The mainstream media is reporting lower unemployment, home sales on the rise – things are getting better. From my perspective – and yours may be different – things ARE getting better. Well, at least for now.
I live in the Southeast and in my neighborhood home lots are selling like hot cakes. The company I work for which is influenced by the construction industry is doing very well. A lot of people may be seeing the same thing. Many of these same people entered the “preparedness” life-style back in 2008 when the economy started to tank. With things “looking up” – I believe many are exiting preparedness. Simply – people are not feeling the “threat” anymore.
Additional information that back up my belief that people are just not as interested in preparedness anymore comes direct from those in the preparedness industry. I have heard from business owners that sales have really slowed down within the preparedness market. Beyond that – traffic to ModernSurvivalOnline is half of what it used to be.
So – for many getting interested in preparedness due to the events around 2008 or possibly watching apocalyptic TV shows – preparedness has just been a fad. For the rest of us – it is part of our lives because we understand that although the economy may not collapse in the next few months, and that massive hurricane may miss us this year – bad things happen and we just need to be prepared.
Preparedness does not always have to have huge, massive, wide-spread events in mind to make sense. Just this past weekend I went to the Uwharrie National Park in North Carolina driving some rather difficult off-road trails. There were four vehicles involved and approx 10 people. Prior to getting started everyone checked their cell phone to see who had signal. I did not. I gave the leader of the convoy a walkie-talkie and I held the other one. One in the group said, “Great idea. Who would have thought of that?”
Half-way through we had to fill in a bunch of holes in a particularly rocky path that one of the vehicles could not navigate. A guy smashed his finger and split it open. Want to take a guess who had a first aid kit and and tended to the guy – cleaning up the wound, wrapping it in some gauze, and then having Duck Tape to secure it so he could keep driving? Next – a question came up about what if their is a need to go to the bathroom? I am not talking just unzipping and urinating – but rather a need that requires wiping. I asked if anyone brought toilet paper. The answer was, “No.” I mentioned that I had some.
Preparedness may be a fad for some, but for me and many others it is just common sense.