Why should you be prepared for an emergency? All people who have gone through a disaster unprepared probably thought the same thing. A better question is – why shouldn’t you? I’ll bet you can’t come up with a good reason.
As I sit here trying to write this post, I’m thinking about how I can convince folks to be prepared. What is it that I can say that would convince someone that complacency is dangerous, and actually get them to prepare for a possible disaster or emergency situation. Do I explain how easy it is to be prepared? Do I site statistics on the eventuality of becoming involved with an emergency or disaster? Or maybe, I explain the different types of disasters that could affect someone’s life.
Definition of complacency (as defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary)
plural – complacencies
1 : self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies When it comes to safety, complacency can be dangerous.
2 : an instance of usually unaware or uninformed self-satisfaction
Complacency is a difficult feeling to overcome with a blog post – so is procrastination. However, I will try to highlight some points that will help motivate the most complacent procrastinator.
How Easy Is It To Be Prepared?
The answer to “How Easy Is It To Be Prepared” is simple. It’s as easy as going to our website and ordering a kit and/or supplies that fits your needs and circumstances. If you’re unsure about what you need, you can call us at 913-802-2004 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
Natural Disaster Statistics for the United States:
From 2005 to 2014 there have been 22 events, 477 deaths, and $44,572,559 in economic losses. This does not include the numerous local natural and man-made disasters that are not included in these statistics. Local disasters would include events such as large structure fires, train derailments, sink holes, mudslides, avalanches, flooding, terrorist events, power outages, water supply contamination, etc……
For a disaster to be entered into the national database at least one of the following criteria must be fulfilled:
- Ten (10) or more people reported killed.
- One Hundred (100) or more people reported affected.
- Declaration of a state of emergency.
- Call for international assistance.
Because there is a plethora of statistics for natural disasters in the United States, here is a link to the data for your convenience – http://www.preventionweb.net/countries/usa/data/. It should also be noted that since 2000 there have been 41 incidents of civil unrest.
Possible Disaster/Emergency Scenarios:
The list of possible disaster/emergency scenarios includes –
- Active Shooter/Classroom Lockdown
- Black Out/Power Outage
- Chemical Spill/Industrial Accident
- Flood/Flash Flood
- Forced Evacuation
- Ice Storm
- Plane Crash/Populated Area
- Rioting/Civil Unrest/Marshall Law
- Sink Hole
- Snow Storm
- Stranded/Car Trouble/Accident
- Train Derailment
- Tsunami/Tidal Wave
- Water Supply Contamination
Don’t be scared, be prepared:
We prepare for personal disasters with insurance for our health, home, auto and life. We also buy extended warranties for our electric appliances and electronic devices. We spend thousands of dollars a year on these other “insurances”, year after year, but won’t spend $200 on disaster “insurance” that will last 25 years. A $200 investment would give you insurance against hunger, thirst, the elements, and uncertainty for the first 72 hours after a disaster or emergency situation.
Who’s going to be the first person on the scene of a disaster that you just survived………you are! If you’re prepared and informed, then you don’t have to wait for a bureaucratic government response. You can handle it yourself. Believe me, it’s very liberating to know you’re ready for any disaster or emergency. I know we say it a lot, but that’s because it’s true and we want all people to experience it.
You may not buy from us, and that’s fine, but don’t rely on the government to save you. We all know, or should know how that goes. How much paperwork do you want to fill out? Have you been to a government agency for assistance? Not me, I would rather take care of myself and my family. I know better what I want and need and don’t want to settle for what the government experts tell me I need and want. I’m not bashing the government. We need them for certain things. I just don’t want to wait in a line to get basic relief, like food and water. It’s easy to pick on the government, but let’s be honest – the government is just too big and bureaucratic to respond quickly. You however can respond as quickly as you need and can respond to your family’s needs much more efficiently. If you can get thru the first 72 hours, then you can get outside help, if necessary. The first 72 hours are the most critical time and can be the difference between having enough food, water and warmth; or scrounging with the other unprepared folks for basic life necessities.
I’ve actually had people tell me that if a disaster should occur they would just go to the store and get what they needed. Seriously? How can you be so sure that the store will still be there? What do you do if the store is gone? We’re so spoiled. I know some folks have never been in a disaster or emergency situation. They’ve been lucky enough to get to a certain point in their lives without having to face the realization that everything they own is gone. Their “stuff” hasn’t blown away in a tornado, or ruined by 6 feet of water, or buried under rubble, or burned in a wildfire. If you have been through a disaster then you know that “just going to the store to get what you need” is crazy.
We don’t want to scare you, we want to prepare you and that is our mission. If you’re scared because you read this, then it’s because you’re not prepared. Once you do get organized and prepared you don’t have to think about it again, or at least until you’re in a survival situation. But, then you’ll be ready and confident that you can handle whatever is thrown your way.
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