This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
I meant to write this post earlier this week but I held off until I got a chance to ponder it a bit. In the beginning of this week I was at work around mid-morning when the power went out all of a sudden. First the computers turned off, then the lights and air conditioning shut down and emergency backup lights turned on. It was not weather related as there were no storms in the area and the sun was shining. People around me started asking “What’s going on?” Earlier this year the city had rolling blackouts and I had worried we wouldn’t be able to get out of the building.
Immediately my mind started racing. What if it’s an EMP? Is it a solar flare? Attack on the power grid? Then the planning mode/self check started: Comfortable shoes for walking… water bottle… energy bars… cell phone… Then I thought, wait a second, is the cell phone working? YES! I looked outside the high rise window and saw cars were running. In a few more minutes the power went back on. Strangely enough, the heater started running full blast, even though it was close to 80 degrees outside. The building maintenance crew came and said there was an electrical problem on our floor. Whew!
It was a small event that triggered an emergency response within me. Is this caused by obsessively reading everything you can about things that could possibly go wrong? Yes, it can be. Reading Lights Out and One Second After a few months ago kept me up a few nights worrying. It can be stressful if you keep thinking about not having enough supplies, skills and time to get it all done.
At the same time, the constant influx of bad news during this difficult period can also throw anyone in a hyper mode, prepper or non-prepper. By the time the lights turned back on, I already planned out my route to get to the school to pickup kids, as I was closer to the location than my husband. I already knew what items in my backpack would come in handy for an emergency. If something did happen, I would rather be ready.
The key is to not let yourself get too obsessed with negative events, and take a break from the constant stream of bad news. Just for this weekend, stop looking at news reports about Iran and the nuclear ambitions, don’t worry whether Greece and Italy are about to default on their debts, stop thinking about the economy. Get some exercise. Play a board game. Watch a mindless movie for a change. As for me, I am giving my mind a break. I started reading Life of Pi, which I have been meaning to read, and will watching a DVD of Cars 2 with the family.
If you already started on your path to being prepared, trust that you are doing all you can with what you have right now.
You can always go back to it on Monday.
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