How to Gain Security in an Uncertain World
We live in a time where our basic needs are met through a complex network of communications, supply lines, and relationships. The obvious benefit of this system is the ability to deliver goods and services to specific locations in an extremely efficient manner. For example, water is clean and readily available through a simple twist of a faucet; when we run out of milk, it only takes a quick drive to the grocery store to pick more up; electricity and fuel to power our appliances and run our vehicles requires one only to plug-in or fill up.
We are Dependent
It’s easy to take all of these conveniences for granted since they are an integral part of our lives and the workings of this system are often hidden from our immediate view. But the truth of the matter is that most of us are completely dependent on this highly integrated web to function and run without a hitch. But bulletproof it is not.
We are Vulnerable
All of these interdependent systems we depend on form a fragile web. Even small disturbances can send shock waves throughout the whole system interrupting the flow of food, energy, and other essential goods and services. Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 attacks, and even small localized storms have proven this to be the case. However, the future may well prove to be worse.
Here in the U.S. our economy is teetering on the edge of collapse right now. Our government continues to live way beyond its means and as a result there is a great possibility for massive inflation and economic upheaval similar to Argentina or Wiemar Republic Germany. And all the while, terrorism continues to cause uncertainty and threatens our fragile system.
The Majority are Unprepared
Despite all of the recent events (9/11, Katrina, the economy), the majority of people are still unprepared for minor disruptions – let alone major disasters. I understand that we, by nature, want to avoid the unpleasant. However, blindly assuming that things will go on working tomorrow just like they did in the past is a recipe for disaster.
Kevin Reeve, owner of OnPoint Tactical Tracking and Survival School said it perfectly, “People are nine meals from civil unrest.” This is so true. The majority of people are so unprepared that even an interruption in their food and water supply of just three days would cause social unrest (again see Katrina).
What are You Doing to Prepare?
Now comes the ultimate question. Where do you and your family stand? If something were to happen tomorrow where you were out of power, fuel, water, and access to food from the grocery stores, how would you survive? Do you have enough food and water set aside to ride it out? Or are you hoping to be bailed out by a government that may never come?
The Time to Prepare is Now
Disaster will not wait for you. The sooner you make your preparations the more likely you’ll be ready should disaster strike. The time is now.
So where do you begin? The answer is to start small and build up from there. In addition to the standard articles I write for this blog, in the coming months I will be sharing with you a step by step plan for getting you and your family prepared. Here’s what will be covered:
- Emergency Preparedness Plans that fit your family’s needs
- Food Storage Basics that anyone with any budget can meet
- How to Put Together a Bug-Out Bag (72-hour kit) that will give you peace of mind
- Alternative Cooking and Heating Options that you can use for extended blackout periods
- How to Prepare your Car for Evacuation
- Tips on Organizing and Safeguarding Important Documents and Data including backup plans, what to bring if you need to evacuate and so on.
- and Much More!!!
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