I know what some of you are thinking, “It Can’t Happen To Me.” and you may be right. Then again I’m pretty sure some of the residents of New Orleans said that in 2005, resident’s of Southern Florida probably said that in 1992, I know for a fact that some resident’s of Bastrop, TX said that in 2011, (I actually heard someone say that statement, not one week before their home was burned by the wild fire that displaced many people and destroyed more homes, and more sq. miles than I can truly fathom). So when you think that it can’t happen to you, you might be right. Then again, there is always a chance some kind of disaster can leave you without water or power, leaving the roads closed so you can’t get to the grocery store, and even if you could, the trucks that supply that store may not be able to get through. So let’s look at some of the most likely things that can happen to leave you without these particular amenities.
Odds are it’s going to be weather or financial related. A big thunderstorm comes through and knocks out power in the summer or maybe some freak winter storm knocks the power out and freezes your pipes leaving you without water and without power. Your company decides to downsize and suddenly you’re without an income and stressed over paying the bills. How do you handle it? What can you do?
Honestly, there is no way to truly prevent these things from happening. You can’t control the weather. You can’t control other people. You can however, keep enough supplies to last you and your family through the clean up process and so that you’re relatively comfortable. You can save enough money to put aside to handle a loss of a job. You can stock more than a couple days worth of food. You can make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit…just in case the unthinkable happens.
The simple truth is that you can never know what will happen. That in itself should be enough reason for you to put together a 72 hour bag or to stock up on some extra food. It doesn’t mean you’re crazy. It doesn’t mean you wear a “tin foil hat.” The only thing it means? Is that you’re smart.
As the old saying goes, I’d rather have and not need…than need and not have.