Crazy, Or Crazy Like A Fox?

28 Aug
New Orleans: Detail of graffiti on neighborhoo...

New Orleans: Detail of graffiti on neighborhood grocery shop in the back of town 7th Ward, still derilict over 3 years after the Hurricane Katrina levee failure disaster. Post disaster search & rescue “X” mark has been overlaid with graffiti reading “FEMA KILLS”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) (People from N.O. found out first hand how well they could depend on Uncle Sam to help them out)

We’ve all seen (or at least heard of) the show on T.V. called ‘Doomsday Preppers‘.  In fact, you’ve probably rolled your eyes, laughed or called them crazy, or know someone who has (I have!); but if you take a clear, honest look at the state of our world today, are they really that far off the mark?

How many people in New York were left in shock, with no plan, on 9/11?  When hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, how many people would have benefited from having a stockpile of food and water to last them at least a week?  It’s not just ‘Doomsday’ that these people are prepping for, it’s any disaster that can strike.  Look at Japan.  These people lived right next door to a nuclear plant, and yet had NO plan for what they should do in case there was a problem.  And there was.  Do you know how close you are to a possible nuclear fallout?  Do you even know how far the fallout from the closest nuclear facility to you would extend?  Do you live near a strategic nuclear target, like D.C. or a major military base and DON’T have a plan?  Maybe you need to redefine ‘crazy’.

If a natural (or man-made) disaster strikes near you, do you really trust FEMA, or any part of the government for that matter, to take care of you (especially looking back on the New Orleans fiasco)?  Do you want to rely on them arriving to help you in a timely fashion, with all of the things your family specifically needs?  If you’re diabetic, and disaster strikes, do you have enough insulin to last you until FEMA finally gets their act together?  Food? Water?

Not everyone sees the need for building a house out of shipping containers, or building a castle on top of a hill (but HOW awesome would that be, just because?) but you shouldn’t let your disdain for those who go to extremes blind you from doing the smart thing for you and your family, and the smart thing is to have a plan in place in case of any type of disaster in your area.  At the very least, each household should have an emergency bag prepared (or several, depending on the size and ages of those in it), ready to grab and run with, just in case.  You can make them yourself, or buy them complete and ready to go online.  You should also have a plan in place for what to do in case there’s an emergency and you’re all at home, as well as one for if the kids are at school, or you or your spouse are at work.  Could you imagine disaster striking, and you rush to your kid’s school, only to find out that because there wasn’t a plan, they’d tried to go home instead of waiting for you there?

The biggest things that ‘preppers‘ are preparing for is YOU, because when disaster strikes, wherever it strikes, the majority of people don’t have the means, know-how, or ability to take care of themselves, or to feed themselves and their children, and when people’s children are looking at them, crying because they’re hungry, they do crazy things.  Preppers don’t WANT to be lone wolves, holed up in an underground bunker out in the middle of nowhere, but that is where they feel will be the safest place for them to be, away from all of the UNprepared people who will then look to beg, borrow or steal from the stores they’ve worked so hard to put by.

In this day and age, with tensions between countries rising by the day, and disasters happening at an alarming rate, can you really afford NOT to prepare to some extent?

Like the old saying goes: It’s better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

What do you think?  Is it crazy to prepare for a disaster in a world that’s having more and more disasters every day, or is it crazy NOT to be prepared?

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20 Responses to “Crazy, Or Crazy Like A Fox?”

  1. MsTranquility August 28, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I’ve seen that show a few times and some of what they do makes sense, but some is just off the wall outrageous. I think it’s important to be prepared for any type of disaster, especially when you have kids, and *especially* with the current state of world affairs. You mentioned living near a military base and I have one almost in my backyard. On a good day you can practically see the pilots in the jets, they are flying so low, lol. 🙂

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    • KraftedKhaos August 28, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

      A lot of people consider living near a military base to be safe, but if you think about it, IF the United States were attacked – not by terrorists, but by another country – where would they strike first? Major cities, like New York and Washington D.C., and our military bases and other defenses. Being close isn’t necessarily a good thing.

      I, too, think people who have children should especially be prepared.

