BE PREPARED 9/11/2011
As I write this I am watching the memorial services commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks all across the country. I cannot watch too much without misting up a bit, and then becoming proud of how many of our young Americans took up the cause to join our Armed Services in the days and years after that day . . .including my own daughter.
Much has been said, and many more out there are considerably more eloquent than I to summarize our collective emotions about Patriots Day 2011, but let me add this.
As we move into what is a more and more uncertain future the only constant is each other – our close associations and family – those we can count on.
Prepare now by ensuring the safety of your ‘circle of trust’. I have several friends who have learned HAM radio and been licensed so that they can communicate and get information when others cannot (recent wild weather being the perfect example). There are classes on canning food and becoming more independent through gardening and preserving. Wood stoves are cropping up more and more to supplement or replace electric heat pumps, the examples are all around us.
Pack a ‘bug-out’ bag with a few essentials (My next post will describe what we think should be in such a bag) and keep it in your car. If the worst happens and you’re stuck in traffic away from your family –will you be ready? What does your family need to do to either shelter-in-place until you arrive, or come to meet you? Remember the lessons recently learned: in a disaster the cell phones go out first!
I’m not advocating starting a whack-o cult and hoarding, or any sort of hate group. But a bit more of the Boy Scout concept (Be Prepared) just seems like a more common sense approach to ensuring our family and close relations are secure. It may be the most cost-effective insurance you can have.
Now this kind of “sheepdog vs. sheep” thinking, as recent events around the country have shown, includes preparing to defend yourself and your inner circle. This is not just CCW and basic gun handling, although that’s the place to start, but more advanced Critical Thinking and Awareness training and of course more advanced firearms training.
Consider your personal circumstances. If whatever the next bad thing happened today – right now – are you ready? Mentally, physically, logistically ready? For a tornado- and its aftermath? For a power grid shutdown? For an Active Shooter? Now is your family? Your neighbor that you may need?
If you do the analysis – and that’s our middle name by the way – and you come up with a list of needs – call us, email us. We can help.
Pray for our Troops and their Families on the Home Front. God Bless you each and all.