That’s right; preparedness isn’t just an American need today. It has become a worldwide necessity and in fact as infrastructure of all sort crumbles and decays, its affects will continue to be non-discriminatory across the world. Just recently storms mired the Northeast in floodwaters high enough to close I95 in Rhode Island as the Pawtuxet and Blackstone Rivers continued to pour over their banks, following over ten inches of rainfall.
But New England wasn’t the only victim of weather around the world these past few weeks. England had her own tales of survival and aftermath to tell after record snowfall turned the northern parts of the Kingdom into a hellish variety of a winter wonderland. The BBC reports today that there are still may without power, with over 1,000 homes in Northern Ireland still in the dark on this bright and sunny Easter Sunday.
And just like here in the U.S. there are many public shelters open providing food, a place to rest and get showered. It’s funny, but no matter where one is, the same basic needs exist for mankind’s comfort and enjoyment. And we can all loose those comforts in the same ways and just as quickly as anywhere else on the earth. Nature is much more powerful than man as it is under the guiding hand of Gods’ will, and there is nothing we can do to change that. All we can do is take the knowledge we have learned and gather the supplies we need to ride the storm out, and hopefully survive until the storm passes.
I’ve talked with many people regarding the need to develop a plan to prepare for the coming times, and unfortunately, most seem to have an attitude that it only happens to others. But until it happens, whatever it may be, preparedness remains to be something other people do. Something people in Florida prepare for during hurricane season. Or maybe preparedness is something the people in California do as they get ready for the earthquakes or wildfire season. And don’t forget the people in the mountain states as they prepare for the winters blizzards. And then there are the New Englanders that prepare for spring flooding. Everybody prepares for something, even though they don’t realize they are preparing.
But there seems to be widely divergent views as to what a so called preparedness plan is, and what the people who develop and follow these plans are. I have already given the illustration of the two views of the actor Michael Gross, as on the one hand many remember his wimpy character in Family Ties, and on the other hand we remember him for his part in the Tremors series of movies. In that part he played a gun wielding isolationist conspiracy aficionado, ready for the collapse of the government as he and his wife hides in the desert.
Neither one of those extreme characters is a good example of what a person who practices the art of preparedness is. A good example is to simply look around you and see who stocks up on food before a snowstorm. Look around at the people who buy extra firewood ahead of time just in case. Look around you and see the people who plant vegetables in their back yard gardens. A preparedness person is nothing more than me, or you, or your neighbor. There is no need to be ashamed of following the measures needed to prepare for a possible disaster or catastrophe. It is good common sense to do so, and it is how mankind has survived for thousands of years when faced with adversity.
Those people who have lived through hard times have done so because they were prepared. They had the will and desire to live and prosper, and they also could foresee hard times coming down the road. They got ready, they steeled themselves against hardship, and they survived. Whether that was through a harsh winter in the olden days, or last week’s flooding along the Pawtuxet and other rivers makes no difference. They made it through because they had the will to do so.
Thousands of people lived through the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and they are now rebuilding their community. They stayed and braved adversity while others simply walked, or more appropriately, ran away because they hadn’t the fortitude to defend and salvage what was theirs. Many of these people didn’t even have a plan to survive the hurricane, but they had the will to survive, and that is the real key to developing an effective emergency preparedness plan. You need to have the will to survive. If you haven’t the will, then you likely will not survive, and if you do, you will come out in the end a scant image of yourself.
No matter where you live in the world, develop the will to survive. Get yourself a preparedness plan of action. Obtain the supplies and equipment you need to survive the coming times, and use that will to deploy your plan when the time comes. And I believe that time will be very soon. Perhaps within the next few years even. In some aspects, it may even be too late for some people to act. Are you going to be one of them?