      I don’t think that everyone necessarily needs to go to the extent that the ‘preppers’ do on tv, but I do believe that everyone needs a plan, and they need to educate themselves on first aid and basic survival skills. Both of which we should all know, even if we just go for a hike in the woods!

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  2. Jamie August 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    I definitely feel it’s crazy to not be prepared, even though media will have you believe it’s the other way around. Anyways, I could really care less what people think, all I know is starving to death, or having to go to a FEMA camp is something I’ll try to prevent if possible!

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    • KraftedKhaos August 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

      I agree with you, Jamie. I don’t want to rely on the government after the FEMA fiasco in New Orleans.

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  3. nikkir1972 August 29, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    Being a prepper….I completely agree!!!
    Some of the ideas that get on the show are a little weird….some of them are off the wall but then again, someone might look at what I do and call it overkill.
    Extra food, water, first aid, clothes, medicines, running drills….my family does it all. I LOVE the Doomsday Castle:)

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    • KraftedKhaos August 29, 2013 at 1:12 am #

      The Doomsday Castle is AWESOME, just because who WOULDN’T love to live in a castle on the top of a hill? I’ve dreamed about it since I was a little girl, lol.

      I’ve just come to realize the importance of getting prepared for a disaster of any sort, and so I’m only just starting to learn about what I need to have, and what I need to KNOW. I’ve noticed that a lot of people are stocking up on stuff, but aren’t putting any time into learning how to USE it (for example – medical supplies – won’t do you any good if you don’t even know basic first aid!).

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      • nikkir1972 August 29, 2013 at 1:22 am #

        LOL yes. I have had first aid training in the past, as well as my husband, who was a former emergency rescue…so those skills are important and we are lucky to have them. While I’m not looking forward to spending a disaster with my hubby (our marriage IS a disaster lol) he is smart and knows what he is doing in this area. There is a lot to learn but you’ll get there…people really need to be prepared for anything. Even a little is better than doing nothing.

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        • KraftedKhaos August 29, 2013 at 4:12 am #

          I’m a CNA (which isn’t much good in the medical department, but if you need to properly be put on a bedpan, I’m your gal!) and first aid certified, and my dad’s an EMT… my mom has all the skills in preparing food (canning) but I’m looking into learning how to freeze dry at home and dehydration, as well as alternative ways to cook, like with solar ovens (who knew you could cook with the sun in so MANY ways??). I also would like to learn as much as I can about water (it’s more important than food!), like where to find it, how to purify it, etc.

          There are many areas that I know I need to work on, just in case a disaster ever strikes. I want to be able to help others, not be the one needing help.

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          • nikkir1972 August 30, 2013 at 1:40 am #

            Sounds like you also have some skilled people around you too…there are different ways to purify water, such as tablets that dissolve, life straws, or the old fashioned way of boiling off the impurities. I like the water system they built on Doomsday Castle, a hell of a lot of work but effective!:)

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            • KraftedKhaos August 30, 2013 at 7:52 am #

              Yeah, that water system was extremely clever.

              The problem with boiling water is that if you boil ‘municipal’ water, it actually concentrates the fluoride and stuff they add to it, unless you are actually ‘catching’ the steam, and re-converting it back to water, leaving the chemicals in the pan.

              I’m also trying to study local edible plant-life. Partly because if I can’t buy food, I need to know where to FIND it, and secondly, because it’s something I’ve always been interested in. 🙂 What better excuse to learn, lol.

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  4. projectwelamy August 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    That is a very interesting perspective! I’ve never thought about the matter like that before. I completely agree with your point, and my understanding of doomsday preppers has always been different, so I thought I would share my thoughts on the subject.
    The way I understood it, doomsday preppers are not so much “preparing” for the end of the world as trying to make others believe that it’s happening – at least that’s what seems to be one of their chief difficulties. It makes sense to prep for a huge disaster, but if the world is ending, then wouldn’t some people think there’s no point?
    While on one hand it may push some people to live more fully, as they have limited time, others may resort to the lifestyle of a pessimistic existential philosopher, wherein anything they do can seem absurd to them. I wonder what the psychological repercussions of the groups’ beliefs are?
    -Silvia

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    • KraftedKhaos August 30, 2013 at 7:49 am #

      Well, I guess that there are those who prep for ‘doomsday’ and those who prep for an unforeseen disaster, whatever that may end up being.

