Many of us have asked the question “What does it take to wake people up?” I took a pretty big smack upside the head to wake up to how unprepared I was for just about anything. My 100% disability and having very little money coming in for over 9 months and no food in the house when I came home from the ECU(Extended Care Unit) made me “wake up”. While that was my own personal disaster, we have seen all kinds of snow storms, a market crash, droughts and a recession that is still ongoing after nearly 7 years. I don’t believe the government numbers we are in a “recovery”. I think things are slowly getting worse and the PTBs seem to want a war to distract the people from the economy and their incompetence.
There has not been anywhere in the USA that has not been hit with a disaster of some sort. I started checking my basic preps every time I heard of a storm coming and I have never gone so long that all the batteries died in my flashlights/radios without me replacing them before they ran out of energy. My little no tap water disaster went darn well overall as I had prepared for it based on other people’s water disaster from flooding to frozen pipes. I’m not trying to minimize the economic damage or loss of life but if you are prepared you should have been able to mitigate some of effects.
This is why I think that Mama nature/God has been giving us these test so we can prepare ourselves and learn from others. I have learned so much from other people’s storm stories that I have become even better prepared because of what they did that worked or did not work. Lately most of the stories have been about staying warm, how to get through a power outage or no tapwater because of freezing pipes. With spring comes flooding and around here some pretty brisk winds that can cause power to go out via falling limbs and trees. Then Summer and trying to stay cool and hydrated in the heat along with keeping the garden watered in drought conditions, for some it’s wildfires or Hurricane season. Fall seems to be fairly quiet for storms in this area. It’s very busy though getting everything ready for winter. Now that’s just basic weather disaster type stuff even if you don’t believe there will be an “economic collapse” like I do there are plenty of reason to prepare based on just a normal year. The thing is that your preparations for a normal weather disaster works great for bigger “widespread” disasters since us humans still need the basics everyday to live no matter what happens.
I’m not a parent but following Greece’s economic collapse parents gave up their children because they could no longer feed them. I can’t even imagine how that feels though it would bother me if that happened to one of my nieces or nephews and I don’t even like children! Greeks are having a hard time just buying aspirin, not some rare chemo treatment but a few tablets of aspirin and we can get 100+ tablets for a dollar. Greeks had socialized medicine and aspirin was always cheap or free so few people stocked up or valued it. The economic disaster is just as real and causes suffering just as real as a natural disaster but it is slower and not sexy enough for charities to get attention or donations.
Perhaps it it is normalcy bias and we always tend to think the bad things will happen to someone else, but we all are someone else. The USA is not” special” and the idea it can’t happen here is ridiculous because it has happened here! Get the basics, the generator that keeps the lights on in winter perhaps keep a small Air conditioner and fans going in summer. Buy food when it is season in the summer and you can reduce you food bill in winter when heating costs are higher! But if you feel that life has been particularly unfair to you please let me know and I shall take it up with management of Life and the Universe. Please include all legal documentation and contracts that guarantee fairness to anyone or you specifically!