Say the word “disaster” and there is a good a chance the first thing that pops into your head are probably events like Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the Ebola scare, or the tornadoes and wildfires that have ripped through much of the country over the last couple of years.
The next and most dangerous thought most people have is:
“That will never happen to me.”
Most Americans think about disasters only in passing, or when it booms out over the nightly news…and then simply move on with their lives, leaving them unprepared and critically exposed.
But you are not “most Americans”, you have prepared….
Unfortunately there is something that you’ve forgotten… and it could wreak HAVOC on your survival plans.
You see,there are three glaring problems with this scenario.
First, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes are only 3 possibilities on a very long list of potential disasters.
Second, NO ONE is safe from disaster.
They happen to people like you, the nice neighbor next door, your friends and family across the country, and strangers in far off countries that you will never know.
Isn’t it amazing how human nature is such that we always think bad things will happen to everyone else and not us, like we are observers of life, rather than participants? We watch people on television suffering through the aftermath of a natural disaster and congratulate ourselves on being smart enough to live in an area where a disaster could not possible occur; right before we change the channel or go to sleep.
We are all optimistic; its part of our very nature and it is the ability to remain positive that allows us to thrive. However, when it comes to disaster planning, this optimism is one of the worst things to have. Depend on it and you are like an ostriches with your head in the sand.
When you review the numbers, it is clear that, as a whole, we have not learned anything from the slew of disasters that have struck our nation over the last few years.
Our optimism has clearly left us with a false sense of security.
Contrary to popular belief; A disaster does not have to kill hundreds of people, destroy millions of dollars worth of property, displace thousands of residents, or destroy a city to be considered devastating. Most of the time disasters happen a lot closer to home. This includes events like:
Unfortunately, We have developed an unreasonable faith in the ability of the overstretched, underfunded, overworked, and first responders.
We think that, during any emergency, we can just dial 911 and know that within minutes rescue will be on the way.
But the real truth is… That’s just not the case.
What if the phone doesn’t work and you can’t call 911?
What if the roads are closed or destroyed?
What if bugging out isn’t an option?
You need to be prepped and ready to ride out any storm in your own home at a moments notice without fear of being caught off guard.
You need a Home Survival Blueprint
And that my friend is the root of the problem…
You see most people focus all of their planning on bugging out. But for many people, that just won’t work…
They have people with them( family, friends, loved ones, or even themselves) who simply can not make the journey out of a city on foot.
And I do mean on foot. Unless you have an early warning system in place, getting out in a vehicle is next to impossible…
The transit system can only hold 1% of the population at any given time before it fails… Imagine how bad it will get when EVERYONE is trying, desperately to escape the city… (and you thought rush hour was bad!)
This was the EXACT case with my family…
Hi, I’m Joe Marshall but you may know me as ‘Above Average’ Joe.
I am the chief editor of Survivallife.com
I have become well respected in the survival and preparedness community.
But that wasn’t always the case…
In fact, it took one catastrophic storm and the near loss of my ENTIRE family to open my eyes and make me see just how important emergency planning really is…
What I’m about to share with you is incredibly embarrassing, and was the most humbling experience of my life, but I need to share it with you so you understand just how quickly things can go wrong.
And just how important your planning NOW is to the safety and security of your family.
It all started in September of 2005, inthe middle of Hurricane Rita when they didn’t get out in time…
They were forced to evacuate Houston… FAST
They had a bug out plan and the put it into action immediately.
They thought they had a disaster plan ready for anything… until they got a nasty dose of reality. You’ll probably spot some similar and potentially deadly mistakes lurking in your survival plan in a second, but here’s how it went for my Mom and Dad:
First the radiator in my stepmother’s car blew up…
Then, while they were trying to move everything over to my dads truck, they were threatened, had their window smashed and were robbed of the precious little water they were counting on get them through this…
When they did FINALLY manage to make it to “safety”..