Little known fact about us: The wife and I are preppers.
No, we’re not some crazy, unhinged militants who think that the world is going to end in 2012, we don’t believe that the zombie apocalypse is just around the corner, or hold any stock in Mr. Prophet telling us that the end is nigh. Rather, we’re ready in case of an earthquake, a prolonged power outage, or any other tragic event that can cripple our delicate infrastructure.
And if we had to, we could eat for at least three months with our stock of food and water, we have a nice collection of medical supplies, clothes, and camping equipment, and if push comes to shove, we can protect ourselves with deadly force.
And no, we’re not “survivalists”. We’re normal, urban professionals. We’re college graduates burdened with a mortgage. We have a two-year-old and a cat. We don’t have any strange habits. We pay our bills on time and have never broken the law.
We just so happen to be prepared to provide for ourselves should the worst ever happen.
We know what a BOB is, and have ours ready. We have an escape plan should we need to leave the home. And we know our neighbors and have come to find out that we’re not the only ones who think about, and prepare, for catastrophic events and can band together with others for support.
And it doesn’t take much before things start falling apart. Take, for example, the power outage the west coast experienced in September 2011. Power went out at 4pm across California, Arizona, and Mexico, and wasn’t restored until late the next day. Gasoline pumps no longer functioned, people were trapped in elevators, ATM cards were useless, stores closed down, and traffic was snarled.
What would happen if the power remained out for 24 hours?. What if it remained out for days? Weeks? How would the average person cope?
It’s this sort of thing that we think about, and I’m relieved to know that my family is prepared for just such an event.
And what’s interesting is that the National Geographic Channel has a new upcoming show entitled Doomsday Preppers. I have yet to see this show, but after watching some of the clips on their website I have a concern over how they portray people who prepare for disasters. What I would like to see is less of the sketchy-type, crazy-eyed individuals and more of the average “I can’t believe Bob from accounting preps” type of people, if for nothing other than to put more of a positive spin on a subject that, in my opinion, should be taken seriously by everybody.
Again, I’m an optimist who likes to believe that society will keep on trucking. But then again, if it doesn’t, what harm can it do to stock some extra food and water?