Sunday, April 3, 2011
Part of the solution
I have a confession. We just recently ordered our supply of K103 Potassium Iodide. We were part of the pathetic masses that caused a run with all of the K103 suppliers, resulting in a temporary shortage of K103 at a critical moment in the history of nuclear catastrophes. We were part of the problem.
Preparedness, in general, presupposes being prepared. We are the ones who always have extra coleman fuel "just in case". We have stores of food, medical supplies, clothing, com gear, baby diapers and, of course, feminine hygiene products. We stock tow straps, motor oil, nuts and bolts and welding rod. Basically, we've got the beans, bullets and band-aids covered. But not the K103. We'd thought about it on numerous occasions, but we prided ourselves on not being "that" paranoid. Really, would we want to live through a nuclear attack? A nuclear accident never even occurred to us! And then when it happened, we became part of the problem.
The reality of the matter is that ALL preppers that I know have the intention of helping not just themselves, but innumerable members of their family, their friends and those less prepared (I was going to say less fortunate, but I truly believe we have all had the chance to see the signs of the times and prepare!). They fully intend to be part of the solution when TEOTWAWKI strikes, not yet another drain on already taxed resources. The minute turmoil strikes, these forward thinking families will immediately jump into action. Because of their prepared mindset, they will be the ones offering aid and comfort to a world gone mad. But only if they truly have thought of every eventuality and have taken appropriate measures to prepare for the very likely scenarios destined for their backyard.
The situation in Japan has been sobering on many counts. It has made me think along lines I had not previously explored. It has reminded me, yet again, how very vulnerable we all are. It has redoubled my resolve to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
Truth be told, we should have had a supply of K103 in store. With the advent of the nuclear crisis in Japan, we should have been able to ship our supply to Japan and then resupplied when the panic died down. Not only should our family have been protected, we should have had the ability to provide for other families as well. Shame on us.
As preppers, the signs of the times are as numerous as roadsigns on a major highway. But like roadsigns, we often just pass them unnoticed. Now is the time to slow down, read the signs and act accordingly. If you live near a fault line, prepare for an earthquake - it is coming. If you live near a nuclear power plant, prepare for an nuclear accident. If you live near an ocean, prepare for a tsunami. If you live in the city, prepare for civil unrest, rioting and looting. If you live in tornado country, prepare for a tornado. If you have a job and a steady income, prepare to lose it. Think now to live later. Be part of the solution - don't be part of the problem.