“The best way to keep something bad from happening is to see it ahead of time… and you can’t see it if you refuse to face the possibility.”
~ William S. Burroughs
“It won’t happen to us” – “It won’t be that bad” – “Somebody will come and rescue us” – “We’ll find a way to get over it, if it happens” – “We can’t do anything about it anyways, so why bother?” – “You are a doomer, let’s change the subject”
One of my jobs is to teach Emergency Preparedness, and believe it or not, this can be fun. It is empowering to know you have the skills to save a life, prevent an injury and be calm if something terrible happens.
Today we had “ShakeOut BC Day” a giant drill to create awareness about Emergency Preparedness, especially for the “Big One”.
In EP, we have a saying: “If you are truly prepared for an earthquake, you are prepared for everything”
The reality is that most of us are not “truly” prepared…
I always like to see the links between things I study, and EP has lots to do with Permaculture too: Permaculture is about observing relationships, patterns and factors, planning and designing to avoid problems or to turn them into solutions. Permaculture is also about becoming stewards of the Earth while practicing the three Ethics: Earth-Care, People-Care and Fair-Share. EP, on the other hand, is about caring for people using principles of universality, neutrality, impartiality and voluntary service (among others). Both are proactive and look to create solutions or minimize impacts and problems…
Most people wake up to EP when a disaster strikes somewhere close or when it affects millions. We just assume life will go on as usual forever an ever…
“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”
~ Aldous Huxley
Let’s see what EP for earthquakes can teach us for other types of “disasters” (from sudden unemployment and becoming broke to water or food rationing, other natural disasters, collapses and war)
If you ask me, I am not fully prepared. Nobody is. You can have the best of plans and a grab-and-go and survival kit in every room of your house, but the earthquake may strike when you are out walking your dog. You can have all planned out for your life but life may send you something you never thought of.
EP is a lifelong process. In these uncertain times, we can’t live it for tomorrow. We need to start somewhere. As Permaculturists say: “Start now, start small and slow, start where you are and with what you have”
Other things you can do:
“Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced.”
~ John Keats
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