Don't be among the many who will look back and ask themselves, "what if?"
What if I had only listened when there was still time? What if I had only stocked up on food and water? What if I would have learned how to start a camp fire? What if I had learned how to grow a garden? What if I had...What if, what if, what if???
As I'm sure you've heard me say before, my mother always told me, It's better to be safe than to be sorry. And, just as my mother told me over and over and over again, I want to reiterate this message to you. I cannot express it enough.
Planning for the future
Most of us make plans for the future. Whether it be saving money for a vacation, unexpected car or household expenses, our children's college funds, or just for a "rainy day". Why do we do those things? Do we do them because we realize the need to sacrifice a little in the present will ensure that we have enough money for those things in the future? The answer to that question would be a resounding yes!
Why do we make monthly or yearly payments for things such as home insurance, vehicle insurance, medical insurance, etc.? Mostly it is so that we don't have to come up with lump sums of cash for one particular incident should something happen.
The majority of us go to the grocery store once a week to buy our weekly groceries. Why do we do this? Mostly so we don't have to go to the grocery store daily to obtain the food we need throughout the week. Sure, we may have to go back in the middle of the week for more bread or milk, but at least we saved time by shopping weekly for our main items.
Some of us shop year round for Christmas presents, or participate in a Christmas savings fund through our employers. Why? So that we don't have to come up with a lump sum of cash big enough to purchase all of the gifts we want/need to buy right at Christmas time.
Do you see where I'm going with this? By doing each and every one of those things I have mentioned above, we are planning for the future. Whether that future be days, months, or years ahead.
We don't know what the future holds. We cannot see into the future. If we did, or could, we would know when we would need money, and how much, for certain things. But, we don't know, so we prepare for things that we know may possibly happen. We can't predict the future, but we can prepare for it.
Soooo...if we're preparing for certain things that could or may possibly happen, why aren't we preparing for an emergency situation? Emergency situations such as a flood, hurricane, fire, earthquake, tornado, land slide, tsunami, economic collapse, loss of employment, sudden physical disability, sudden long term illness, terrorist attacks, nuclear attacks/war, cyber attacks/wars, riots that may shut down parts of your city, or any other imaginal or unimaginable thing that you can think of? As I said before, we can't see the future. We can't predict the future. And seriously, no matter where you live in America any one or more of these things could happen. And that's why some people choose to become preppers. Preppers are simply people who are preparing for unforeseen future events.
I'm not trying to instill fear in anyone. Most people don't walk around in fear every hour of every day because they have house insurance, medical insurance or vehicle insurance do they? We don't need to fear those things because we know if something were to happen we and/or our family would be mostly taken care of. So why not have emergency preparedness insurance? That is not something that some insurance company can offer us. Emergency preparedness is something that we have to decide to do for ourselves (and our families). There are no "policies" available. But it is something each and every one of us needs to have on hand. That is why we prep(are). It isn't because we live in fear, it is to give us some relief in knowing that if anything does happen we and our families will be taken care of.
Two "what if" scenarios
What would happen if you missed a payment on your vehicle insurance? In reality, you may have automatic payments, but please just go along with me on this. So, you missed making a payment on your vehicle insurance. You didn't realize it until a week after the past due date. You're at work when you realize it, and don't have the necessary paperwork with you, so you decide you will make that payment as soon as you get home. That afternoon you look out the window and notice it's starting to rain. The temperature suddenly drops and the rain turns into snow. There's now a layer of ice underneath the snow. When you leave work for the day you notice that the parking lot is covered with snow and it has a very slippery layer of ice underneath it. You decide you have to drive very carefully on the way home. As you're driving home the traffic is heavy and the roads are extremely slippery. You're approaching an intersection and the signal light turns yellow. You apply your brakes and your car begins to slide. The cross traffic doesn't notice that your car is sliding and the cars proceed through the intersection. You can't stop your car. You keep sliding right into the intersection, and BAM! You plowed right into another vehicle.
