For all the talk of “Zombie Apocalypse,” or more serious concerns about economic collapse, your region’s version of extreme weather is the most likely civil emergency you will face. Have you made preparations? Do you have a plan? Do you realize it’s unlikely to survive contact with reality intact? (You need that plan nevertheless: gotta start somewhere.) Being ready is more than what you have stocked up and thought through; it’s an attitude.
March 5th, 2012
[There is something that is referred to as the 7 P’s of planning. Piss Poor Planning Promotes Piss Poor Performance. This is combined with another favorite saying of mine, “No plan survives first contact with the enemy.”
The thing is you need the plan, you need something to start off from. You can try and plan for every contingency but I can tell you there will be one you missed. That said, all that planning will pay off in making you much more prepared for said situation. It will help turn that unplanned contingency into nothing more than a minor hiccup instead of a show stopping catastrophe.
My biggest concern is the effect of a major earthquake, volcano, or a possible freak tornado. Those first two are actually serious concerns given the Cascadia fault as well as the history of Mount St. Helens. I have plans in place. I have supplies currently though not near what I would like on hand, and I’m working on gathering more equipment. My eventual goal is to be prepared enough that when the SHTF while everyone is panicking I will be working with the community to keep things calm. It’s much easier to do your job and provide emergency assistance to your community and neighbors if you have your shit squared away. The job is almost completely unnecessary if everyone has done the same. Then those able to render aid can focus on those who truly need it. Those who were unlucky enough to be in the path of destruction and are in truly need of help.
See, this is me just being my crazy mean prepper self. I’m such an asshole that I should do the world a favor and go kill myself right? Heaven forbid I educate others and provide assistance. I’m such a horrible person for telling people to at least think about and plan out what you’re going to do if something bad happens. Because it’s such a horrible thing to “Be Prepared.” -B ]
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.