There are many people who refuse to prepare for disasters or emergencies because they would rather play the odds. Sure, some people have been affected by disasters in the past but there were also many others who lived their entire lives without running into a single tornado, hurricane or other major disaster! However, these folks forget that preparedness has advantages beyond the big disasters that can be quite valuable. Let’s dive in and see exactly how helpful your preps will be even if you never see a major disaster.
It’s the little things that matter, good and bad
First let’s get the obvious point out of the way. Your preparations are quite useful for all those small-scale personal disasters that are pretty much inevitable. You might manage to go your whole life without running into a tornado, but what about a power outage? What about those cash-strapped months when a sudden car accident, repair issue, medical bill, or other expense drains your bank account? Most preps, from stored food and gear to survival skills can help reduce expenses or minimize inconveniences when things go a little sour. Sure your knowledge on how to build a molotov cocktail might not be useful, but gardening, anti-thievery, and food preservation skills will still be useful.
And when things are going well and you don’t have any disasters, even minor ones, to complain about? You’ll have a number of benefits from your preparedness, including:
- Peace of mind. You’re ready for any disaster regardless of size or impact. Although there are always a few things you could do to improve your situation, if you maintain a healthy balance you’ll be able to rest in the knowledge that you’re always 80% prepared at least. This relieves a lot of stress that most people tend to just accept as normal, and allows you extra time to react to the bigger issues.
- The resources to help others who suffer. I always advocate prepping so that those who are worthy of help but not sufficiently prepared can be assisted when they run into troubles. Whether it’s giving a friend some extra food so that he can have enough to pay his rent or using your skills to help rebuild a devastated town, your preparations enable you to act when disaster does strike.
- A cushion for short-lived crises. Droughts causing a rise in food prices, a refinery blowing up raising the price of gas, these are generally short-lived and only cause minor harm unless you’re already living on the edge of each paycheck. But with sufficient stocks of supplies you could ride through the temporary increases until prices stabilize at their normal rates again, saving you a fair amount of money.
- Skills to save you money and time. Many preppers learn at least the basic principles of construction, fabrication, plumbing, and general repair in order to be ready for a disaster. As you can imagine, these skills translate into a side business or just a money-saving skillset for around the house work. Knowing how to garden and can goods allows you to enjoy homemade goods that are far superior to the mass-produced variety.
The benefits of an expanded mindset
Preparedness offers a lot of advantages in terms of gear and skills, but the mindset itself offers some good things as well.
For one thing, being able to look ahead and prepare for future disasters applies to many applications if done properly. Just being more aware and alert for thieves and denying them an easy opening could save your life! In a business setting, using your skills to improve risk analysis could assist you in making better decisions as well, depending on the industry you work in.
For another, the more independent and self-reliant design of a typical preparedness mindset can serve you well too. Whether you’re looking to become an entrepreneur or just living through a typical day, being more capable of taking care of yourself or acquiring the resources you need is a definite advantage. Odd as it may seem, it can also make you a greater asset in a team effort as well since you will be more capable of gauging input and getting work done.
Preparedness isn’t some miracle cure for all ills, but it certainly shouldn’t be dismissed just because you might not be involved in a major disaster. Be prepared for that!
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This article first appeared at Prepared For That: WhyYou Should Prepare Even if You Never Experience a Major Disaster