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Are you among the lucky few who have identified everything required to survive in a disaster situation? Have you assembled all the equipment and supplies so you are ready to deal with the unexpected? If so, congratulations! That is truly a job well-done!
However, are you aware of one of the most important rules in being a successful survivor?
Unfortunately, most people are totally unaware of this most important rule. Their ‘not knowing’ jeopardizes the very success of surviving should a disaster happen.
This most important rule is: Do not advertise you are doing disaster preparation work. It is imperative to know this rule and to never violate it.
Open curtains, open garage doors, piles of items being sorted in view of neighbors and passers-by are all an invitation for trouble. Many times you may be unable to see passersby, but they can see you in your house and what you are doing.
Some may be casing your neighborhood for theft. The types of items you are assembling are easy to resell, making you a prime target for thieves. In the aftermath of a disaster, neighbors who see or know about your preparation work, but who did nothing to prepare themselves will remember what they saw. They will make a beeline for your front door and the supplies you have stocked as they become hungry and thirsty. That once friendly and easy-going next door neighbor will become a person who will do whatever is required to obtain food and water for their family.
Not only do you not want others to know you are prepared, but you also do not want them to know where you store the equipment and supplies you have assembled. It does not matter whether you have everything stowed in your house or at some other location, do not let anyone know. All of a sudden what you considered a safe storage place can become an easy target for theft.
No matter what the disaster, natural or man-made, there will be panic among the population. What was once a peaceful and quiet neighborhood will come alive as panic sets in and people realize they should have been preparing just in-case this very thing happened. Then all of a sudden a light will go on for those who know about your planning and preparing work. They will start by knocking on your door and asking if you can help them. After all, you wave to each other or say hello every time you pass. And what about the great time you had at the last neighborhood picnic?
You say no and an angry neighbor walks away; for the time being anyway. As they become more and more desperate, the request for your help in providing for their family will turn into rage that you will not. And then as time passes and their family must have water and food, you can expect them to do whatever is required to take yours.
Whether things play out exactly this way or not; do not set yourself up for the possibility. Never tell or show others what you are doing to prepare for disaster.