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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Do You Really Think Bad Things Will Happen?



When people who know me, but don’t know I’m a prepper, find out that I have 72-hour bags for myself and my daughter, and a two-month stockpile of food, they look at me strangely and ask: “Do you really think something bad is going to happen?”

My answer is—honestly—no.

No, I do not believe that anything bad is going to happen that will end society, as we know it.

But…

I live in California where earthquakes are a major concern.

I recall being in the Los Angeles area when the Northridge earthquake happened. I was visiting cousins. Their house shook violently, but—thankfully—we were safe.

Everywhere—though—freeways were impassable and I was about 100 miles from home. It took two days before I could get home because it took that long for the authorities to figure out which routes were passable.

Because my cousins had a well-stocked pantry, we were OK.

Though it is rare, I have seen weather cripple the area where I live.

Significant snowfall happens rarely in Kern County, California.

The last time it did, we probably got about two inches of snow.

People here do not know how to drive in snow and as a result, power poles were hit and electricity was interrupted. Chaos began.

Though we are in a terrible drought at the moment, I do recall being in eleventh grade and witnessing a dust storm rage for more than 24 hours straight, making it unsafe to go outside.

Dirt blew through shut windows that were taped shut as well to keep the dirt out.

When the winds died down, an inch or more of dirt caked any and every available horizontal surface.

Then the rains came.

It rained as if God’s own fury had been unleashed. Agricultural fields were under water. Massive flooding made normal transit challenging to impossible for days. Because of the excess water, sewage treatment suffered a hiccup.

Sure enough, there was a run on the four markets in my town. Shelves were bare and the trucks that would normally bring in more food, could not get in.

Because we had a pantry, we were able to weather the aftermath of the storm.

The stereotype of survivalists is that they believe there will be a cataclysmic collapse in the fabric of society and rampant lawlessness will become the de facto reality.

I don’t believe that.

Sure, it could happen.

I don’t believe it will.

But…

If New Orleans’ dance with a hurricane taught us anything, it proved categorically that being prepared could go a long way to saving your life and the lives of those you love.

Preparing ahead of time for emergencies is not cuckoo in the coconut thinking, but intelligent readiness.

Why not be intelligent and get ready?



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