Growing up in California, one becomes aware of the potential destructive capacity inherent within nature. And when nature strikes, it often does so with little to no warning.
Earthquakes, wildfires, and landslides all happen within a moment’s notice. A wildfire or landslide can be anticipated to some extent – e.g., smoke in the distance or heavy rains – though they still tend to catch people off guard. Earthquakes, on the other hand, have a far more sudden and unpredictable nature. No natural disaster better reminds one of the importance of preparedness.
During the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake of 1994, many people found themselves unprepared. For several days, everything was shut down. Electricity was out. Roads and bridges had collapsed. Business and commerce in the region ceased altogether for a short period.
The above paragraph may sound extreme, yet it all happened for millions of people just twenty-two years ago. Yes, most survived (tragically, some did not). And most found a way to get through in the end. That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have benefited enormously from a little foresight and preparation. Many lives can easily be spared unnecessary trauma and hardship with even minor measures beforehand.
What’s more, one becomes more able to assist one’s neighbors and loved ones. When you ensure your own safety, you increase the odds of being able to help someone else who wasn’t able to, at a time when they will need it most.
In recent days, the world has become aware of two major natural disasters, one real and one imminent: 1) the epic blaze in Alberta, Canada, and 2) the pressure building among the major fault-lines in California.
The fire in Canada has been said to have the potential to burn for months. And scientists say it’s only a matter of time before another large earthquake strikes California – perhaps as large as a magnitude 8.0 mega-quake.
The meaning of freedom involves non-reliance upon external authorities in any situation. Therefore, being prepared remains essential to pure freedom. That’s why you can find several links to food storage and other preparedness products right here.
Survival expert James Wesley Rawles has written in his books that the three most essential items include beans, bullets, and band-aids. In other words, long-term food storage, weapons & ammo for protection, and health + first-aid supplies for emergency. That includes any necessary medicines.
In the end, the more freedom one desires, the more one may feel it necessary to prepare. Don’t take it from me – just ask some of the billionaires who invest large sums of money in their extravagant doomsday preparations. And that’s not to mention the extensive preparations the USFG has undertaken itself – FEMA in particular. Entire articles, books even, can be written on these subjects alone.
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