Its 2013, and we (the royal we) have been preaching, "get prepared" for a decade or longer. 3 Days- 3 Ways or RESOLVE TO BE READY IN 2013 and other preparedness messages.
I don't know if its me or not but they aren't getting it. We have called upon the ghost of Katrina, Joplin and other disasters to no avail. So maybe its time to try something different!
Many of you are enlightened and know that the research is showing that scary pictures don't work. Lets try reason and explanations. Lets try explaining what is/could happen when a disaster strikes.
Lets start with simple things-
· Electricity, we throw a switch it comes on, if not we get a flashlight, everyone has a flashlight. Hey step one completed in the electricity column.
· What else doesn't work without electricity- gas pumps (imagine long lines, what a waste of time) always keep your car above 3/4 (or a half) - Check-mark
· Food will spoil, don't buy a survival kit (unless you want one) every time you shop buy one extra can of Stew & crackers. Check-mark
Lets really think about how we can help people become more prepared without building a kit and work up to plans with some easy common methods. How about a text per week that are preloaded on your reverse dial system with a tip every week.
Or an email. We have to keep trying but as Albert Einstein said " doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity”.
I don't have all the answers and we are running out of Federal Money for research, so lets (the royal we again) try some new things, if you see results, write about it and get it out to the field; lets up our preparedness quota too.