End All Wars.  We’re not living up to that particular legacy; one part or another of “civilized society” has been at war pretty much continuously since then–often with each other, sometimes even with themselves; things have remained pretty disturbingly barbarous, as well.  This point really follows on to #31 above; trust in the goodness of others–but always lock your door when you leave the house.

33. There are food banks and emergency preparedness places nearby to me, they will take care of us.

Yes, there may well be. And if the chips are truly down–your house, with whatever stash of food and supplies you may have put by, gets destroyed by a tornado–I wholeheartedly recommend utilizing them.  But if you don’t have to, why would you?  You would be further straining already tight resources, making things that much more difficult for people who don’t have any of their own.  (All of which puts me in mind of another point–if you’ve got the wherewithal, donating to local food banks is a good thing, whether your donation is of food or of time and assistance.  It’s all part of community.)

34. FEMA , the Red Cross, and other government agencies are huge and have the whole country backing them.

Again, they do–but even they can be strained and overburdened by events.  While I understand the FEMA/Red Cross reaction to Hurricane Sandy was relatively effective, that was only after hard lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and others.  The bureaucracy and resulting sluggishness will probably never be completely eliminated, though.  Being self-reliant, with a strong local community network, at best can make you almost completely independent from the government aid; at worst, you’re still easing the burden on both yourself and them.  Doing even a little bit of preparing is really a win-win.

35. I can always wait until tomorrow to start prepping, there is always time.

Yes, you can–but you never really know what tomorrow will bring.  The Derecho came through five states in a few hours, almost completely without warning; power was out in some areas for almost two weeks.  If that morning you had decided to start prepping “tomorrow,” you’d have been completely unprepared.  And as the original poster points out, when things are bad enough that everyone is prepping, it’s probably too late.  Prepping is something like the old adage about fruit trees–the best time to plant one is ten years ago; the second best time is today.

And that wraps up this list!  Next week, we start tackling the Bug Out Bag.  Enjoy!


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One Response to Why? Why not? Part Six, the Finale

  1. Ann Dinapoli says:

    In is interesting that those who resist most the idea of preparing are those who believe that it is some else’s responsibility and they will never need to be responsible for themselves, or more importantly, some one they are close to. Parents often understand, at least enough to buy a simple 72-hour bag. Yet there are so many scenarios that, until something happens, are difficult to imagine. In 1965, the Northeast Blackout was one of the first major urban crisis in the US with in memory for the Baby Boom Gerneration. That was 13 hours of no electricity for over 30 million people. Power restoration was uneven. The crime rate dropped. There was a full moon to help with overnight lighting. Neighborhoods were still intact communities, so everyone knew everyone else. The weather was mild for November. Finacially the US economy was doing well. It was a lucky break.
    Fast forward to 1977. July 13, New York was in a serious financial down turn. Looting and vandalism were common. Arson was a major problem, especially in the poor neighborhoods. The city was in the midst of a serious heatwave. 550 police officers were injured and over 4000 looters were arrested.
    Then to 2003, a power outage through the upper northeast and upper Midwest on August 14. Cellular service was interrupted, water pressure dropped in many areas due to the use of electrical pumps, cable television signals went out, businesses did not have warehoused good on hand due to the new computerized “just-in-time” supply system, border crossing from Canada came to a standstill due to the failure of the electronic ID check. Roads were gridlocked in major urban centers. Buildings had gotten taller and the failure of elevators became s serious issue. It was weeks before power was fully restored and months before there was anyunderstanding of what happened.
    Then there was Hurricane Sandy. I do not have to say more about that.
    Each situation a crisis. Each became a vary different event due to environmental conditions, political and social realities of the time and economic conditions. I find it amazing that there have been four MAJOR events concerning power in one of our nations most complex and urbanized regions and yet each was treated as if it as a novel, once-in-a-lifetime event. Since local, regional, and national governments have such myopic perspective for dealing with major crisis it is up to the individual to keep themselves, their loved ones, their neighbors, their community (in that order) safe and sound.
    It is not comfortable or easy to study the history of modern catastrophes, but it bring home just how important it is to be prepared
    Thanks for your hard work. I look forward to your BOG. I always learn something from your blog. Keep up the great stuff.

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