This article discusses why being prepared for disasters can make the difference between being a victim and being a survivor. Some unprepared New York State victims, for example, had to resort to dumpster diving after hurricane Sandy. At least 98 less fortunate U.S. victims lost their lives during Hurricane Sandy.
Estimates are that there are only four million U.S. preppers. Why, then, is only a little more than one percent of our population preparing for possible disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy? Many unprepared people believe the chances are slim to none that they will ever encounter a disaster such as a flood, power blackout, blizzard, hurricane, or toxic spill. Although the probability of encountering each of these specific disasters is not high, the probability of encountering at least one of a multitude of disasters is considerably higher.
Another reason that many people do not prepare for disasters is because they expect the federal government to help them. New Orleans residents, however, depended upon federal government help after Hurricane Katrina, and their experience should make rational people realize that the federal government cannot quickly and effectively help millions of people affected by disasters.
Before or after a disaster, all of the unprepared people rush to stores to buy what they should have already bought and stocked. Many of them will find that other people, who also were not prepared, have already emptied the store shelves. Even those who are able to buy some supplies might not find as many supplies as they want to find. Those who try to buy supplies on the black market will be subjected to price gouging.
Last minute panic buying is bad enough, but a lack of survival skills is an even more serious problem that non preppers will encounter. Skills take time to develop.
Physical fitness also takes time to achieve. Physical fitness during a disaster can mean the difference between life and death. A lack of physical fitness can result in a failure to accomplish physical challenges such as snow removal, for example, that comes with a disaster such as a blizzard. Even worse, trying to accomplish these challenges can result in a disability such as a stroke or a heart attack.
Preppers and survivalists currently are greatly outnumbered by unprepared people. If preppers and survivalists try to help unprepared people, they might not be able to reap the survival benefits of their own preparations.
Nobody can take care of you as well as you can take care of yourself.