Emergency Preparedness efforts don’t mean that “they” can solve all the problems that occur. It just means they are doing the best they can or want to do. Who are they? They are Federal, State, local governments, companies, and individuals. And, the fact is they can only do so much with their emergency preparedness efforts and they can only know a small amount of information. That is why you should have Everything Prepared.
The reality is governments cannot respond as fast or as well as we would like. Often, they don’t respond as we think they should. Unless we are prepared, we must wait for them. And even then, we are at the mercy in how well they are prepared or what they do.
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Companies and other individuals can only do so much.
Secret #1: 72 Hour kits
The first emergency preparedness secret is that sometimes response to an emergency is quick, but often it is very slow. Sometimes, a 72 hour kit will not be enough. There are times when it may take a week or more for you to get help. Part of getting everything prepared means getting more than just a 72 hour kit.
Just go to Google and do a search using the words “FEMA slow response” (without the quotation marks) and see how many comments are there. State and local agencies have the same problem and most are ill prepared to handle any emergencies.
Secret #2: Food Recalls
Food recalls can leave you hungry, poor, or both. This emergency preparedness secret has come to fruition many times. In February of 2008, according to NPR, the USDA recalled about 143 million pounds of meat from a California slaughterhouse because some of the cows were crippled. In the beginning of 2009 there was a huge recall of peanut butter. This has left many agencies trying to restock their supplies.
As these foods are removed from our food supply the total supply goes down. Simple supply and demand economics take effect and in many cases, cause the prices to go up. As you prepare your food storage, you won’t have to worry.
Secret #3: No Grain Reserves
At one time, the U.S. had a large strategic grain reserve, but recently, this reserve has been depleted. If there is even one major crop disaster, grain prices could soar. Just take a look at what happened when gas prices skyrocketed. The cost of farming, transportation, and etc. made food prices rise significantly. Imagine what would happen if there was a massive crop failure due to flooding or drought.
The recent fanatical development of biofuels has also created an increased demand for certain grains and has caused grain prices to soar. This has caused even more demand. It has also created an increased demand for fertilizers. Fertilizers that once cost about $200 per tonne (pre-2008) were selling for over $1,000 per tonne at the height of the 2008 economic mess. This has effected the prices of food and the ability of farmers to grow higher yield crops.
According to Gwynne Dyer (Energy Bulletin – October 10, 2006) in How Long Can the World Feed Itself? “We are still living off the proceeds of the Green Revolution, but that hit diminishing returns twenty years ago. Now we live in a finely balanced situation where world food supply just about meets demand, with no reserve to cover further population growth. But the population will grow anyway, and the world’s existing grain supply for human consumption is being eroded by three different factors: meat, heat and biofuels.
“For the sixth time in the past seven years, the human race will grow less food than it eats this year. We closed the gap by eating into food stocks accumulated in better times, but there is no doubt that the situation is getting serious. The world’s food stocks have shrunk by half since 1999, from a reserve big enough to feed the entire world for 116 days [less than 4 months] then to a predicted low of only 57 days [less than 2 months] by the end of this year.”
As you prepare, there is no need to worry, because you will have everything ready.
Secret #4: Local Governments Aren’t Ready
Most cities do not have everything prepared to ensure fresh water delivery in the event of an emergency. Emergency preparedness in this area of water storage obviously seems to be lacking. People need water, but often in major disasters, a fresh supply of water will be unavailable for days or weeks. Many cities rely on just enough equipment to supply the immediate daily needs of its population.
As you work on your emergency preparedness efforts, be sure you have at least a two weeks supply of water on hand for each person.
Secret #5: Patented Seeds
Over the past couple of decades, there has been an even stronger emergence of engineered seeds and food. The full effects of the changes have not yet been realized, however, some developments are very disturbing. The engineering of seeds makes it so you cannot guarantee that the seeds produced from engineered plants will produce the same quality harvest. Even worse, as much as 85% of the seeds on the market may be patented. What does that mean?
It means that if you let the plant go to seed and use that seed for planting, you are infringing on a patent and can be sued. Many farmers have found this out the hard way. Even one of the companies that has these “patented” seeds admits to suing farmers. After all, it is their legal right. They own the patent. So if companies are getting up to 85% of the seed market (so called “good business”), to whom do we become dependent upon? That’s right. We become dependent upon the company that provides them. The only real and viable option is heirloom seeds.
Secret #6: Energy Supplies
Just as in Emergency Preparedness Secret #4, cities also cannot ensure a stable supply of energy (gas, electricity, etc.) to power even the most basic needs. In fact, some cities have gone without power for more than a week. Power outages can occur anytime due to weather or even power company equipment outages.
Can you imagine not having heat in the winter or air conditioning in the summer for over a week? Well, those situations exist and many, unfortunately, have died from them.
In very short order, food begins to spoil and become infested with germs than can leave you seriously ill or even dead. Massive neighborhood BBQ anyone? Oh…wait…how will we cook it?
Secret #7: Emergency Preparedness Can Be Fun
As indicated above, there is a real threat. I know the above information sounds a little like fear mongering, but that is not how it is intended. It was intended to make you aware. You see…we have auto insurance in case we get in an accident, health insurance in case of medical problems, life insurance in case of death, and many other types of insurance. But…how many have emergency preparedness “insurance?” Insurance brings peace of mind. It helps us realize that we have minimized some of the risk.
Don’t focus on the fear. If you are just working on emergency preparedness out of fear, you will never realize the full benefits of having everything prepared. Too many people and so called specialists and experts focus on the negative. They try to scare you into preparing. That is like screaming and yelling at someone until they become happy. It doesn’t work.
Actually, emergency preparedness is fun and can be fun. My family decided to “Go without Power” or shopping for a few days. The kids occasionally still talk about it and ask if they can do it again. Personally, I like having electricity, but it goes to show you that emergency preparedness can be fun. Another benefit, it also gives you peace of mind. If you are prepared , you will not fear (at least not as much).
It is amazing how much peace you can have when you have enough money to carry you for a few months in the event of income loss due to layoffs, termination, etc. There is a gentle reassurance that everything will be alright. You will be able to protect and take care of your family. You will be able to weather life’s little twists and storms.
It truly is an amazing feeling.
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