By Jason Ratcliff
If the Katrina disaster in New Orleans taught us anything it is that we can not count on our government to ride in on their white horse and save the day. There is simply too much bureaucracy involved in the governmental process to be efficient when your life is hanging in the balance. It took days for basic necessities such as food, water and temporary shelter to reach displaced citizens. It was neighbor helping neighbor and the faith based community coming together that made the difference.
Americans have come to depend on their government for their needs. We are the only country in the world where you will find poor obese people. We know that if bad times come our way, Uncle Sam will come to the rescue. This dependability has slowly eroded the spirit of self reliance in America. Over 200 years ago, our ancestors knew that if they were to survive the harsh winter ahead that they had better work, plan and stockpile provisions while the weather was good. Like our ancestors, we need to adopt this spirit of reliance before disaster strikes.
We know that the basic necessities are food and water and these should no doubt be at the top of the list but following a close second should be firearms and ammunition. We have seen time and time again how destruction, looting and criminal acts closely follow a disaster. These situations have a way of bringing out the worst in people and can develop very quickly. During a disaster, human aggression can become very high. Make sure you have not only the things to sustain life but also the tools to protect it.
Jason Ratcliff owns Empower Defense and Life Skills LLC, a self defense and personal development company in Ohio. He has been in law enforcement for 15 years and is currently assigned to the patrol bureau of his agency. Jason can be contacted through his website at www.EmpowerDLS.com or at 614-989-9644.
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