Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Wouldn't you like to be a prepper, too?

There are people who believe that 'liberal' and 'prepper' or 'survivalist' cannot be used in the same sentence and that all liberals expect the government Big Daddy to bail them out during or after an emergency.

That's why I started this blog.   I am a liberal <em>and </em>I prepare for emergencies and well as catastrophic failure, (aka the shit hitting the fan).   I like the idea of confounding the conservative mindset with what it considers an oxymoron, and I think that it's time that someone on the left side of the political spectrum spoke up and said it's ok to be prepared.

I was one of the 1,800,000 people that had to ride out the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah_Eve_wind_storm_of_2006">2006 windstorm in the Seattle area</a>.

No electricity meant no furnace; the electric fan didn't work.

No electricity also meant facing the loss of what we had in the freezer and fridge, not having lights to see by and having no workarounds or backups for the systems we are accustomed to.  Y2K was a wakeup call for our household because we weren't prepared for skinned knees, let alone something major, but the 2006 storm brought home the need to prepare.

People of my parents' generation are much more resilient in emergencies, IMHO.  Baby boomers and subsequent generations have grown up with water coming from a tap, electricity that powers our gadgets and grocery stores that have only the stock on the shelves to sell.  Many of the skills our parents took for granted are things we don't have time to learn or practice due to the lifestyle choices we have made.  As a result, we are less able to function in the absence of electricity, or running water or empty grocery store shelves.  Emergencies find us handicapped by the lack of necessary skills with which to work around partial or complete system failures.

I am not prepared.  I am becoming prepared.

I'm a prepper.  Wouldn't you like to be a prepper, too?