Introduction

Why should anyone prepare for “Potential Disasters”?

Take a minute to view this quick video from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). 6 Important Things To Know Before a Disaster Strikes. As the video says, “Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can.”

The concept of “doomsday preparation” often creates images of batty individuals doing strange things because they think the world is about to end.

With shows like “Doomsday Preppers” on TV, it’s not hard to see why there is a general consensus that anyone who is preparing for the “end of the world” must be at least partly off his rocker.

However, the undeniable truth remains that natural disasters and manmade catastrophes can strike at any time, with zero warning.

When someone discovers my “disaster habits” they often laugh because I have been putting so much effort into this preoccupation of mine for the past 10 years or so.

I personally believe that a titanic natural disaster is looming in the horizon, not because of global warming (well, that’s a contributing factor) but because Mother Nature will be Mother Nature.

Natural disasters are simply cyclical events in nature that occur because the “ingredients” of these events have always been available.

These natural events are not going away any time soon!

Why should we remain vigilant about disasters?

Mother Nature isn’t going to be considerate because humans have built modern houses and are comfortable with Wi-Fi and gadgets. Mother Nature will remain the way she was, millions of years ago; constantly changing, evolving and creating the way she knows how.

Now, there are also some instances when someone comes up to me and tells me that my “doomsday scenario” is never going to take place and I’m just wasting time with everything that I’m presently doing.

When I’m in this type of exchange, I just smile at the person and move on. Why? Because I also personally do not want my doomsday scenario to play out as I had envisioned it in my mind.

No one in their right mind would want such a major catastrophe to hit their city or town.

No one would naturally desire for a major disaster to take place and claim property and lives. But the fact of the matter is that it can happen at any time.

Is disaster preparation motivated mainly by fear that something might happen?

At first, I thought all my efforts preparing were fear-driven. Let me be the first to admit that deep down, all “survivalists” or “disaster preppers” are afraid that a catastrophe is going to hit one day.

However, it would be completely wrong to think that people like us are primarily fear-driven.

 We’re not driven by fear – we are driven by a much stronger motivation: survival. At the core, anyone who prepares for any kind of doomsday scenario is a survivor – someone who will not take things lying down.

My father taught me the value of hard work and preparation. He said that a prepared man beats a strong man at any game. And then often adds, with a smile “life is a game, son.”

I believe that preparing in advance for any kind of disaster is a most intelligent move.

Many people don’t like the idea because they’ve all seen the extreme side of the spectrum on TV. I don’t hide my amazement when I see families who have created water purifying systems or a fully functional farm with crops and animals that can be used for food later on.

However, I have to remember something that’s more important than what other people are doing – my own unique survival goals.

I plan and set goals because I want to keep my family safe in case something bad does happen. I’m not preparing for a doomsday scenario because I want the world to end.

I’m preparing because I don’t like being caught off guard. I’m preparing because I believe that my family would have a much higher chance of survival in case a disaster strikes in the middle of the night.

And that my friends, is my main motivation for preparing for disaster.

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