      Really, if you look at the history of all the superpowers throughout the history of the world, they’ve all had a huge disaster, something they weren’t expecting, that caused huge changes. It’s arrogant of us, as Americans, or others who live in the ‘leader’ countries, for us to think that we couldn’t fall like Rome. The Romans didn’t think anything could ever happen to their empire, either. A financial crisis is not out of the question for our country. The value of our dollar is dropping like crazy, inflation is skyrocketing, and pay is going DOWN (I’m basing this on the fact that the majority of new jobs that have been created in the last several years have been PART-TIME) or staying the same. SOMETHING has to give.

      I’d much rather be prepared, but never have to use my preparations, than to have the ‘you-know-what’ hit the fan, and be desperately trying to survive, or watching my family suffer, starving, or even dying.

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  5. spiritchild1972 September 4, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    I an promise you America is not going to be under attack from any foreign invaders. America is going to be to under attack from it’s own angry fed up people. The US government (and 4 others) will soon push their people one step too far and the lies will begin to unravel. When people realise the extent to which they hav been lied to Anarachy will ensue. I for one as someone who see’s the future can’t help but wonder if someone back before the Declaration of Independance was written knew something because of the bit about Making sure there is a malitia ready to stop any government before they get out of hand. And of course the ‘right to bear arms’ bit. It’s like someone knew one day the Citizen would have to stand up and take your great country back from the greedy, corrupt and evil. When people realise things like Al Qaeda doesn’t even exist (it was the term used on the soldiers the Amerians paid and armed to fight the Russians) and that it is the American Government supplying the chemical weapons to Syria and those photos of the victims (mostly children) was staged using actors and old stock images (a email has been leaked where a high ranking Colonel admits it is staged) 911 was an insider job and half of the so called terrorists who supposedly died on 911 are all still alive and the vaccination programmes have been disigned to kill us off not make us healthy then your in for one pissed off nation. How much more can people take? That preppers show is good but only a handful have the right reasons for prepping. It’s going to be from your own government that you go to war (not literally). But fore warned is fore armed and if you make sure you have enough supplies to last a month 3 to be safe, you’ll be fine. Keep your head down and if you don’t need it, well you’ll always have back up supplies for power cuts or snow storms. Keep your heads down and be prepared.

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    • KraftedKhaos September 6, 2013 at 7:00 am #

      Well, our friendship started the seed germinating in my mind, and the more I thought about it, and about all the natural disasters that we just aren’t taking the time to prepare for, I realized that it was just silly not to have ‘just in case’ supplies at the ready, at ALL times.

      We may not be able to be prepared for EVERYTHING, but we owe it to ourselves and our families to be prepared for SOME things.

      At least, that’s my opinion. 🙂

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  6. vozey September 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    Being prepared for disasters is something that people don’t generally prepare for, but I think is something that is important to do. People rarely prepare for emergencies.

    I mean, if your kid just drank a whole bottle of nail polish, what do you do?

    What is the number for Poison control?

    Should you induce vomiting?

    What can you give to induce vomiting?

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  7. vozey September 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    Choking is a leading cause of death. I wonder how many people know how to do the Heimlich maneuver. Do you think you could do a tracheotomy on someone?

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    • KraftedKhaos September 6, 2013 at 7:02 am #

      Heimlich maneuver, yes… doing a trache… probably not, but that’s because I don’t know if I have the stomach to cut into another human being… I can’t even watch it on TV… I don’t mind blood, but there’s something about the action of a knife/scalpel cutting through flesh… it makes me hurt to see.

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      • vozey September 6, 2013 at 7:09 am #

        Don’t know if I could. But if it were one of my kids and I knew there was nothing else I could do… I looked up how to do it. Hopefully, I’ll never use it.

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        • KraftedKhaos September 6, 2013 at 7:13 am #

          One of my most frequent quotes is

          “Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”

          … and that includes knowledge!

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