Be Prepared in the New Year

BE PREPARED IN THE NEW YEAR

It’s easy to take what you have for granted. If you live in the United States or some other developed country, it can be all too easy to rationalize not being prepared. For those who do live in a developed country, there’s generally not an urgent sense of preparedness until it’s too late. By the time an emergency happens, it’ll probably be too late to run to the store to stock up on the basics, if the stores are even open at that point.

Whether it’s a natural or man-made disaster, one thing is certain, being prepared is the best way to increase the odds of survival for you and your family should an emergency disrupt life.  The shocking reality is that most folks don’t even have a basic grasp on the concept of being prepared. Part of this is due to the fact that the survival and self-reliance community has been ostracized by the media and its credibility harmed by a handful of extremists.

The bottom line is that being prepared isn’t crazy. It’s not about hoarding guns and ammo and owning rural land to escape to should disaster strike. It’s about having a plan in place that you and your family are comfortable with and would be able to follow should something happen. It’s about using common sense and preparing for the unforeseen uncertainty that can happen at any moment and disrupt life as you know it.

It’s accepted (and expected to some degree), for individuals and families to prepare for financial certainty by planning for retirement, investing in their children’s educations, and putting aside money for savings for a rainy day. Is it so different to prepare for life’s uncertainty by stocking extra food/water, having a survival kit, and a plan that can be carried out should something happen? What’s the difference between saving money for retirement and saving food in your pantry should something happen? There is no difference. The concepts are the same except, would you rather save paper (fiat money) in the hopes you could use it to protect you and your family should something happen , or food/water? Why not both?

All too often, there’s a disconnect of common sense between preparing for financial uncertainty and preparing for life’s uncertainty. Most individuals and families carry some sort of insurance policy, be it for their home, vehicles, life, etc., but most people probably don’t have more than a couple of day’s worth of necessities such as food and water (think of it as a food insurance policy). Even fewer would have a clue what to do if many of the conveniences they’ve become used to (food stocked at stores, clean drinking water, electricity to power everything, etc.). There’s nothing wrong   with enjoying the conveniences that are available these days, if you’re reading this it means you’re using the greatest convenience of them all – the internet, but when simply enjoying life’s modern conveniences crosses the line to depending on them for every little aspect of your life, that’s a problem.

For those of you who do have plans and supplies keeping you and your family prepared, congratulations! You’re ahead of most people when it comes to being prepared should an emergency happen. For those of you don’t, no worries, you’re here now reading this article which hopefully will at the very least plant the idea in your head of being prepared for life’s uncertainties. There’s plenty of great information on this site to learn more about practical and inexpensive steps to start preparing for uncertainty. If you’re the type of individual who likes to make New Year’s resolutions, why not add being prepared to keep self and family safe to the top of your list for New Year? In one year’s time, you’d be amazed by how much can be accomplished in terms of preparedness. Stop making excuses, stop putting it off, stop relying on your city, state, and federal government to take care of you and your family if something should happen and take action!

In closing, consider an article recently published by Breitbart with some high level statistics pertaining to natural disasters that took place in 2010. The full article can be found here, and it’s an eye opening read to say the least. Here’s some numbers to put things in perspective…

[milestone color=”Default” number=”357″ subject=”Declared natural disasters in 2013″]

[milestone color=”Default” number=”157000000000″ subject=”Financial losses (USD) due to natural disasters”]

[milestone color=”Default” number=”9650″ subject=”People killed by natural disasters in 2013″]

Summary

If you only take away one thought from this article, remember that being prepared can be easily accomplished with minimal time and resources. If you decide to prepare in excess of the bare minimum that’s recommended, great! If not, that’s OK too; just make sure you have some type of plan along with basic resources saved up to protect you and your family should an emergency or survival situation occur.  If you’re the type of person who doesn’t have the time or desire to prepare your own survival kit to help you and your family should an emergency happen, you can always purchase one.

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