Last week I spent a little time giving you a little background on why and how I started trying to be more prepared. I also whined about the current state of affairs in this country and the fact that all is not puppy dogs and lollipops and being prepared is just as important as it was a back in November.
Over the last week or so, Wonderful Wife and I have spent a fair amount of time thinking about, and discussing, the future state of our preparedness plans. It was sort of a reexamination of our concerns and a reality check on what our priorities should be.
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Well, that is kinda’ the point of this post, so here they are in order of priority:
While it may come as a surprise to some of you, we are all mortal. We will all shuffle off this mortal coil at some point. For those who do not believe in a higher power, I assume this means that we will cease to exist and we will all just become worm food at this point. As a Christian, my views are a little different than that. Nevertheless, death comes to us all and we need to be prepared for that fact.
Some folks look forward to retirement. They can do that because the properly prepared for it ahead of time. For others retirement sneaks up behind them and bites them on one of any number of body parts and they end up as a burden on their families or eating dog food (cat food is way too expensive). I don’t think counting on Social Security counts as being prepared.
Whether it is a hurricane, a tropical storm, tornado or flash flood there is going to be some sort of severe weather that affects this part of the great state of Texas at some point. We want to be ready when it does.
4. Financial Disruption
Two and a half years ago I was laid off. Wonderful Wife and I delayed out wedding several times over the span of a couple of years because stuff happened and what we had saved for the wedding needed to be used for something else. Personal financial disruptions happen everyday around this nation. Those entrusted with spending other people’s money (our money) are not being very good stewards these days and that will, at some point, cause some very serious economic impacts on the rest of us. It is important to be prepared for if and when any of these begin to affect us.
5. Social Disruption
A quick glance at social media, the “real” news media, or the “peaceful” protests around our nation should be able to see why this one is important. Those caught unaware and unprepared will, like Reginald Denny, pay the price. We plan to do everything possible to see that we do not face his (or a worse) fate.
Next week we’ll start looking at each of these scenarios in more detail and begin to share our plans for dealing with them.