My husband is flying around the galaxy delivering gold, food, and sundries to space stations on other worlds. Yes, he's playing an XBox game called, Elite: Dangerous. He wants me to learn it and play with him. But I can't bring myself to get interested — it's too much like REAL life — except that it takes place in space. With unsavory characters like pirates, bounty hunters, federales (galaxy police), and political factions, and work to earn money — nope, not interested.
But lately, real life is . . . well . . . UNREAL! With world powers rattling swords, wars and mayhem going on in the Middle East and elsewhere, predictions of a global market crash, bank failures, and countries defaulting on their debts, I can understand my husband's (or anyone's) desire to escape into a pretend-life game that he can easily leave if he chooses.
We don't get to choose NOT to have setbacks and crises in our lives either. They come unannounced and uncaring without our permission.
As Hurricane Mathew was bearing down on Florida, one vacationer described the chaos:
"Restaurants are closing. Shops are being boarded up. The streets are almost deserted. Men are locking up their wives and daughters. Lines are forming at gas stations. The convenience stores are being cleaned out. Even the banks are running out of cash. We're evacuating right now."
We just can't know when a freak weather event or natural disaster or man-made disaster or financial meltdown might adversely affect any of us, anywhere in the world.
Some people think having a food stockpile ready for a natural disaster, economic downturn or, worse yet, a terrorist attack is something they can put off for "someday" or "never".
I'd rather be ready. Wouldn't you?
Regardless of where you live, you will need these basics:
And what about a financial emergency? The banking system is fragile and vulnerable to any number of threats, including cyber attacks. If banks close and ATMs become inaccessible, you’ll be glad you kept an emergency cash stash. Include some gold, silver or pre-1965 coins in your emergency fund.
The likely answer for most of us is . . . yes . . .well kind of . . . mostly.
It's not uncommon to panic a little — or a lot — when an earthquake rattles your house, or a hurricane is coming in a few hours, or worse, a cyber attack or EMP or CME happens. The best way to be ready is to pre-plan with an ongoing "to-do list", plus a "grid down" plan of what to do if a crisis event happens.
Everyone's circumstances are different, so an earthquake in my area may never happen in yours, but I'll share my to-do list just to get you started.
My husband put together this "grid down" plan written specifically in the event of any type of electrical outage. Planning ahead and having it in writing will help us avoid panicking and wondering what to do next.
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So how can we beat the next "real life" crisis? The answer is always — be ready, not scared!