The team at Food4Patriots believes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to disaster preparedness. While conditions such as climate change and the increase in natural disasters over the past few years should be a warning sign enough, there are a number of man-made conditions that make being ready for any emergency extremely important.
“The increase in natural disasters combined with daily cyber attacks and physical sabotage against our deteriorating electrical infrastructure, combined with the increase in chatter about terrorists trying to obtain a nuclear weapon they can use to cause an electromagnetic pulse that would throw the U.S. back into the 19th century is very concerning,” a representative from Food4Patriots said. People have a lot to worry about, and many are doing just that. A 2012 poll conducted by Reuters revealed that 15 percent of people around the planet were convinced that the world would soon come to an end. In the US, 22 percent of those surveyed believed Armageddon would come during their lifetimes.
Whether a huge disaster, or the end of the world as people know it, comes from a natural event or is man-made is anyone’s guess. What matters is making sure that you are well-equipped to survive should the worst occur.
Increase in Natural Disasters
Over the course of the 20th century, the number of natural disasters reported each year grew by leaps and bounds. In 1900, according to data from EM-DAT, the international natural disaster database, fewer than 10 natural disasters were reported. By the year 2000, nearly 550 natural disasters were reported.
It could have been that reporting systems at the start of the 20th century weren’t as sophisticated or reliable as they are today. Even so, the number of disasters each year has skyrocketed since the 1970s. There were just over 50 reported natural disasters in 1975, compared to several hundred a year from the mid-1990s onward.
The number of natural disasters is expected to rise all over the planet. It’s interesting to note the type of natural disasters that are more likely to occur. Climate related disasters have been on the rise since the 1970s, while geophysical disasters have held steady. Geophysical disasters include things such as volcanos erupting, earthquakes and avalanches. Climate related disasters include floods, tropical storms and hurricanes, and droughts.
Impact on the World
More disasters can spell more bad news for much of the world. For example, a 2013 report from the World Bank predicted that a severe monsoon season, which usually only occurs once every 100 years in India, could soon occur every decade. A severely heavy monsoon season impacts the crops grown and people’s access to food.
A greater number of disasters can have a grave impact on the world’s economy. The economic problems caused by the disasters has already been seen. In 2012, as people in New York and New Jersey stocked up in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, there was concern that certain merchants would raise prices on needed items, leading to stern warnings from New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie. Under NJ law, it’s illegal to raise prices during an emergency. But, the law may not be enough to stop unscrupulous individuals from trying to take advantage of the ill-prepared.
What You Can Do
While you can’t stop natural disasters or guarantee that terrorists won’t strike, there are things you can do to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared for the worst. You don’t need to have a large home or a separate bomb shelter to protect yourself during an emergency situation.
Even if a disaster never occurs, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. As a representative from Food4Patriots says, “when we in the emergency preparedness business talk about these things, we are not trying to be fear mongers. Instead, we are communicating facts that will hopefully sink in and cause people to take preparedness seriously.”
Food4Patriots creates food for survival situations. The food is able to last for up to 25 years. You don’t have to invest in specialty foods for your survival kit, though. You can put dried, ready-to-eat foods in your kit and simply replace them as they expire.
Clean water is also a must during a disaster situation. Even if the plumbing in your home still works, the water flowing through it may have been contaminated or otherwise compromised. It’s a good idea to have about one gallon of water per person in your family, per day. It’s an even better idea to have that water stored in containers of various sizes, notes the representative from Food4Patriots. Five gallon bottles of water may seem cost-effective, but they are heavy and are difficult to carry if you need to leave quickly.
A good rule of thumb to follow is to try to have enough food, nutrients and water for about 12 weeks. Unless you have a very large home, you will most likely not have an adequate amount of room to store more than that. The best place to store your food, water and other survival supplies is in a cool, dark place, so that they last the longest.
Being ready for a disaster isn’t about living in fear. It’s about knowing you’re prepared, for whatever life brings your way, notes the rep from Food4Patriots.