November 4, 2012 by lauralesterfournier
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we are once again reminded of many things……not the least of which is the importance of being prepared for emergencies. Here comes my “PREPER” rant! How can we not understand the importance of this? The government is not going to save us when the lights go out folks! Nobody is going to ride in on their White Horse and save you “in the unlikely event of an emergency.” It will be weeks at best before there is an organized effort by the government to bring in water, food, and heat. This however, is not true of individual Americans; we spring into action immediately to help our neighbors whether they are black, white, liberal, or conservative, that’s what separates us from other countries. When the chips are down, the judgment stops, and we give…………and we give. We need to return to the basic American principle of personal responsibility. We need to make sure we have insured our homes, and that we are stocked with emergency supplies such as; food, water, batteries, a heat source, first aid, and cash. Make sure you have enough supplies to sustain you for a minimum of two weeks. Keep your gas tank full, you never know how thankful you will be to have the ability to charge your cell phone or sit in a heated vehicle for a few minutes. Make sure you can protect your family; in our home that means owning a gun. (sadly this option is pretty much a “no go” for residents of NYC due to some completely unconstitutional ordinances) It would be very inadvisable for anyone to attempt to harm my family; I’ll shoot first, call the police second, and thirdly pray over you. After I purchased my gun, a dear friend of mine who happens to be a police officer asked me what I would do if someone broke into my home. I told him I would call the police, to which he responded, “Wrong!” In this order, he instructed me……listen carefully….you secure your loved ones and yourself by whatever means necessary and then you call the police. He went on to share with me in chilling detail that in most cases the police do not arrive in time; sadly their job is more often than not to take notes and clean up the mess. Do you actually think that a marauding gang of thugs in NYC will have a “Come to Jesus” moment in the aftermath of a crisis when they themselves are hungry? I would love to think that the gangs in New York City are gathering in the five boroughs and deciding upon a strategy as to how they will climb the stairs of each high-rise without power, to check on the elderly….but this scenario is sadly unlikely. Desperate times bring out the best or the worst in people depending on how prepared they are themselves, and what their personal ideology is. If a friend comes to my door in a crisis they will always be welcomed; if a foe brings darkness upon my home, I will send them away enthusiastically. These are common sense talking points, yet how many of us are prepared? Too many have taken a complacent attitude, too many Americans have thrown in the towel and decided that someone else should take on the financial obligation of meeting their needs. Where is our sense of self-respect and dignity? We need to return to that Pioneer American Spirit! We need to harness the energies of those great American men and women of the frontier who accepted adventure as part of their experience in this great country. We need to be the kind of people who are prepared for the worst and pray for the best. We need to remember that our country was founded on a deep appreciation for the basic principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; the cornerstone of that sentiment is independence. The true foundation of our American values is Freedom. This means we have many rights! We have the right to succeed, fail, speak, stay silent, have a gun, pray, be an atheist, be prepared or be a victim. Sometimes things happen that are not in our control and that is precisely why we need to prepare for those eventualities. For those that do not like those options – there are many socialist/communist countries that will promise you what they determine you “need”……but be advised…..you will not be offered what you “want.” What you want is as personal to you as it is to me, and as an American it is your right to chase after it, or wait for it to show up on your doorstep. It has been heartbreaking to know that there are elderly in Manhattan on the 70th floor unable to leave their buildings; with no power or water. There are people who have resorted to diving into dumpsters in an effort to find food. There are those who have completely lost their homes. There are those who have lost their lives. Americans were sadly not prepared, and now have no choice, other than waiting and hoping that someone will show up and give them what they need. You have the power to avoid this by preparing your household for emergencies. Whether the next disaster is weather induced or at the hands of a terrorist; calm minds and prepared homes will prevail. I am incredibly proud to be an American and to live in a country where we care for one another. Countless stories are coming out of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and others of the heroic measures that were taken by ordinary citizens to save lives and homes; nine states were dramatically altered by this storm. My prayers, continuous positive thoughts, and donated resources will continue to go to those suffering from the effects of this powerful storm. I encourage everyone to go to: www.redcross.org/ and give what you can. A donation as small as $10.00 would make a great difference. Prepare – and you will rest easier knowing you have done all you can to take care of your family. When we aren’t waiting around to get something, we can instead focus on giving. When more of us put ourselves in the position where we are able to give, there are naturally fewer who need. God Bless You and may God Bless all those who were in the path of this storm – have faith, you are stronger than you know, you are Americans. You will heal and rebuild your lives.