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!