No Excuse

Procrastination is an odd thing – the act implies conscious acknowledgement yet steeps in murky denial. Logic loops between “must do” and oblivion, the latter being a comfortable state of irreverent complacency.

This is how most people view emergency preparedness. Cautionary tales of 72 hours without government assistance, diminished or complete lack of electricity, and collapsed infrastructure seem too incredible to fathom.

There’s no excuse worth the lives of your family. Linked below is the 26 week guide to emergency preparedness. It isn’t rocket science – print it off, stick it on the fridge door and stop procrastinating.

Missing the Cold War

Reading a post the other day by wordpresser Robert Nielsen – Why Did Communism Fail – set me pondering in another direction. I started thinking about how my post WW2 childhood placed my generation smack dab in the middle of paranoia central. The threat of nuclear annihilation ever present, fresh off McCarthy era Communist witch hunts, Kennedy assassinations, and the bay of pigs – Cold War paranoia served us well – we were prepared; people weren’t considered wing nuts for stocking a fall out shelter or filling the pantry with canned food.

Once the Cold War evaporated, so too did our sense of impending doom. Happy as I was to show doom the door; my children spared sleepless nights worrying about a slow death from radiation poisoning – the fall of Communism took with it our ability to fathom a world where we might have to fend for ourselves.

We live in a vastly different world today. Not even 9/11 or North Korea pounding it’s chest, replaces the void left by a departing Cold War. The cold war era was practical if nothing else, people prepared as best they could. At the very least families talked about contingency plans  Without the internet, cell phones, or bank cards, people had to plan ahead. Problems were approached differently, and solved with good old fashioned ingenuity.

I don’t loose sleep fretting about impending disaster. I write posts on solar flares, asteroids, and super volcanoes because it blows my mind that our planet supports life in the first place. Equally mind blowing is my conclusion that for all our progress and technology, I’d place my bet on the survival of cold war era society over today. The cold war is history, the product of a time vastly different, and impossible to compare with the modern world. That said, it was a time when technology or not, it was accepted, talked about, and prepared for. I miss the sensible middle ground of a time when people thought about having to take care of themselves.

By default the cold war era prepared us for an infinite number of calamities. With each passing decade since, our self preservation becomes more about packing a firearm than storing food, water, and a hand cranked flashlight. It’s entirely possible that I’m just getting old, yet boldly ponder a simpler time when nuclear annihilation was tackled with sensible preparations.

Ponder Life Without Electricity

Imagine for a moment what you would do if faced with the prospect of no power. Once you got past your initial panic, what would be your first move? Cut off from the world, no internet, cell phone , or television, would you hunker down waiting to be rescued or would you rise to the occasion? Forget your bank or credit cards, pumping gas, or running to the corner store. Would you try to find water? Perhaps you’ve taken the time to get to know your neighbours, would you pool resources?

An automated world makes it impossible to get money. Gas pumps run on electricity. As the saying goes – Three days, or nine meals to anarchy. Would you try to leave the city before the phenomenon known as “mass migration” set in on the third day? Do you have water? How about food, or resources to trade for supplies you need?

This link is great if you want some guidelines to start your own emergency kit. It’s set up to allow you to build your kit over time.



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