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Be Prepared January 29, 2014

Posted by Fritz in Yachts and other things that float.
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This little winter storm portends to some very bad things in our future.

The havoc it has caused in Alabama and Georgia should be an alarm bell that we are losing the ability to protect ourselves from simple inconveniences.  Inconveniences that just a generation ago wouldn’t even be considered an inconvenience. In Atlanta, so many people were freaking out that the 911 system was overwhelmed. Officials were telling people to use Twitter and Facebook to call for help. Really people?

If we are so under-prepared to fend for ourselves in a relatively small crisis like freezing rain and a dusting of snow, imagine the complete meltdown when a real crisis happens.

If we lose the power grid, for even 24 hours, things will come unglued. There will be looting and panic on an epic scale. With no power there’s no 911, let alone Twitter or Facebook. Extend that power loss for a week and the US will come to her knees.  With the exception of a few smart and prepared folks living amongst us, the vast majority of Americans will be thrust into a world not seen since the mid 1800’s.  bs

There’s something to be said for the growing popularity of ‘prepping’.  I do not think it’s a case of ‘if’ a major disruption of 21st century conveniences befalls us…it’s when?

When I was a kid, the Boy Scouts was the place you learned skills that could help you in times of trouble. I learned some pretty cool skills and I’m sure I have forgotten most of them. I think it would be a very good time to re-visit those skills.  Just like the Boy Scout motto…Be Prepared.

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