Guys, The recent Oklahoma tornados are a great reason to be preparing for an emergency or natural disasterS, but not just that. Everybody discusses Bug Out Bags, Get out of Dodge Bags, SHTF scenarios, and more. It seems that preppers think that a SHTF scenario is when there is a nuclear bomb, electromagnetic pulse, meteor, or full economic collapse.
Well, in Oklahoma, there are many people having personal SHTF scenarios. They weren’t prepared for what happened, and there were dire consequences for many. I am actually writing this post in advance, but at the time of this post, the Death Toll was up around 40, and then somehow downgraded to 24.
Many people may feel a disconnect, and say that 24 isn’t that many, but I tell you if one of them were you, it would be a tragedy. If one of those 24 was someone you knew and loved, your issues would have been upgraded to possibly a SHTF.
Tornados, such as Oklahoma or Joplin, MO; hurricanes like in New Orleans, Floridia, and Virginia Beach; The financial impact of oil spills; and earthquakes in Missouri, Japan, and California are all examples of regional SHTF scenarios. These affect more than one person, over some distance.
Personal SHTF scenarios are a dime a dozen. Someone loses a job, Dad loses his life in a car accident or in a fight with cancer, or you are barely making ends meet when your car breaks down on you. I wouldn’t classify it as a full on disaster at any length, but over the last month, we had an expensive bed fall apart on us, garbage disposal melted down, our 5-ton air conditioner went out on us, and our bed break a second time in a different spot after I repaired the first break. I fixed the bed the first time, fixed the AC unit, but have to buy a new disposal and bed, because it is beyond repair now. It was really old anyhow. I may build a new one.
I don’t think any of this equates me to the distruction of Oklahome, but I tell you that anything can happen, and we need to work for financial sufficiency, our engineering abilities, and building abilities so we can fix what breaks, create new sustainable systems, and replace what we can’t fix.
I can bet a pretty large sum, that all the people that were hurt or killed were not in storm shelters.
Now, let’s look back at what I have said before about probability. Job loss is a larger probability of these natural disasters. These disasters are a bigger probability that economic collapse. Collapse is more likely than a meteor. Now if we are prepared for Job Loss, we will be quite on our way to being prepared for a natural disaster. If we then prepare for natural disasters, we will be that closer to being prepared for the economic collapse, EMP, or even the “zombie apocalypse”.
Let me urge you to continue to prepare for life’s scenarios, do it with the family, and make it fun (so you will continue to do it), and try not to overwhelm yourselves. Everyone needs to prep financially and for sustainability. We need to learn new skills, because many skills will overlap into other areas when it really matters.
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