©2012 Rock Cowles
Emergency Preparation is not about living in fear, TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It), or even Armageddon. Its about better safe than sorry. Its hoping for the best and planning for the worst, not getting caught with your pants down or your kilt up.
Most sensible people who can afford it have home, health, life, and auto insurance. They keep a spare tire, jack, jumper cables, a small tool kit, flares, and maybe a can of Fix-A-Flat in their vehicles and spare cash in their wallets. They go to the gym and work out and try to eat healthy foods. They have shutters on their windows, emergency brakes in their cars, and savings accounts. Are they paranoid or bowing down to the Fearmongers? No, they are being prepared, just in case, because shit does happen.
Preparation is optimizing our chances to have man-made or natural short term or long term disasters or emergencies cause as little disruption to our lives as possible and minimizing threats to home, life, or limb as possible.
It also offers the joy and peace of mind of attaining as much self-reliance as possible.