How to prepare for a disaster
We all know that old saying "Hope for the best but prepare for the worst", yet some of us (and I am talking about preppers here) are actually living by this motto. Just being prepared for a disaster doesn't make you a pessimist, by all means. It's better to be realistic and learn from the past events in our (recent) history (think Katrina); this is just stating the obvious, one must adapt or perish, Darwin taught us that.
You should learn the basics of survival and also don't expect the government to take care of you, forget about the nanny state and deal with what will happen in a real life scenario: in a wide-spread emergency situation, you and your family can't rely on help from outside, it's all up to you when SHTF. While serving in the military, I learned this simple fact : "There's trained and untrained, which one are you?"'.The first question that comes to mind is "Are you prepared" ? Just think about some of the worst case scenarios and answer the following :
- What can you say about your house safety? I am talking here about your security systems such as lights, smoke detectors, solid locks etc.
- What did you do for your personal(and your family) safety? Do you know how to defend yourself? Are you keeping yourself and your family members physically fit?
- Do you own guns for protecting your property and your family members? A concealed carry permit is a must have, protect your Second Amendment rights by using them. And if you own guns, you must learn how to use them, owning a weapon is just the first step.
- What about your financial safety? Do you have emergency funds available? And by available, I mean cash, the money in the bank are not yours (see Cyprus). Have you ever considered investing in gold/silver coins (real money)?
- Are you prepared in case of natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, forest fires, earthquakes