As a child in elementary school in the sixties, I recall “Air Raid Drills” or “Civil Defense Drills” we practiced, much like a fire drill. The “air raid drills” were practiced in case of a nuclear bomb threat. The siren would sound and all the students would line up to exit into the hallway and then kneel facing a locker or wall and cover our heads. Some schools had the children even crawl under their desks with the instruction to cover faces as much as possible to keep from getting burned by radiation. It was a time of great fear, given the vast unknowns of the Cold War Era.
Today, we handle the “practices” differently, but there is still fear of a global disaster and not being ready in case of an emergency of immense size; and there are all kinds of possibilities besides natural elements! Rather than exercising drills, we now have Homeland Security or Emergency Management which are supposed to be equipped to handle whatever catastrophic event we face.
Our society faces the real possibility of an economic collapse, or a possible medical pandemic, disasters from chemical spills, radioactive conditions, terrorist fears affecting our water, food supply, or even our fuels and electric capabilities and more!
Add to this the fears of global warming or cooling (depending on which side you stand), an asteroid strike, fatal diseases, biological, chemical or nerve gasses and end time prophesies, the fear factor can skyrocket!
There are those who mass produce and market “emergency boxes,” and find themselves in a potentially very profitable situation. With urgency added to the fear factor to encourage staying alive for an unknown time period, where hunger, thirst, shelter and general survival is necessary, advertisers can elicit strong desire for their product.
The prepared boxes are filled with all the necessary elements. There are medical supplies and other survival equipment, a portioned amount of dried and easily prepared food for each member of the family (assuming you buy one big enough for every member of your family), water, purifying tablets and a variety of other items necessary for a designated time period.
As I listen to the advertising intent, it occurs to me, that while their product may be completely adequate on one hand, I believe if I needed something like this, I’d rather just create my own. It would, of course, take a bit of research, leg work and preparation, but at least I would know for certain what it is I have prepared for my family, should a catastrophic event happen.
Am I concerned about such an experience? A little. I know our country is facing increasing challenges. It actually might be prudent to begin setting aside those things that would be required to survive over an extended time period. But I refuse to push the “panic” button like the advertisers try to obtain on the commercials. That only raises my blood pressure!
So I’m curious. What is your take on all the “prepping” encouraged via social media and within your circles? Share your thoughts and experiences!