Are you prepared for when the "big one" hits?
I am writing this post because a friend of mine allows fear to control her mind as well as her wallet. Since the quake yesterday, she has been frantically gathering supplies (most of which she does not need) in an attempt to prepare for "The Big One". First of all, earthquakes in California are not unheard of. Second, we live in Washington and even though they say we can be hit just as hard, there is no point in nervously counting the days. Earthquake enthusiasts have been trying to predict this since I can remember! Is it really going to happen? Sure, there is a fair chance, but I am not going to hold my breath. Remember Y2K? Exactly. Retailers alike are going to use this most recent quake in California as an excuse to scare the general public into buying things they don't necessarily need. I wonder how long it will take for somebody to mass produce "The Big One Survival Kit". Don't laugh! People ran out in herds to buy the Y2K Survival Kit :-) Maybe I should be the one to create it and mass produce it. I am sure I could make a pretty penny, but then again I would never be able to sleep at night knowing that I am taking advantage of people through fear (like our wonderful government shamelessly does for example).
A color coded terror scale?!? Seriously?!? HOMELAND SECURITY IS A FREAKING JOKE ANY WAY!!!
While I am on the subject, where was homeland security on 9/11? Oh, thats right, the Bush administration deliberately allowed it! By allowing the worst act of terrorism on American soil to take place, they were then able to control the people through fear"(as planned). Once the American people were afraid, it was a cake walk getting the majority to agree to war. They blame it on Osama Bin Laden, a SAUDI supposedly turned renegade, so to retaliate we waste MILLIONS & MILLIONS by pointlessly dropping bombs on the mountains of Afghanistan(which did nothing by the way) and then go invade Iraq. Is anybody else confused??? Bin Laden attacks America... America retaliates on Iraq??? Here we are BILLIONS of dollars and thousands of American deaths later and we STILL HAVE YET to find these so called weapons of mass destruction. Wasn't that the excuse in the first place? Oh wait, how could I forget about the oil :-) All we managed to do was put our country further into debt, cause a recession, send thousands of our countrymen to their graves, arrest Saddam, kill his sons & turn a country upside down in hopes they will simply adopt the ways of the west. That is like invading Isreal and then trying to get them to adopt the ways of the Palestinians. Looks like your plan worked well Mr President. Put fear into the American people so you can mastermind your plan to pad your pockets as much as possbile before you leave office.
Any way, I totally got off subject but you get the point I am trying to make :-) DO NOT LET FEAR CONTROL YOUR MIND OR YOUR WALLET! It is wise to prepare yourself in case of a natural disaster such as the quake back in 1906, but do not buy into the media hype and end up spending a fortune on things you do not necessarily need. Things like first aid kits, extra bottled water, food, flashlights, batteries, clothing, blankets, etc will get you by until help arrives. Do not spend thousands trying to earthquake proof your house, your car, etc. All I have to say is "EARTHQUAKE INSURANCE". Get it if you don't have it and recommend it to your clients as well.