It is often interesting to observe differing attitudes that are prevalent in our modern social construct. In many cases, there seems to be a fairly sharp divide in regards to concerns about possible emergency situations and disasters. Many people are so entranced by new innovations and advances in the sciences, that they are under the impression that there is no obstacle our current culture cannot find a solution for. On the other hand, there is also another half of the population that is more than aware of the fact that when a disaster strikes, preparedness is often lacking. This may be due to personal experiences, such as having survived Hurricanes Katrina or Sandy, or even having the first hand experience of police states in urban settings, domestic terrorism, or debilitating infectious diseases. This part of the population is very aware of the fact that modern civilization is not in control, and that self-reliance can mean the difference between life and death.
It’s Not Paranoia, If …
One of the biggest issues in raising awareness about emergency preparedness is that it can feel like preaching to the choir. People who understand just how severe situations can become and how rapidly life threatening circumstances can evolve are already focused on gathering supplies that can attend to these situations. However, for a person who has not had the experience, it can be difficult to convey just how dire things may become. Another factor that can often be a challenge in education is the idea that it is impossible to foretell any eventuality. While this is technically true, it does not preclude proactive practices such as:
Establishing an emergency plan also creates a foundation for resources, ideas, and options that may be altered depending on the situation.
- Planning escape routes
- Establishing shelter
- Maintaining long-term food storage
- Securing fresh water supplies
- Keeping family members and loved ones protected
In this way preparedness may be specific to situation, but it can also include being prepared enough to be able to think clearly and act decisively as the circumstances unfold.