posted on Jan, 25 2009 @ 11:08 AM
I'd have to say Katrina opened my eyes as far as getting serious about survival. Of course, survival is a 24x7x52 thing, and as we can see many
can't even handle their own survival needs during non-emergency situations (i.e. those living on welfare, food stamps, credit cards, etc.). Even
now, those that haven't a clue how to survive by employing themselves are in rough shape after loosing their job.
So anyhow, after that whole Katrina thing, I got serious about survival. NEVER will I want to ever become dependent (nor a burden) upon others, such
as FEMA, to keep my ass alive and well. In the event I ever got caught up in such an event, I can now survive all by myself just fine for up to a
year. I even put enough emergency funds away so that I can escape such a calamity and start over in another location to call home. Survival is not
just doing what is necessary to take care of yourself and your family, but it's also about NOT becoming a burden upon others to save your ass.
I wonder how many people could survive a situation where, for example, the economy collapses, and mass riots and chaos break out, and all the stores
are looted and much of the infrastructure that they had depended upon to feed them were burnt to the ground? How many could survive the winter
without grocery stores, gasoline, electricity, running water, police protection, etc.? I can now say that I can.
This survival issue came up elsewhere once, and I was surprised that NOBODY was prepared for an emergency. Some said they would manage okay, because
they lived near a wilderness area and could hunt, but, ha, when I inquired if they actually knew how to properly harvest their catch, only a few
actually knew. Pressing the issue further, most did not even own rifles or shotguns, and half that did didn't even have more than half a box of
ammo. Some didn't even know how to cook, having subsisted upon can goods and freezer meals and dinning out their entire life. One fellow didn't
even know how to cook rice for himself.
What a mess things could quickly become if something crippled our infrastructure. Imagine a solar flare or a terrorist act taking out electricity for
a few months across much of the country. How would so many survive during these months while substations are reconstructed and repaired. They
wouldn't have a job during those months, stores and banks would be mostly closed - and even if they were open, how long would the cash in your
pockets last? Most folks would be forced to line up for FEMA food and water and medicines, and they would probably have to walk miles to get to each
Seriously, those with families, children to feed, ya'll really need to step up and take responsibility and prepare for such emergencies. Everyone
should also prepare to avoid becoming a burden upon others during such emergencies. Being prepared is like having insurance. Also, it's not fair
that those that have prepared should be burdened with the choice of having to decide if they should subsist on their emergency provisions, or be
guilted into giving up their emergency food for someone else's children because others failed to properly prepare.
Yup, Katrina was a horrible incident, but it was also a pitiful display of irresponsibility. Some of them folks didn't even keep enough money on
hand so they could have escaped from that disaster, and that was just ridiculous and darn right irresponsible. Just like how one has to prepare for
their own old age retirement, one should also prepare for unexpected disasters. It's not right to expect that it's someone else's responsibility
and burden to save you from your lack of proper planning and preparedness. Katrina should have served as a wake up call to everyone. Those that lost
their lives because of Katrina should serve as a wake up call for everyone. PREPARE! Prepare not just for disasters, but for unemployment too.
Survival is a 24x7x52 issue!