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Psychology of Survival: Ignorance

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Ignorance – After September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and even the Bastrop County wildfires, it is hard to believe that people can still be ignorant about disaster preparedness; but it does still happen.

It usually stems from the thought that we will all be taken care of by the government. Preparedness has begun to become more of a standard lifestyle thanks to FEMA and the boom of 72 hour kits available.  Unfortunately most people will only have a maximum of 7 days’ worth of supplies and others don’t even know how much they actually need to store in order to have a 7 day supply of food and water.  Many people have a single case of water and think that it will see them through any disaster.  Unfortunately Hurricane Katrina was not enough to prove to these people that the government may not come in like the cavalry precisely three days after an emergency.

Many of my friends and family were left for over a week in the wake of Hurricane Rita without fresh water food and power.  It was only in the aftermath of Katrina, less than a month before, that they were shaken out of their ignorance and had stocked a pallet of emergency food and a couple hundred gallons of water in the storm cellar.

Unfortunately in most cases, ignorance can only be overcome by someone who has survived a disaster firsthand.  The best way to break an ignorant lifestyle is to educate yourself and your family.  Stay abreast of all natural disasters and look at the localized history of disasters in your area so that you are not preparing for a hurricane when odds are an earthquake is more likely to strike near you.

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  1. Varian Wrynn

    October 8, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    I took CERT training at the local fire department and they flat out told us FEMA won’t even make a decision to help for 7 days. My employer recommends storing food/water for 14 days.

    • Joe

      October 9, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Hello again Varian!

      I agree that 7 days is nowhere near enough, it is a good start but you can never have enough water or enough skills on how to purify your own water. Remember that a gallon a day is the absolute bare minimum and does not account for cooking , sanitation or anything else that you may need water for.

      Joe

  2. Barb Tucker

    October 8, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Better yet, have at least a one year supply of food and water. More is even beter.

  3. Barb Tucker

    October 8, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Barb Tucker-correction-better

  4. Norma

    October 8, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Seems most folks anymore won’t do anything about anything until it hits close to home.

    • Joe

      October 9, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Norma, it does seem that way, sadly that was the case for me. That is actually why I created this site, I want to keep people educated in preparation and survival skills while at the same time removing the stigma that “preppers are crazy”. I look forward to hearing more from you!
      Joe

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