If you where one of those people standing in line for days for a gallon of water to bring home to your family during Hurricane Katrina, you could understand the point of being somewhat prepared for anything, tornado, snow, hurricane, man made etc. Those TV shows always show the extreme cases.
In my life I have traveled through the poorest parts of the world where people live in card board huts, disease is rabid, and hope is never found.
I always yell at the TV screen when the camera person says send money to us; I yell give them your lunch you Fat B@#Tard... Then you read about only $.05 of every dollar getting to these people while the charity CEO makes half a million and throws lavish expensive parties to make even more.
I agree with you, people always take things to the extreme. But, I'm not going to be one of those people walking to the Store only to be met with violence and endless lines while my family is left unprotected at home.
It is easy for me to be prepared; I only drink 6 Ensures a day. So if I buy 6 cases, I can survive for 2 weeks. Period. But my wife and daughter need real food, real water.
I am not one of those nuts that has everything figured out; but being a special forces marine, I was trained to survive on my own for an extended amount of time. I have enough bullets to get me to a gun store and get what I need. I always keep 72 - 16 oz bottles of water, I will up that to 144 max, cost $15.00. I got $10.00 of Ramen Noodles. That's 100 meals. I have a small freezer in the garage, with frozen meats; vegetables recycled every 3 months etc. I have a stand by generator that powers the whole house if necessarily, we lose power here all the time so it has already paid for itself by keeping us warm and the refridge running while our neighbors ran to their Sister in Laws or froze listening to my Generator noise.. Cost of the generator installed less than $5000.00, cost of a new roof $7000.00+, kitchen $20000.00+, front stairway $9000.00+, new washer & dryer $3000+. You figure out what is more important. The goal is not to leave home, but to stay safe at home while the rest of the world around you tries to figure it out.
It doesn't take a lot of money, just enough for 2 weeks.That's all I ask of my friends, but they laugh it off also. It is impossible to believe that your level of life will ever change, but I have seen it over and over again. If it never happens great, I'm out maybe $100.00 of food and water. People spend their lives savings building these elaborate structures and massive plans but in reality if you can last 2 weeks, you'll have the pick of most of them.
That is one of the reasons why many people around the world hate Americans. We are entitled, nothing ever bad will ever happen to us, we expect better treatment than the less fortunate. I have made many friends worldwide by being able to appreciate what is offered, and thankful for a roof over my head, even if its card board. Most nations requires every citizen to serve in their military man and woman, but here we have more people complaining about our military than serve. Freedom of speech is a right here until your caught mountain climbing into another country that doesn't care about your rights. then you play the I'm American card, it can't happen to me. But guess what anything can happen to you at anytime.
For your families sake at least store some water!
"People only see what they are prepared to see."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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