Glenn Beck – Part 2

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

Picking up where I left off a couple weeks ago from Glenn Beck’s FB fan page (http://cot.ag/bZ3KH1) over 1700 men, women, and children responded with comments and a Justin Bieber like 12,000+ “liked” the post! Many comments were a sort of hysteria, which continues to plague preparedness in general in my judgment.

Some on the FB site complained about being broke and not being able to pay their bills as it stands.  I have some who buy my containers who have spent thousands of dollars on preparedness. Most customers buy what they need – some pails or containers for food storage for example. Some like the Gamma type grain vaults. Others like five and six gallon pails with Gamma lids. It does not matter.

I know men and women who refuse to be educated in matters of self-reliance because they are convinced they cannot afford it. Truth is, there are just as many who have figured out a system and they get everything they need without paying anything out of their monthly food budget. How can this be true you ask – let me share a few ways.

As I wrote on November 23, a disaster is NOT a prerequisite to making self-reliance a natural part of your food and water budget. Preparedness is about paying attention, and not following a certain religious practice. Mother nature is not a bigot or prejudice as demonstrated this past year in Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and California. Man made setbacks in Massachusetts (Boston’s “boil water order”), a well meaning construction worker in your neighborhood breaks a water main, etc. happens every day of the week. Having spare water and full pantry is just plain smart as situations arise regardless of your religion or income bracket.

Information is free and readily available at your fingertips. Here on the Internet, at your local library, and in some cases your local Church. The Red Cross and other organizations and companies have free classes you can attend to increase your knowledge, self-reliance skill set, and help you make a plan.  Applied knowledge is freedom from the bondage of status quo.  Preparedness is simply about being ready for those changes in such a way that you can adapt in a good way despite them.

Being prepared takes some effort. Most of us, including the person typing this, is hard wired for getting what we want, when we want it. That being said, what most of us are not aware of is that in some way we are already practicing preparedness. You carry a spare tire in your car right? You have insurance right? You watch the ads for sales to buy things for a good price right? You try to manage your money by watching what you spend and how you spend it, cash or credit card, etc. right? Being prepared adequately is about widening your circle. Increasing your own sense of comfort that allows you to be more present to the needs of those around you. It is a powerful way to live. The word is charity.

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