Is Emergency Preparedness Boring?

boring-emergency-preparednessOh my gosh!  No wonder why more people don’t get involved with emergency preparedness!  If you do an internet search on emergency preparedness, at least the first 20 pages of the links are downright BORING!  Ugh!  I’d rather actually be in an earthquake than try to live through another internet search on emergency preparedness again!  Make Al-Qaida prisoners of war read government articles on emergency preparedness and you’ll have no problem finding Bin Laden in a heartbeat!  Do these people get a raise for being boring?  If so, then I can understand

why the government is out of money, ‘cause a heck of a lot of these government sites are more boring than watching paint dry, and in many of the articles which I read, they were just plain incorrect or overly simplistic in their advice.


superwomanBut here’s the good news!  Emergency preparedness doesn’t have to be boring at all.  Instead of thinking “beans, rice, and dehydrated water” emergency preparedness can mean safety, strength, gourmet meals, family time, and peace.  And if you really think about it, there’s something almost heroic about “saving the day” like MacGyver by having the knowledge and the right tools to survive a disaster in comfort and security.  Don’t you think?  I have to admit, I DO feel like Superwoman sometimes knowing how to preserve eggs for up to a year, pasteurizing water with nothing more than the sun, starting a fire with seemingly nothing, cooking an awesome pot roast with no electricity in less than an hour, or being able to defend myself unquestionably with my “trusty tools.”  I mean, even Spiderman may very well starve if the transportation industry were interrupted for more than 3 days, or a natural disaster hit, or our financial system collapsed.  But me?  I feel pretty good about things.  What’s that kind of feeling and security worth to you?  I can assure you, with that kind of feeling, it’s definitely NOT boring.  Knowing that I’m ready for such an event has got to be a feeling similar to what someone feels who finishes the Boston marathon in one piece, or climbs Mt. Everest, snags that high-paying job against 200 other candidates, or a person who aces their thesis statement! Creating a pound of herbs out of three little seeds that I would normally pay five bucks for in the store is exciting to me! Flipping and appropriately confining a 280 pound, 6’4” ex-Marine in my self-defense training is exciting to me! Getting closer and closer to living “off the grid” without feeling like Laura Ingalls is exciting to me!

Photo by Thomas Hawk

Photo by Thomas Hawk

We watch folks on reality TV live on an island, race across the world a million different times, or trek through Africa—presumably because it’s exciting.  But to me, being prepared is just as great of an adventure and instead of watching someone else live it, I get to each and every day as I better myself, gain more knowledge, and implement what I learn.  Real life as a prepared person is a heck of a lot more fun than watching a reality television show, a 30 second roller coaster ride, or a brief skydiving experience. Is emergency preparedness boring?  Nope, definitely not.  And it will indeed SAVE YOUR LIFE SOMEDAY, of that I am 100% certain.  So, how about joining me on this little adventure?  Come on!  It’ll be fun! Join us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter here To see our upcoming event schedule, click here Check out our inhome-course programs Subscribe to Preparedness Pro today and never miss a thing! For any questions or comments on this article, please leave a comment on the blog site so that everyone can benefit! Copyright Protected 2009, Preparedness Pro and Kellene. All Rights Reserved. No portion of any content on this site may be duplicated, transferred, copied, or published without written permission from the author. However, you are welcome to provide a link to the content on your site or in your written works.

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Really well said, Momma! I like the margin mentality!

great post!

to me, every step i take towards being prepared creates more and more margin in my life. margin is the space betweeen what i need and what i have... as long as i have more than i need (not want... need), then i have freedom. the bigger that margin, the more margin (freedom) there is. that's margin that lets me do what i WANT, not need to do, margin that lets me follow where God leads, margin that lets us sleep well at night even knowing the lay-off is inevitable, and margin to confidently give and share with others. that's exciting stuff! there is NOTHING boring about creating that margin and watching it grow.

I've started going back and reading this old 1960 survival book. I love it too!

Hey, what's wrong with Laura Ingalls? ;) I grew up reading those books. Keep thinking I should go back and read them again, there's got to be some good preparedness tips in them.

Love It! And I totally agree! Thanks for the great info!

I just found your site via my site, I love it! I spent about an hour last night after the kids got to bed just reading back posts. I have a daughter-in-law and son who live in Utah (my Ben is a junior at BYU). I called Maggie and gave her the site info. She is just beginning food storage and was delighted to hear about a place that would offer some frugal storage advice. Her real problem is space. They have a teeny apartment.

Glad you found us, Kathy. You may want to share with your daughter-in-law the schedule of the free classes I'm teaching around Utah County as well. If I do say so myself, they really are the bomb! :-)

Heh heh, to some it might be "boring", but maybe not so much when it all hits the fan! Like you, I find preparing interesting, and even fun! Especially learning new skills. Great blog! Thanks. I linked up with ya on my blog.....

So glad you like it Mayberry! I like expanding my independence with learning new things. It makes me feel strong and confident. I think we need a little bit more of that kind of emotion in our nation, don't you? Thanks for the link!

See if you can't get him to read Alas, Babylon, or One Second After. He may be more open afterwards, and they are "action" kinds of books.

Hi - great site. How to survive in the event of a catastrophe is all new to me. Been reading and looking through various sites and this is the best (and most fun) so far! My husband has referred to me as "obsessive" in the that I'm talking EMF and survivalist stuff, he's grinning at me once again w/ that "isn't this cute?" look. Then he mentions a few people from his hometown who have been prepared for *something* for over 20 years. He's amused, not irritated but I want to get him to take this stuff seriously. How to do that? :)


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