The purpose of my article today is to help to outline some aspects of mental and physical preparedness that we must take into consideration prior to enduring a serious scenario. Whether it be an earthquake, a flood, a hurricane, or a financial collapse, there are some consequences which will definitely take place and I feel that it’s important that all persons who desire peace in their preparedness efforts, take the time and the work necessary to prepare for this very important aspect of preparedness—giving help to others.
I believe in helping others and my preparedness efforts give proof to that end. However, understand that there is a well-deserved saying that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Unfortunately, there is truth in that statement as it relates to our fellow men, so that’s what I’m going to address today.
Confidentiality: For starters, know that your willingness to help others should be shared confidentially and only with those you intend to aid. The helping of others MUST be a pre-planned strategy, not a reactive, knee-jerk one, in order to ensure the utmost of safety and survival for you and your loved ones. In other words, you need to have a set plan among your family members that under a specific set of circumstances you will plan on assisting them in accordance to their needs. In other words, suppose there is an earthquake in California where your brother and his family lives. Communicate clearly to your brother that under such circumstances they are to get to your home in Utah post haste with whatever supplies they can bring, and you will give them aid. Be sure that it is understood that this invitation is to be kept confidential between you and your intended recipients. Otherwise, you will be confronted with a desperate and aggressive army of other persons seeking aid. Regardless of the size of your heart you can NOT take care of everyone who comes to request assistance. Doing so will not only compromise your safety, but your life as well, and most certainly the lives of those you intended on helping all along. Clear communication and confidence is key in such circumstances.
No Flood Gates: There have been examples in every single disaster that has ever taken place in the history of the world in which well-intended caregivers lost their sustenance, their shelter, and their lives because they opened the proverbial Wal-Mart doors on the morning of Black Friday to those in need. Several instances were shared in which successful survivors of Hurricane Katrina were robbed, bludgeoned, or killed so that others could benefit from their supplies. A church, which made every effort to try to help others, was suddenly forced by local authorities to take on all of the evacuees that the local law enforcement deemed necessary, regardless of the compromise of safety that such demands put upon the church and the others they were sheltering. Think of it as the camel getting his nose into your tent. You’ll never get him out after that and all you’ve done to prepare will be seriously compromised. A hospital in the aftermath of India’s historic tsunami was taken over not by patients who needed care, but by violent gangs who demanded access to drugs. In order to ensure that you are not one of these statistics you must plan on being heavy handed and determined in the care you will extend to others. This means you need to rehearse in your mind, discuss with your family, the severity of such circumstances and make sure that everyone is educated in maintaining the safety of your group.
Stand Your Ground: Planning on helping others cannot just be about the amount of supplies and the foundation of your religious beliefs. Remember that desperate circumstances create monsters out of some of the best of persons. As such, no person can be completely prepared without accepting this reality. Food, water, clothing, etc. are only a small part of your preparedness efforts. There’s a reason why I teach that the third most important part of preparedness is your Physical Preparedness. Some think that I’m simply referring to ones health when I say this. In actuality, I’m also referring to ones physical security as well. Your supplies are meaningless if you cannot ensure that they will be used in safety and security. As such we must all obtain the proper knowledge and supplies to ensure our safety and that our decisions on behalf of our safety are respected and obeyed. This also means that mental fortitude must be established before a disaster comes calling. And, sorry to say it folks, but this also means that you must learn how to effectively protect yourself, and your loved ones, even if you are in a high stress situation.
Community: This brings me to my next point. I’ve said it previously in other posts, but I believe it bears repeating. There is something to be said for strength in numbers. Part of the reason in you preparing to share you goods with a specific person should be in anticipation of the man power it will take to protect those goods as well as lives. A single, lone person doesn’t man an empty Fort Knox today. So I suspect that it will take more than a single person with knowledge and skill to protect your shelter—whether it be an automobile traveling for safety, a tent community, or a single home.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: Lastly, it’s critical that you know your rights sufficiently so that you are committed to maintaining those rights. My favorite motto when I was in sales holds true to just about any scenario: “Whoever is more committed, wins.” Throughout even recent situations of natural disasters, many persons have given up their freedoms with the least little bit of aggravation in a “disaster scenario.” (shelter in LA, guns in NC, speech in MI, etc.) Let me be perfectly clear in hopes that you openly discuss this with your family and friends for future planning-- It’s not ok for you to be taken somewhere else when you have chosen to stay in your home. If folks can sign a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order, then they sure as heck have the right to “Do Not Rescue” as well. In fact, I suggest that you make a “DNR” sign for your front door in the event of a natural disaster. You and your family should always plan on staying together—if for no other reason than the safety of your family and the mental well being in knowing how everyone is doing. Your GOD GIVEN rights, which no court in the land can legally infringe upon, gives you that right to stay together even if a uniformed person tries to convince you otherwise in a disaster scenario. And you know what, if Fido or Brutus are one of your family members, then you darn well better PLAN for them to remain a part of your family with your preparedness efforts.
