Message for Bear but ALL may read this!
I've mentioned before that I'm in charge of Disaster Response for my Church. Bear, you and I are on the SAME Page! My wife and I have the LEAST money of anyone else in the church, yet WE are the only family that has a year food supply put back.I cannot get ANYBODY to buy even 1 or 2 extra cans of food to put back for emergencies when they go to the store. It IS the normalcy Bias in Operation. Though no one is saying it, I can see it in their eyes, they're looking at me as though I don't know what I'm talking about.I have sent them reports about this situation directly from the sources that produced those reports and they STILL will not do even the most BASIC of preps. They just CAN'T give up 2 or 3 Latte's in a week to buy a $20.00 Sawyer Mini! I incurred the WRATH of my Pastor 2 weeks ago when I sent out a mass email to the membership telling them they need to get off their A$$E$. I was nearly REMOVED from my post over this! People were more upset by my using a bad word than my plea for their LIVES! I have always been poor. I have done the best I can with God has seen fit to give to me. I have learned that it is not how much or how little you have-it is what you DO with what you have!!!!! I bring in a whopping $230 a Month SSI, plus a small disability payment due to a car accident. My wife has a full time job-for NOW anyway. Because she is a tenured Federal employee, she acts like she's fine and nothing is going to touch her. So far she has been correct, but I am not so optimistic. She has just 12 Months to go and she can retire at 57 Years old with a Full Pension. She THINKS its all Golden. I have tried make her see till I was Blue in the face, that even THAT can be taken if we suffer a large enough collapse. If the U.S. Govt. does what Greece did, ALL of the IRA funds, the Stocks we hold, and the hard cash savings can disappear by a single vote in Congress or by the Stroke of a President's Pen! THIS is why I have taken the initiative of building a 600 Watt Solar Station to at least provide lighting & comms in the event of a Grid Failure, A Kerosene Heater and a Year's worth of fuel, a Butane Camp Stove and a Year's worth of fuel, 18 Month's supply of my Prescription Meds, and of course the needed items for personal protection. I have ALSO been scraping for ANY bit of money I can find, and we have put back enough cash to cover our normal living expenses for several Months.That cash is NOT kept in our home; it is in a secured location off-site! DOING THE THINGS!