7 Reasons People Refuse to Prepare for Disaster


Gaye Levy

Sitting around the holiday dinner table, my guess is that at some point the conversation turned to the economy, natural disasters and the need to prepare. And, it is also my guess that there were a lot of roll-eyes as your companions thought, “Oh boy, here we go again”.

Okay, perhaps I assume that you live and breathe preparedness like I do, but even if you don’t, I am certain that you have run in to people that are in what I like to call “Disaster Denial”. So what signs do these people display? (And no, I am not referring to the “I am blindingly stupid to reality” sign.)

Listed below are some common excuses for not preparing.

It is what it is. If my time is up, so be it.

The problem with this is that if there is a disaster of any type, there is a strong likelihood you will survive. And if you are going to survive, you might as well be safe with food, water, first aid and a way to defend yourself and your property.

Bottom line: Just because a disaster occurs does not mean it is time for your to “go”. You will likely live through it, so why not live through it safely and with adequate supplies and gear to sustain and protect yourself.

Planning for a disaster will be a jinx and if I do it, it will happen.

Now this is silly, especially when it comes to natural disasters.

For the most part, hurricanes, earthquakes, winter storms and volcanic eruptions happen on their own schedule. There is nothing you can do to prevent them so why not be ready? Not only that, but people who have prepared and who have taken steps to plan ahead often come through the experience feeling like it was not such a big disaster after all.

Bottom line: It is the people who fail to plan and prepare that are caught by surprise and are least able to cope when the inevitable disaster occurs.

I refuse to live in fear of the unknown.

The key here is to educate yourself so that you do not live in fear. Assess the risks in your area and for someone in your particular financial condition. There is a saying, be prepared not scared. That definitely applies.

Bottom line: Take steps to prepare for the specific disasters that may occur in your geographical area. Then do your best to educate your loved ones so that they too can live without fear.

I can not afford to prepare (or I am not rich like you).

With careful planning (and perhaps one less pizza a week) it is not difficult to take small steps toward building up your preps bit by bit, week by week. Some cans of food, some water purification tablets, some pepper spray – none of these things are overly expensive, especially if acquired slowly over time. In addition, the pursuit of knowledge is free and simply knowing the risks is half the battle.

Bottom line: Gradually increase your back-up supplies over time and as you can afford them. Even if all you do initially is prepare for a short-term power shortage (flashlights, batteries, glow sticks), you are still doing something. You will be surprised at how quickly the items in your survival closet build up.

Advertisement The government will take care of me.

What rock have you been living under? Has the government taken care of the health care debacle in this country? Nope. Has the government restored a healthy economy and jobs to the populace? Nope. Has the government effectively and efficiently provided disaster relief in the past? Not really. As a matter of fact, I just read today that FEMA is seeking to recover more than $385 million it says was improperly paid to victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. And that is the fault of the victims? Give me a break.

What you can count on is the government spending billions of dollars on wars that we have no business waging, and, of course, billions in taxpayer dollars on big company bailouts that ensure that the top CEOs of this country have multi-million dollar compensation and bonus packages. This is the same government that will go after some poor taxpayer for what they perceive to be a $100 shortfall on their annual tax return.

Bottom line: Do not believe for a moment the government will be there to bail you out and provide relief in an emergency. Quite the contrary; expect to be on your own.

I am too old to start.

Taking care of your personal needs has no boundaries age-wise. Yes, you may be on a fixed income and you may be moving about a bit slower, but hopefully you still have the will to live and the will to survive. Whether you are in your 60s, 70s, 80s or beyond, take the time to prepare a disaster communication plan with contact names, phone numbers, and a potential escape plan should an earthquake of other natural disaster occur. Enlist the help of your children or younger neighbors and share your concerns with them.

Bottom line: Preparing a communication plan does not cost a dime in dollars, nor does it take any physical strength. All you need is time. Do not feel that you are too old. If you have made it this far, chances are you still have some great years left. You are never too old to begin to prepare for the unexpected.