Always remember, disasters do not alienate you from your unalienable rights. Keep in mind that the Declaration of Independence was written during a time of disaster, war, and turmoil. If it had efficacy during such a time, then a little ole earthquake, hurricane, or other Act of God or U.S. Government certainly does not take those rights of survival away from you simply because times are tough. In accordance to the U.S. Constitution, you also have a right to arms—in a disaster or in peace time. You also have a right to your property—regardless of who does not have their own property. The Constitution doesn’t say that “Mr. Smith shall only retain his foods in the event of everyone else having three meals a day,” right? There’s nothing even remotely in our laws which intimates such a posture. So, what I’m saying is that you must decided ahead of time what your committed posture will be in the event of a disaster in order to you to have your rights and decisions heeded. Will you stay or go. Will you give to others? Will you defend your lives under all threats of loss or impairment?
As you know, I continually teach peaceful preparedness efforts. I also believe that you can have peace in the midst of you needing the fruits of your preparedness efforts. However, if you do not mentally and physically prepare in some of the ways I’ve suggested, then you will have liberated peace from your family and surroundings. We all need to prepare now to keep the peace.
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Wow. I REALLY liked this article. I'm a big proponent of being prepared to share and help others in a time of need, but this article really helped me realize the importance of having limits and being prepared to maintain those limits. I especially like your references to our God-given rights and remembering that a disaster situation does not take those away. I think a lot of people (perhaps myself included) would easily forget this and lose these rights in a crisis. I'm trying to prepare myself mentally to not let that happen. Thanks again for a great article.
I think this is one of my favorite posts of yours in the blog. It is VERY good advice. Thank you for writing it.
Hope you will be addressing how to keep those rights when you have someone at your front door and back door telling you that you must evacuate or give over your personal property immediately. Just saying....after some stories I've read recently about the midwest and N.O.
The question that everyone must ask themselves is this Joann, what is your freedom worth to you? Remember, like I said in the article, whoever is more committed wins. I have been challenged in my beliefs in the past and I can assure you that when I know my rights and am clearly able to articulate them, then I stand on firm ground. That doesn't mean I will always win, but if for some reason my life is taken as a result of my courage of my convictions, then at least I get to go to the other side with clean hands.
Thank you for this article. My husband & I have been discussing these exact issues.
Clearly you have thought this one through Kellene. I don't think anyone can debunk anything in here! (LOL!) I love it. I hope it prompts people to think about the hard decisions they may be faced with in a disaster situation - so they, like you, will be prepared.
Thanks for another GREAT post.
Th physical security idea really has captured my mind lately as I watched the Oakland riot. It seemed that a lot of people were just looking for a reason for destruction and looting.
Most of the downtown stores and businesses let people go home early and boarded up a couple of days before the verdict was delivered. It also looked like most of the places that got looted did not have windows boarded up.
I'm not sure about the Do not Rescue sign. It might lead to an attack from folks saying you are prepared. I think I'd rather put an official looking quarintine sign. :)
It might be a good idea to find out how your local 1st responders will be marking homes like they did in N.O.
Nice article, it brings up many issues a lot of people never deal with either by choice or they don't think about them.
Well thought out, and put in print.
Really well put article. I think the fact that an emergency does not take our in alienable rights, is something that people forget. I have been reading some about making a network of friends who have various skills, shared beliefs and values and can make up a support group in times of crisis. I have realized that this needs to be a higher priority then I have put on it.
I have been away for a couple of weeks on vacation and just read this post. You are a gutsy, tell it like it is woman Kellene. You are exactly right and it is refreshing to hear someone defend our constitutional and God-given rights as we prepare. Thank you!