Sunday, January 21, 2007

Prepare for the Unthinkable

Preparing for the possibility of disaster is logical in mathematical terms. If we can agree on defining "disaster" to include not only widespread catastrophe, but also such things as unexpected personal financial downturns, job loss, serious illness or injury, residential displacement, legal troubles, major disruptions and disconnections in one's immediate family, then obviously, the odds are very strong that having some resources set aside for rainy days can pay-off at some point for most people.

Even narrowing the definition to simply include unanticipated regional tragedies such as natural disaster damage, economic slides, or acts of war, then a strong case can still be made for carrying substantive on-site "insurance" against loss. We think nothing of shelling out thousands annually for financial insurance against long-shot calamities that may or may not have as much real impact as would getting flattened by "the big one." The pay-off of having the means to "dig oneself out" from the debris of disaster is often the difference between life and death.

Bottom line--crisis preparedness makes sense. Best estimates are that about 10% of American households put forth some effort to physically prepare for future difficulties.

What we are doing, when we set aside some long-term storage food, or we set up storm shelters or saferooms at home, or we prepare basic survival kits for our cars, is preparing for the unthinkable. At least we are recognizing that a few quick calculations and preemptive actions on our part can go a long way toward helping our odds of recovery should the worst happen.

Truly, even when we are doing these things that make sense to us on some internal level, we are not allowing ourselves to become TOO aware of what kind of misery we might be trying to forestall. To do so would be counterproductive and self-defeating. It would be too much information and too little congruity.

The Core Rationale is Emotional Vulnerability

Some make lists. They identify threat scenarios. They seek out experienced advice for how to attenuate risk. Systematically, these most diligent of preppers acquire the means and resources to put their minds at ease and to actually be well-situated for most potential disasters.

BUT, even these people, who take preparedness VERY seriously, do not spend much if any time fully trying to understand the pain and misery and emotional toll that comes with the worst events that they are preparing for.

Should they? No, of course not. But it's a crucial variable in the disaster-recovery situation that makes the case for preparedness all the more important. Physical, mental, and emotional shock and paralysis is normal and expected of survivors, post-catastrophe.

Folks emerging from a sudden disaster or those struggling through an ongoing, life-changing event are very often ill-equipped to think straight or to take positive action for themselves at that time. What that means is, they either are then totally dependent on the goodwill and competence of others, OR they are well-enough situated to be able to fall back on their prior introspection.

Figure the odds.

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