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I just got back from speaking at the Taipan Publishing Group’s Survival Summit in Las Vegas. They put together a solid event and had a great bunch of people. We had some fun with shirts from FreePatriotTShirts.com and I got to answer some questions at the end, but wish I would have had time for more. Welcome to those of you who were at the summit who are joining us for the first time.
Back in March, I talked about how the last 3 times the comet Elenin lined up with the Earth and Sun, that there were major earthquakes in Haiti, New Zealand, and Japan and that I was waiting to plan any trips for the last half of September at the time. I didn’t know if there was a causal or coincidental relationship between Elenin and the earthquakes, but I wanted to wait and see before planning on being away from home.
Time passed, Elenin got closer, and it became more and more evident that it was going to be a non-event, so we did the Vegas trip. Ironically, it’s believed to have been hit by a solar flare/coronal mass ejection from a recent solar storm and is rapidly breaking up.
This has been interesting to watch. The fact that 3 major earthquakes happened when Elenin was lined up with the Earth and Sun was hard to dismiss off hand. In addition, the incredibly unprofessional and condecending way that NASA dismissed the theories, seemed to be more like calculated deflections from a White House press secretary rather than the scientific arguments I would have liked to see from NASA. In any case, I’m glad that it’s not going to be a problem.
Back in March, I also said that the theory that Elenin might cause earthquakes in September wouldn’t really affect us between March and September, no matter how likely or unlikely it was. There were a few reasons for this…first, if it destroyed life on Earth, we’re right with God so that won’t really be a problem for us. Second, we knew that if we got overly excited about every possible disaster that came on to our radar, we’d probably die of heart attacks before ever being affected by a disaster. And third, we knew that the general preparedness steps that we’ve taken would help us regardless of what kind of a disaster happened or when it happened and that the potential threat of Elenin was just one more potential life changing disaster to add to the dozens of others that I continually monitor.
There’s still a LOT of interesting things going on from now through the end of the month, but only time will tell whether it’s a bunch of coincidences or something else. With everything going on in Denver especially, reading up on theories is one of those things that you can spend hours of time on (that you’ll never get back) and not get an inch closer to your preparedness goals.
This brings up an important lesson of preparedness…single event based preparedness seldom pays off.
What I mean by this is that if you prepare with a fury for a single disaster—like Y2K, Hurricane Irene, or Elenin—and it comes and goes without ending or upending your world, there’s a tendency to feel a little bit let down. It’s like preparing for a game or a fight and having it canceled minutes before it was supposed to start.
In addition, panicked buying for a single disaster usually ends up having multiple gaping holes, like 6 months of food and 6 days of water or 6 months of water and food and a generator to run the whole house, but only half a bottle of critical medication.
I DO still use impending potential disasters to help me get prepared, but it’s in a controlled manner.
As an example, I used a blizzard a couple of years ago to add another set batteries to my deep cycle battery bank. (As a note, don’t hook up deep cycle batteries that were purchased at different times. Switch back and forth if you need to.) I used the threat of approaching wildfires as a impetus to verify that we had supplies sufficiently distributed between locations so that we wouldn’t be wiped out by a single fire. I used the threat of rolling blackouts to upgrade my inverter from a modified sine wave to a pure sine wave inverter & fill the empty spaces in my fridge/freezer with water.
You get the point. Basically, I looked at my list of preparedness things that I wanted to do at some point in the future, figured out which one would have the biggest impact if the impending disaster actually did happen that I had the time/money/space to do, and I used the disaster to create the urgency in my mind to get it done.
It’s also wise to use “almost” disasters to help get you in motion, like the San Diego power outages that knocked out power for 5 million people. I don’t know how much more of a wake up call people need…in an instant, people lost electricity, water, the ability to buy with credit cards, get cash from ATMs, and there was a 1.9 million gallon sewage spill that made water that some may have planned on drinking in a disaster undrinkable. If you live in San Diego, I HOPE you’re redoubling your preparedness efforts.
The key is that I use my long term list of things that I want to get done for general preparedness that I had already come up with when there wasn’t an impending disaster instead of making spur of the moment decisions.
So, I encourage you to do the same thing. Make a list of the skills/items you would need to feel prepared for a range of disasters lasting a particular length of time and then use events in the news, natural disasters, accidents, and man-made disasters to give you the additional boost to get things knocked out.
That’s it for this week. I know it’s shorter than normal, but it’s also a VERY important concept to get your head around. Questions? Clarifications? Personal stories? Please share them by commenting below:
God Bless and stay safe,