If you've been staying informed, searching out alternative forms of news and information, you are already prepared. If you haven't, I'm not about to start crying, "The sky is falling." However, I tend to think one should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Neither a pessimist nor an optimist, I try to be a realist.
If you do nothing else, please make sure you have plenty of water (or ice), gas, and non-perishable food on hand. Cash in small bills is particularly important. These are the items you'll need regardless of what happens. Often times, it's not the crisis that produces the need for these things, but rather the panic in the face of possible crisis.
What you can do: Prepare
- The Federal Government has been pleading with us for several years to prepare.
- Popular Mechanics put out an interesting article in August of 2007. Read it. Prepare your home, car, and a backpack. Their .pdf file is an easy checklist of items.
- The LDS church has perfected organization and preparation; I found one of their websites that has some great resources. Check it out as well.
- If you type in 72-hour kit or first aid kit into google, you'll come up with lots of lists.
The idea is to continue to be as prepared as we can be. We may have to hunker down and weather the storm, but at least this way, when others panic, we can be calm and ready. We can provide stability for our loved ones when it feels like the world is falling apart. Because, in the end, the only things that matter are the people we love.
Just remember: Water, Gas, and Cash. With silver prices falling, you may find it wise to purchase some junk silver in the form of pre-1964 quarters, dimes, and half-dollars.