Overcoming Inertia - How to Get Started! or Why doesn't getting prepared for emergencies ever get to the top of my to-do list?
Life is busy for nearly all of us. Maybe even way too busy for many of us. We are stretched thin in the time category as well as financially and consequently emotionally. If we do have a spare moment, we are probably watching our favorite new TV series to help relax and de-stress from an overfull workday. We certainly aren't thinking about taking that first step in our emergency preparedness, ie self-sufficiency plan.
We may think about it briefly as we watch the news, seeing other unprepared families suffer through disasters in all parts of the world. We may glance at the wind-up flashlight buried in a catalog of fashionable outdoor clothing and say to ourselves, "I'd like to have one of those." We know getting prepared for the unforeseen is something we "should" do. But we don't. Why not?
Until we really decide this is something we want to do and easily can do, it is undoubtedly not happening. So let's give ourselves some good reasons to do this "not so favorite" task.
1) First, having a few simple items on hand can have a huge impact on the outcome when disaster strikes. It does make a difference! We can definitively state that you and your family will be more comfortable during an emergency if you have made simple preparations ahead of time.
2) Preparedness is like a spare tire. We all have a spare tire in our vehicles because flat tires do happen and they are much easier to deal with if we have a spare tire. The same is true of surviving an emergency or disaster. Preparation makes it much easier.
3) When you have begun your preparations, peace of mind is an invaluable byproduct. We all have plenty of stress in our lives. Knowing you are taking steps in the right direction is a huge comfort.
4) Preparation is neither difficult nor expensive. There are many excellent books available to help point the way including our own Do-It-Yourself Emergency Preparedness
To prove our point, here is a link to our Peace of Mind Preparedness Checklist. Now, having looked at the most important area, water, decide if you will do the minimum, adequate or ideal step and accomplish it in the next 24 hours. Then go on to food, light, etc. Email us your experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have fun!