Over the last five years, I have worked to prepare myself and my family for a disaster. I have purchased survival gear, developed certain survival skills and even worked to educate others on disaster planning and survival. I know there are some readers who may be thinking that this was written by some crazy prepper who expects the world to end by some terrible cataclysm. That is the furthest thing from what I believe and it is not my motivation for preparing for a crisis that may or may not happen.
If nothing else, I am a pragmatist, and by that I mean I look at life through a lense that tries to see both the good and bad things that are possible. Though I always pray for the best, I know the worst can happen because events take place that tell me they can. Instead of ignoring those events, I use those as motivation that one day that tornado may just come calling on my house, or a house fire may happen and force me and my family from our home.
To plan for the bad things that may or may not happen is not an odd notion, and in fact almost everyone reading this is already actively engaged in some form of preparedness by having any one of the dozens of different types of insurance already available. We buy insurance in order to mitigate against a risk or threat. I may get in my car tomorrow, get distracted, and rear-end someone on the road. Without insurance, I would be forced to not only pay for their damage but also for my own, and that would be truly devastating, right? I pay for home owner’s insurance, health insurance, and life insurance for the same reason I pay for car insurance and that is to protect myself and those I love from undo financial and emotional turmoil.
Survival planning and preparedness is not different than those types of insurance already mentioned. And in the same way I view those insurance policies, I hope I never have to use the insurance I am building through preparedness.
Since 9-11, the world has change, but the threats that existed before are still the ones that will most likely affect you. In the survival seminar I share with groups, we talk about how there are global disasters that are high impact and devastating, but their probability is extremely low. The range of disasters most people have to worry about here in the good old USA are what we categorize as personal or local disasters. House fires, job loss, wildfires, tornadoes, chemical spills and more really happen everyday somewhere in America and though those disasters have a low impact in the number of people they affect, the lives of those affected are shattered.
Without a plan and basic survival supplies (or insurance), I can not imagine how these people will cope with being removed from their homes and/or jobs for the foreseeable futures. Where do they go? Who picks up the kids? Who is getting the medicine dad needs? What about the dog? Is there any clean water? A plan answers these questions and more well before the first raindrop falls.
Your insurance keeps you from suffering undo hardship during a difficult situation. You pay thousands for it each year. What price do you put on knowing that you and your family will have a plan and the basics ready if you ever forced from your home, lose your job, or something worse does happen?
You can find a lot of resources online, and the best place to start building your survival insurance is at http://www.Ready.gov. For basic survival kits, you can visit https://www.patriotprovisions.com. They have a lot of great survival gear at low prices.
If you are still asking yourself why should you prepare, because the second a disaster starts is a second too late to prepare.
Source by Patrick Taylor Ruble