When the topic of preparedness is the focus of the conversation, the inevitable question from everyone we talk to is “What are you afraid of?” or “What worries you most?” Not always in an attacking manner. Some folks are genuinely interested. Our answer is always much the same. We do not live in fear of anything because we have a plan supported by skill sets, knowledge and personal capital. That doesn’t make us some house of bad asses, it just means that we have cultivated a confidence over the years based on experience that we will face whatever comes head on and we have every confidence that we will bear it and beat it. With that said, there are things in the background that act as motivators for us to take steps to prepare that go beyond all of the common sense reasons (severe weather, unexpected job loss, an injury that puts you on the shelf for a while, etc) we believe it is necessary to embrace a lifestyle of preparedness. In no particular order, these are the things my wife and I view as “big bad” reasons to practice preparedness as a family:
Pandemic – It has happened before and it will happen again. Don’t take it from me, just check this out. Here’s another. For me, this was probably the first “bigger picture” threat that really grabbed my attention.
Resource depletion (societal strains and impacts) – Whether it’s the rampant loss of quality top soils, access to clean water, oil (the master resource) or any of the others, the resources that are vital to the stability and continuation of our civilization are becoming increasingly more difficult to procure which is straining our society and it’s people and there is a constant creeping tension surrounding this fact. This stark reality surrounds us and you don’t have to look very hard to see cracks in the foundation of our republic already appearing.
EMP (Electromagnetic pulse) or CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) -The threat of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) is not a new one, but it has become clear that deploying an EMP weapon over the continental United States would rank among the primary goals of any of those engaging in state sponsored terrorism due to the projected devastating impacts of such an attack. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) could also spell disaster for our aging power grid here in the US. Like a pandemic, it’s happened before and our cosmic address places us in the shooting gallery so it’s no surprise that we have had a few near misses and close calls. We can all sleep soundly knowing that there is a 12% chance that we will find ourselves directly in the firing line of a massive solar flare and resulting coronal mass ejection by 2020.
So there you have it. Of course, beyond the basic seasonal weather events, I’m curious what motivates you and your family to prepare. Please tell us about it in the comment section below. Also, keep up with everything Practical Tactical by subscribing to our mailing list and be sure to LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW us across all of our social media platforms.