Emergency Preparedness Planners Are not Planning on Saving you during a Disaster!
I’ve talked to a number of these people over the years, and two thing always become glaringly obvious. First, these people usually despise anyone outside their Ivy League discussion groups – especially anyone who calls themselves a prepper. Second, they have no idea how to help people become better prepared, and many of them have no idea how to respond to an actual emergency.
Let’s briefly deal with the first point, because I believe their behavior is a huge problem – one that is likely to cost many lives.
Do Preppers deserve a bad rap?
It really depends on how you look at the situation. While I’ve been very critical of shows like Doomsday Preppers, I have met some of these people, and a lot of them are actually incredibly knowledgeable. Yes, some are only on these shows to exploit their15 minutes of fame, but there are a great number of people who call themselves preppers that could be incredibly useful to the general public.
The problem comes in how the media, and shows like Doomsday Preppers, have chosen to portray these people. Instead of highlighting them in a way that can help better prepare the public, we often only hear the word prepping when it’s tied to some psychopath who just killed a bunch of people.
Sadly, and something that leads me into my second point, is the fact that these “preppers” often have more practical knowledge than the emergency preparedness experts our government pays to do this for a living.
Emergency Preparedness… or just Useless Government Bureaucracy?
I’ve been to a number of emergency preparedness conferences and expos, and the one thing that bothers me the most, is how clueless most of these people are. While most of our first responders have a pretty good idea of what they’re doing, the bureaucrats – and the idiots who run agencies like FEMA – seem to have more interest in how they look than they do in saving the public from disasters.
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