June 2, 2017
When I first started my emergency preparedness journey, I could hardly contain my excitement about all the new things I was learning. My biggest fear in approaching others, was that I would come off as a evangelistic maniac. Once I curbed my enthusiasm, I noticed people’s receptiveness to emergency preparedness was based on four different belief systems regarding disasters
1, “It’s” NOT going to happen.
Whatever “It” is, they don’t belief it will happen. News on TV, radio, newspapers and the internet is just “hype”. Denial is the path of least resistance.
2. It’s gonna happen, but it won’t affect me.
Earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, forest fires, gigantic snowstorms with power outages, only affects other countries/states/regions/people.
3. It’s gonna happen, it will affect me, but it won’t be that bad.
If they minimize the affects of a disaster, they don’t have to think about it, much less change any behaviors. After all, don’t they have 10 extra cans of baked beans in the pantry and a case of bottled water in the garage?
4. It’s gonna happen, it will effect me and be really bad, so there’s no point in preparing.
These people are truly doomsday thinkers.
I choose a 5th response. Because “It” is going to happen, affect me, and be really bad, I choose to make sure my family is prepared because when I know my family is safe and prepared, it frees us all up to help others. In times of disaster, I’d rather be part of the solution, than standing in a FEMA line, any day of the week.