Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Why Bother Prepping?

One question that I see come up a lot is "What are you so worried about?" or "What could happen that makes you think you need all of that crap?" Obviously those people didn't pay much attention to the news after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Thousands died. There were packs of feral dogs roaming the streets. Neighborhoods were organizing to defend against looters. People were getting shot at. Some of them even shot back. Panicked government officials were ordering the disarmament of average citizens in a time when they most needed their guns for protection the most. Just read some of the testimonies and you'll see why it's not such a bad idea to prepare for the worst.

Even now we've got a serious situation that's affecting millions of Americans. The ice storms in the midwest knocked out power to a million homes. Unprepared people have been forced into Red Cross shelters because they couldn't keep their own homes warm enough. They're expecting some of the power outages to last as long as a week to ten days. Here's the story It doesn't seem that serious at first glance but I'll bet it's pretty serious to the people who can't stay in their own homes because it's too cold. It's easy to say "Oh that's just terrible. I feel so sorry for those people" when it's affecting them and not you. What do you do when you're the one that's affected, though?

The list of what could happen is endless. Just because it's not likely to happen doesn't mean that you should pretend that it can't, though. The odds that I'll die in a car accident are pretty slim but I still wear my seat belt, drive carefully and drive a car with a five star safety rating. The odds of me being in a defensive shooting situation are slim to none but I still have a concealed carry permit and I carry a gun with me whenever I leave my house. I've never been in or even seen a house fire in real life but I still have a fire extinguisher in my home. I have car and home owner's insurance even though I've never needed to file a claim with either. It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. That's the only reason that I need for my preps.


theotherryan said...

very well put.

BugOutBoy said...

Nuff said!