One of the biggest misconceptions people tend to have is that they will be taken care of in an emergency situation. During large scale events, this is likely not going to be the case. This is the reason why we prepare. We try to be self reliant so that we don’t have to rely on someone else to get us through.
Think about it. You’re in a small city, say 40,000, you’re probably served by less than 100 emergency personnel. What happens when half of your city needs help? What if you’re in a much larger city? Hundreds of thousands of people. Millions. While there may be more emergency personnel available to help, they are helping many more people. The likelihood that you’re going to be the first helped is directly proportionate to the scale of the disaster, the ratio of help to those needing help, your location in relation to those providing the help, and their ability to get to you.
As you can see, it’s just common sense to have some preparations allowing you to rely upon yourself. Not only will this give you the ability to take care of emergencies while waiting on help, it will also give you the ability to reduce the burden on emergency services. If you can be self sufficient, you are one less person the emergency services need to attend to. For every self reliant person out there, the strain on the system will be reduced.
Without being self reliant you are dependent upon a system that may take longer than you have to reach you. That’s assuming that they can reach you at all. The longer the duration of the event, the longer that you go waiting on help, the more difficult it can be.
Now think about it. If you’re prepared to handle situations that may arise, won’t you feel more secure? To us, the piece of mind is priceless.
“Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.”