Have you seen the rioting and looting in London in the last few days?
Most of our media in America isn’t covering it much so you may not have heard about it, but the truth is it is yet another reminder that society can get turned upside down in the blink of an eye. Here’s a link to a BBC article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-14450248
What’s perhaps most striking about these riots is that they started as a result of a peaceful protest in Tottenham on Saturday and it’s now been three days of mayhem and destruction. The reason I’m drawing your attention to this is because England is a lot like the US in the sense that in a Western society people don’t expect this kind of violence to erupt and engulf a city in flames. We’re supposed to be civilized, right?
Well, the reality is that our civil society is hanging on by a thread.
In Wisconsin a few months back protests over Governor Walker’s reform measures resulted in raucous protests and many Americans were shocked to see a normally quiet city become front page news as throngs of people filled the streets and many worried violent riots would erupt.
I know it’s tempting to get so wrapped up in day to day life that it’s easy to miss the big picture. This is a normal, human desire to find reassurance in the familiar and ignore all the evidence that even here in the USA the fabric of society can be torn wide open without warning. As with Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath in cities like Houston and Atlanta, natural disasters can trigger massive suffering and social unrest and the reality is that if you are not prepared when these things happen you may very well not survive or get a second chance.
Which brings me to a simple question I get all the time from people who basically agree that it’s important to get prepared and the answer is critical to understand…
Is it better to be prepared to survive in your house, without leaving, being able to resupply, and without utilities, for 40 days and 40 nights?
Is it better to be fully prepared for any disaster that has ever been conceived or that has a possibility of happening?
In theory of course it is better to be prepared for anything but the reality is that is nearly impossible to PLAN for ‘anything’ and without a plan you won’t really get prepared. Add that to the fact that while disaster can strike any time and society can break down into disorder without warning, the disruption that you must plan to survive without outside aid is a few weeks or a month at most.
With the Fastest Way To Prepare plan, you can get your brain wrapped around a plan and actually achieve it.
With the ‘anything/anywhere’ plan, you NEVER have enough, you never finish, and you will end up with a very unbalanced plan.
Right now I can’t get into the details of the Fastest Way To Prepare plan because that’s a bigger topic than I can cover here today – but I will soon.
Instead, for now I want to make sure that you are fully awake because I just had a shocking experience recently.
See, disasters are “go” time for first responders.
During or after a disaster, it’s time for police, military, firemen, medical professionals, and other professionals like utility workers to take care of business.
The strange irony though is that first responder families are especially at risk.
Why? Because while first responders are taking care of everyone else, their families are left to take care of themselves.
Worse, many of these same families have slacked off on preparedness training and stocking up BECAUSE there’s an expectation that the “hero” in their family will take care of them. When their first responder is off saving the day, the families left behind can be lost if they don’t have a pre-defined network or solid plan in place.
Here’s the shocker that inspired me to write this post today.
I was at an event recently with over 200 disaster first responders from all skill backgrounds.
When asked how many had a 30 day supply of food for their families, can you guess how many hands went up?
Two first responder families out of 200 were prepared to self-support for 30 days.
It was another instance of the cobblers’ kids having no shoes.
The other 198 were evidently planning on their families becoming victims and refugees dependent on handouts that may or may not arrive…just like everyone else.
I want better for my loved ones.
I want better for my fellow first responders who will be key in the recovery process after disasters.
And I want better for you.
Like I said in the beginning of this post, it is human and understandable to get wrapped up in day to day life and put off getting prepared or feeling overwhelmed that you don’t know how to prepare for absolutely anything. But while I understand, I’m here today to tell you that will be of small comfort if a disaster strikes and you’re not ready. Believe me, if only 2 out of 200 first responders aren’t prepared, the odds are that you aren’t prepared either.
As for feeling overwhelmed and trying to plan for any conceivable disaster, remember, the most critical time that you must be prepared to survive is 30 days. That’s why the foundation of my latest survival plan is 40 days – that gives you a 10 day buffer above and beyond to give you peace of mind.
In the next few days I’m going to talk more about what you must have in your 40 day plan so stay tuned. For today, just commit to getting a preparedness plan in place and stay awake and alert because now is NOT the time to be complacent.
God bless and stay safe,