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Prepared vs. Paranoid

The fact that things are going to get worse before they get better is reality. Every day we are seeing more resorts close, cruises docked, airlines grounded and companies closing until further notice. What is happening? How are we going to get through this?

First, calm down. Covid 19 is a great example of society not being prepared for the unexpected. Paranoid behavior and fear takes over common sense. The next thing you know we are out of toilet paper and canned food. Side note, if you have a shower and no toilet paper you can still take care of business. Just saying. Again, common sense needs to prevail over hysteria. Fact, the world is not coming to an end. China who was the first to see the virus is now starting to open stores and business is going back on line. It will only be a matter of time before the United States is in recovery mode. Another fact, we need to help our neighbors. If we get anything out of this crisis at all I hope it is the realignment of our country. Take inventory of what is truly important and start to move the country forward as one people and leave the division aside. This leaves me to the title of this blog. I sit with my back to the wall facing an entrance when I am at a restaurant. Before a movie starts my kids know the exits of the theater and where to meet if something bad goes down. I do not carry items in my right hand while in a store in case I need to draw my weapon. There is a plan if my family is separated at an amusement park. I can hunt, fish and forage for food in the forest if grocery stores close. I know basic first aid. My intention is not to give you laundry list of things I can do but to get all of you thinking. Are you prepared for the unexpected? Do you have basic life skills outside of Facebook and Instagram? I would even challenge some of you to know how to change a tire or pump gas into your vehicle. The facts are very clear. We have created a society of people that only has the skills to swipe to the next screen on their phones. People are withdrawn, socially inept, depressed and frankly unskilled in the basics of survival. It is time to be more prepared for life. It is not paranoia if you have plans and procedures set up to keep your family safe. You have many SOP’s in place at work, why wouldn’t you have some in place at home? Do not be complacent, be prepared for whatever life throws at you. You will be fine in the coming months. The zombies are not coming and Charmin will soon be on the shelves of your local grocery store.

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