What happens now? You just had an accident (which obviously was your fault) and your vehicle insurance is no longer active. After all is settled and you're back home you begin to blame yourself. You are full of guilt. You can't help but thinking if only you'd paid your insurance premium on time. You knew vehicle insurance was important, that's why you had it. Let's see, where was I going with this? Oh yeah, You know how important it is to have vehicle insurance but you had let it lapse. It wasn't your intention to let it lapse, nevertheless it happened. You couldn't foresee the future and know that you were going to have an accident on that particular day driving home from work. But the fact of the matter remains, you had a vehicle accident with no insurance coverage. Now you will be paying for it for years to come. Please note that this is a hypothetical and completely fiction based example. But, it is just that...an example. An example of how proper planning and preparation would have avoided a small catastrophe in this person's life.
Now, what if you had been hearing on the news lately that there was a possibility that North Korea had not gotten rid of all of their nuclear weapons? Not only that, but they had the capability to place specific weapons on a rocket, launch it into space and drop that specific weapon in the atmosphere above the United States. Say this information leaked out somehow and the media got a hold of it and shared it over multiple social platforms. This is considered a threat. A threat of an EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) nuclear attack. What would you do? Would you just say, "nothing like that is ever going to happen" and ignore the threat? Would you remember that a friend once told you about prepping and then think to yourself, "I really should look into that"? What if then the news moved on to other things and you got busy and put off looking into it? Consider how you would feel if that did happen and there was an attack. Would you be wondering to yourself, "what if I had paid better attention?". Would you be wondering what would have happened if you had taken the threat seriously? I'm pretty sure that this person's mind would be filled with regret and "what ifs".
Well, this really did happen; the threat anyway, not the attack. Just a few short weeks ago. Not only that, but our government has been taking these types of threats seriously. Just last week there was a report from NIAC The President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council released to the public. The report is titled, Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage, How to Strengthen the Capabilities of the Nation. This link is directly from the DHS.gov website. The task of this council was, "to build on the insights gathered during a scoping effort to develop findings and recommendations on how the public and private sectors can work together to further enhance and integrate critical infrastructure resilience with response and recovery actions to mitigate risks posted by catastrophic power outages."
A portion of the findings of this report states,
"...warning that the electric grid is now the “prime target” of terrorists, and says Americans need to be prepared for a power outage of up to six months".
In other words, our government is telling us that an attack is imminent, and there's nothing at this time they can do to stop it. Remember, I'm not trying to instill fear into anyone. I'm simply trying to present the facts and encourage you to take out your own insurance policy regarding emergency situations. I'm pretty sure this would be considered an emergency situation.
Why isn't the main stream news media reporting this? I have no idea why. I can't speak for them. But, I do know that the report was released and it is legitimate. I also know that we are told by our government that we need to be prepared for a power outage of at least six months. The report also states that FEMA would not be able to handle such a catastrophe and that the citizens would basically be on their own. Again I'm not trying to instill fear, only trying to open a few eyes to the fact that we need to be prepared now more than we ever have any time in our recent history.
What will you do?
Now that you're aware of the reality of the possibility this could really happen, what are you prepared to do about it. I suggest to take some time and think on it and pray about it. But, not too much time. As I've mentioned before, we can't see into the future so we don't know when this may or may not happen. But, I know that I don't want to be one of those saying, "what if?". What if I would have listened to my friend who was telling me that I need to prepare and build up a storage of food and water? What if I would have put aside my pride and begun to prepare for my family? What if I had...what if, what if, what if?????
Where to start
If you don't know where to start or what you need to do, I suggest that you take the time to read the Prepping 101 series in my blogs. Click on "Blogs" at the top of the page and when the next page comes up then click on "Prepping 101" right underneath the main picture of the camping scene . That is a good place to start. You can also check out my social media content as there is a lot of good information and resources available there; and it's not only my posts and blogs that I share.
I didn't write this blog article as an attempt to self-promote. I wrote it to give you a head's up to the need to prepare for something that is a real possibility. I started this blog site to help others, not to self promote.
I pray that your eyes will be open to the need for emergency preparedness (prepping) and that you will not procrastinate on getting started.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!