Thursday, September 6, 2012

Preparedness Series Part 1: Who thinks we should prepare?

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I am relatively new to this concept.  About a year and a half ago, toward the end of the summer last year, I kept hearing the slogan 
“Are You Red Dirt Ready?” on the radio and television.  After hearing it a dozen or so times, it started bothering me.  Mainly, because my answer was, "No!". "What is Red Dirt Ready”?  
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  Red Dirt Ready is a website funded by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security.  To be honest at first it scared me.  Why were they advertising?  Why were they spending a nice chunk of money to get our attention?  Why would our state government be urging us to prepare?

I started doing some investigating and found out that many state governments and our federal government have sites as well. 
What I have concluded sensibly is our governing would just prefer us to be somewhat personally accountable for ourselves and our families in a time of duress.  I think of Hurricane Katrina. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Hurricane Katrina is people, hundreds of them, sitting around dirty, hot, angry, and in need of water.  

After educating myself on the matter, I went to bed that night thinking about being prepared.  I woke up the next morning, got busy, and put it at the back of my mind. After all, who has the time or the money to prepare. At the time I was working long and crazy hours. I was doing good to prepare for tomorrow nights supper let alone a major disaster. Where would I even begin?

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1 comment:

  1. Sorry it's taken me so long to get back on here! I am looking forward to reading this series. We need to be prepared in the days we are living in. The more self-sufficient, the better. Now I gotta go read... ;-)