Earthquakes. Tsunamis. Nuclear Meltdowns. The Tragedy in Japan is a Heartbreaking Reminder to Prepare. - Page 3
Interestingly, social media is playing a role in survival. I heard an American in Japan telling a story about how all communications were down, but people were able to “tweet” successfully. He spent the morning setting up twitter accounts for his wife and children so they could stay connected--whatever it takes. I am now reconsidering giving my children cell phones. I am one of the few that has held back cell phone privileges from my tweenagers.
As humans, we are very good at denying reality when faced with the possibility of disaster. This phenomenon is called “the normalcy bias” and it often keeps us from taking precautions that could save lives. I urge you to get out of denial, put aside the emotions and think about emergency preparedness. I am two months into my own efforts. It takes considerable time and a little bit of extra cash, but with each item I cross off my check list, I feel more at ease. Much remains to be done. Food and water storage is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. Purchasing and assembling supplies takes a concerted effort. For the best results, involve the whole family in the process.
While chances are good that we will become victims of a catastrophe, we are not powerless. Crisis reminds us of the importance of our relationships, the fragility of life, and the necessity of preparation. How did observing the events in Japan change your views on preparedness? What are you doing to get prepared?