End of the World : Join the Preppers?
The words may be a bit strong but maybe the World is not that strong!
However, I’m not going to tell you about the Apocalypse but how to go about preparing to face a severe crisis.
It is not just movies are dealing with this subject. Many may recall the year 2012 as the fall of civilisation according to Mayan predictions! It also gets mentioned in the Holy Scriptures. Even Hergé deals with it in Tintin’s Shooting Star when Prof. Phostle walks the streets banging the gong and calling us to redemption…
Have you got it yet?
Here I can hear you unbelievers saying: “It’s just fiction!”
Yet haven’t we seen:
ØPeople climbing on to roofs or camping in their attic when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf of Mexico and the southern United States,
ØThe volcanic eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland. Stranding thousands of people in airports or in their homes.
ØThe massive migration of people in Europe taking place nowadays.
These types of massive problems could affect you, or what if they happen to you?
Getting prepared for such disorders of civilisation also means getting ready to face them… How long will you be able to stand such disruptions?
One or two weeks? A month; a few months? A whole year maybe?
This is where the limit between a manageable crisis and chaos lies.
Governments have made disaster preparedness lists and kits: here the one from International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies .
They’ve told us about the importance of water and food. TV, radio, newspapers, all other communications media and government reminds us about it!
Food and water and even communications are important for sure, but is that it?
No water means the end, but basic hygiene is paramount. No, not talking of science fiction again. Just crucial points. Our health would be threatened and one would not last long.
This is why, whatever the process, everybody agrees we must have food and good hygiene.
Now you have a dilemma: saving water but still keeping your environment clean!
This means having clean clothes, sheets and dishes without having to wash them; the less water you waste, the longer you will be safe.
We could get our inspiration from how governments deal with disasters, as they tend to attempt to consider all eventualities.
However, reality is often worse than envisaged.
Traumatic experiences such as the big tsunami in Thailand or the latest Syrian exodus showed how good logistics are primordial. Beyond a large supply of food and water, processes always include providing tents, beds, clean sheets and blankets.
Which is why governments have agreements with specialized companies such as Caractère Paris, whose expertise of emergencies and capacity to provide thousands of disposable linen and blankets within 24 hours makes it a key player.
For space saving the equipment is designed to be transported without specialised equipment and can easily be stored.
As single citizens, we too can get ready to face the unpredictable!