My faith will carry me through.

Yeah, maybe. But I would rather go halfway just in case the big guy is busy doing something else when a disaster or crisis hits. Your faith will not hydrate you with sufficient drinking water, nor will your faith feed your starving body. Being spiritual and having faith is a good thing and will help you mentally to overcome a dire situation, but it is your stored food and water that will sustain you.

Bottom line: Facing reality will go a long way in helping you deal with a disaster. Having the insight to know the risks and prepare for them will demonstrate to your family your willingness to provide and care for them. That, coupled with your faith, will be a powerful and unbeatable combination to get you through.

The Final Word

Procrastination is defined as the act of putting off, delaying or deferring an action to a later time. Alas, that time often never comes. And so I say: procrastination is not your friend and might quite possibly be your ultimate downfall. If you have friends or loved ones who scorn the preparedness lifestyle, please share this article with them. Encourage them to take make a plan, to build a kit and to get involved in ensuring that their future will be safe.

Let us work together to stamp out disaster denial.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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10 Responses

  1. Bailey says:

    Oh yeah the CFL’s that I got was due to our local hardware company (family owned) having their 114 year anniversary so 6 pack of CFL’s was $1.14 I bought four 6 packs at a time even better is they are now having a 2 CFL pack of light bulbs for $0.01 limit 18 per customer in advance of Memorial Day…

  2. Bailey says:

    I can understand people saying they cannot afford to prepare but what I would say is buy things on sale go look for those dented goods section most stores have a discount rack all the way in the back of the stores where things are usually 50% more or less I have found some great items there when I had the money and when I don’t have the money I find even better stuff it pays to look all the way in the back. And use coupons I wiggled out coupons from family/friends/strangers (craigslist/freecycle) you can even buy them from ebay even your local library may have an area for coupons (free to take) I go thru all the ads then see what I can match up with my coupons if I cannot find anything to match I just wait you take a chance that the coupon expires but with my very very small income I have been able to stockpile a couple thousands of dollars worth it was also thanks to me being on SNAP at though I am no longer on it but with coupons I stretched what I got farther than most people. Also check local/mom and pop stores I got about a little over a thousand dollars worth of CFL’s for a little over $15.00…

  3. tom rodgers says:

    hey this guy is smart a little preparation goes along way, and to all bible thumpers have heard to qoute “GOD helps those that help themselves” and wont you look stupid with your family is starving cause you just expected GOD to serve you a lowly human. The man here said just prepare that is not hard but oh thats right you’ll just beg off people like him and I who have prepared using your whiny cries of DO the christian thing help me I didnt prepare. I believe in Father and guess what I am preparing stop thumping people with the Bible GOD hates that. Oh before I go question according to your logic you shouldn’t work GOD would provide your food and drink and house oh thats right you do have to work to provide a home for you and yours just prepare and if not its your tails going down 😉 there is something coming and the government would sooner watch you fall. this mans speaks wise words might behove of you to heed them. best wishes hopefully you do listen praying you are before its a day and a dollar to short. have a nice day.

  4. Chaos says:

    Great Article! The Majority of Sheeple out there are sold on the Lies told to them by the Government and the State Controlled Media. People should be getting prepared and stocking up, instead they are believing that America is experiencing economic growth and everything will be fine. There is no growth, we have a terminally ill economy and we have yet to experience a major economic and social collapse. A Minority of Smart people out there are getting prepared because they don’t buy the lies from Big Brother or the Spin doctors. Things are bad and they are going to get worse, I just hope the smart people have the economic means to prepare now for the coming collapse.

  5. Jon says:

    “Therefore do not worry, saying, ; What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we wear? For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ( Matthew 6:31-33)”So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” ( Matthew 6:34)

  6. TBC says:

    One question – why should I survive?
    If my time comes up, I am ready to leave this incarnation and later on continue with some other or spend some pleasure time with no body…

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