EP Denial – Its a Problem

Posted by on Nov 15, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness | 0 comments

The percentages of people who are prepared for a disaster or an emergency are dismal despite the efforts of the Red Cross and other government agencies. Why is that?

Seriously, what are the chances anything is going to happen in the next ten to twenty years to a home or business owner in the Wasatch Valley?  It has been over 200 years since the last significant earthquake hit Utah and there have only been a handful of earthquakes these past 1000 years. Is it helpful or hurtful to describe disasters in cycles?  This is, in my opinion the reason why people do not pay attention to natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, mud slides, flooding, etc.

The four stages of denial are: 1. It won’t happen.  2. If it does happen, it won’t happen to me.  3. If it does happen, and it does happen to men, it won’t be that bad.  4. If is does happen, and it is that bad, there is nothing I can do anyway so why try.  Which stage of denial are you in today?

Truth is, as we look back at Haiti, Katrina, wild fires in Southern California and other disasters, they happen any where, any time, with little advance warning. So perhaps a better question is: what is standing in the way of you putting together an emergency preparedness plan?

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