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    it's a common reaction.
    Why Don't People Prep? New Survey

    The survey findings reveal a deeper understanding of why Americans are so ill prepared, and suggest clear strategies for closing the gaps. The findings help us understand both the non-rational and rational processes at work for most citizens. The non-rational side includes the 38% of the public who say that among the reasons they have not planned is that they simply would rather not think about what would happen in a public health crisis, as well as the 44% who do not believe in worrying about things that may or may not happen in the future.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 06:49:34 AM PDT

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    •  part of what stalled my planning (5+ / 0-)

      was my struggle against clutter

      i have the tendency to stockpile, and i worked hard to stop saving too much stuff

      it wasn't easy, but i stopped buying food and household supplies in bulk- i understood it wasn't the best use of space in my home

      but just when i had pared down the amount of stuff in my small apartment, i started reading what i needed for the family if there's an emergency

      then i started preparing for an emergency, and i'm back to having a lot of stuff

      oh well.

      •  recycle it (2+ / 0-)
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        pull from what you have, replace as needed.

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 07:06:33 AM PDT

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        •  That one step . . . (0+ / 0-)

          . . . that simple, single thing - of just doubling up once or twice when shopping for non-perishables - would then allow people to have a good start on the necessary reserves, and then rotating through them.  And I understand that for some people this is a problem due to space or cost, but for most it would be a minor inconvenience at best - and a damned good thing if push come to shove.

          Read or *listen to* my SF novel for free. (-7.13/-7.33)

          by Shadan7 on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 07:17:53 AM PDT

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          •  Space is relative (1+ / 0-)
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            Even in a tiny studio, you can store canned goods under/behind the couch, under a coffee table (throw a tablecloth on it if you don't want the supplies to be visible), etc.

            We have about 3-5 months' worth of food, a decent first aid kit, and all major OTC drugs on hand.  Water drops and N95 masks, too.

            The hard part if prescription drugs.  2 of the 3 we're on, we have extra for (cheap to pay for out of pocket).

            The third?  1 month is $800 out of pocket.  The doctor will write a prescription for us for 3 months' supply, but insurance won't cover it.

            $2400.  

      •  Not so much of a problem... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...if the stockpiling and packratting is of the right things.  :-)  (I've got a bit of a packmouse problem myself - not as big as a packrat, but I still let things clutter up because I don't like to throw them away.)

        "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

        by The Peanut Gallery on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 07:58:08 AM PDT

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      •  There are times (0+ / 0-)

        when it is appropriate to stockpile for particular circumstances and that is different from generalized hoarding.

        •  i know what you're saying (1+ / 0-)
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          but i used to buy large quantities of things i would use because it was cheaper that way-

          it really was a poor use of my space, because bulk purchases would make parts of my living space unusable- really

          i do stock up differently now- less on paper goods and cleaning supplies, and more on canned goods

          but it was hard for me to go back to maintaining a stash of food once i had pared down.  it really, really was.

          we're buting a house- this week we close, but i've got a family of five in a two bedroom attic apartment- w/ the slanted ceilings i still bump my head sometimes (and i'm only 5' tall.)  plus i'm too tall for the shower.  i'm not kidding.

          space really has been an issue.

    •  Oh, gosh. But there are nuts like me (0+ / 0-)

      I expanded my first aid kit to include a multitude of bandages, drapes, gloves, 1/2 inch thick flannel masks, over-jackets, tape for household emergencies during a time of possible limited access to retail outlets.  I expanded my hurricane supplies to 2-3 weeks of canned goods, floating wick oil candles, numerous solar lights (no flame, heat or soot :) ) I bought the Oscillococcunum and vacuum sealed that along with ASA, powdered electrolytes, and vit. C.  I have plastic bags intended for use with paraffin baths to use as shoe covers if I go to a public place....haven't addressed the reading of mail yet, but I will.  LOL

    •  That complacency -- or avoidance -- (0+ / 0-)

      is evident in so many other slow-motion collapses we're seeing -- species collapse, toxin buildup, climate chaos, peak resources, and more. The evidence is all around us, but we'd rather eat cheet-os and go out for "shopping therapy" instead of rethinking our place in the world. The last century of partying like it's 1999 is catching up, and if we don't grapple with these things, it will be ruinous.

      How to get people to engage with these themes is a complicated issue -- some leadership from our politicians could go a long way.

      All the news that scares us silly: postapocology.com

      by mwmwm on Sun Jun 01, 2008 at 10:13:02 AM PDT

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