Political leaders and government officials want you to feel like they are prepared to take care of you when a disaster situation hits. But are they really? Will they really be able to take care of you and your family?
Well, if the last several years give any indication, you had better not hold your breath on that one. The government is not ready to take care of fixing their own problems much less take care of you and your family. And the proof is how hurricanes have been handled.
Now, before anyone spouts off that Katrina, which was horrible, was purely a lack of interest in helping people by the Republicans, those people had better step back and review how bad Hurricane Matthew has been (so far) under a Democratic President (has Obama really done anything to help rebuild the devastation in Haiti? Where is his compassion now?). It’s not a Republican or Democrat problem: it’s a government problem.
The reality of the situation, whether the after-effects are horrible or not, is that Americans panic when a disaster hits. They are completely unprepared. Naturalnews.com notes,
“Within a few hours, entire stores were practically sold out – of everything. Photos showed store shelves that were completely bare. Initially, shoppers were sedate and compliant, but that didn’t last. Predictably, as supplies ran out, there were fights over the last remaining resources, namely water.
“This is a scenario that repeats itself over and over again. It doesn’t matter what the “emergency” is – flooding, severe storms, earthquake or prolonged political unrest – within a few hours virtually anything of worth – especially food – will be gone. What isn’t bought will be looted and stolen, and people will fight over the last remaining scraps. Some of those fights will turn deadly.
“And since there is an emergency going on, the authorities – police mostly, but also National Guard troops – will be busy doing other things like keeping escape routes open and ensuring that government agencies and functionaries are served and protected. Small, isolated incidents, though they may turn deadly, won’t get their attention, at least initially.
“It is absolutely stunning to see people so utterly unprepared, mostly because they have misguided faith in a system that will most assuredly fail them.
“For example, most people don’t know that grocery stores don’t keep much of a supply on hand; they stock for the here-and-now sale. They don’t stock up long-term on much of anything, especially food items, because they want to sell the freshest stock.”
Our culture is not self-sufficient, and it is not disaster ready. They are completely unprepared, which makes people scared during emergencies. And scared people too often make poor decisions and do stupid, violent things. The danger is real.
If you have not prepared for an emergency, you need to do it now
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