Timing and Emergencies (#38)
Planning, preparing, and timing can be a tricky business. We should never make plans out of fear which I've written about before in Don't Make Decisions Driven by Fear (7).
At the same time, if you wait for official word that there is a problem then you are too late. Once a critical mass of people realize that it's time to be concerned and take action, you are too late. It will be much more difficult to purchase and do the things you wish to do. I wrote about this when I addressed the many pitfalls of just-in-time delivery in Why You Need to Prepare (3).
A friend emailed today and asked me if I was seeing a lot more activity in this forum given the current situation in China and now around the world. I responded that it's tricky to know how much to discuss this topic and encourage people to read what I write here. Should I write more? How much should I write? I don't want to be a fear monger and drive people away from my website. Prudent & Prepared is just a small part of what I do here.
On the other hand, I think this is the biggest potential pandemic threat of my lifetime. If I'm reading and learning, I feel like I should share what I've discerning. This may all come to nothing here in the USA and I sincerely hope it does. I do not want to live through a pandemic or a quarantine. At all. I'm not one of these people who gets excited about the thought of people suffering so I can be "right" about something. I'd rather be completely wrong.
We each have to decide how much of a threat we feel this is. If you are at all inclined toward taking action, then do it now. Don't wait. If you take a wait and see attitude, then you may not get the chance to act. Better to act now and do some things for your family's well-being than wait two or three weeks to see how things develop and find out you missed the ideal window.
If this thing does increase the way some health experts are discussing, then the ideal window is now. It isn't in a week or two. It's today and this weekend. Every day that passes means more people start thinking about the potential problems. And every day that people start thinking about potential problems means more people start acting. It doesn't even have to be a visible panic and rush to purchase things. It can be people quietly going to the store and buying much more than they usually do and taking it home. If you get enough people doing that quietly, you will start to see shortages.
Those are my thoughts. Timing is everything in something like this. If you aren't worried, then just ignore what I've written. If you have any prompting or prodding that maybe you should think about doing something, then do it. Don't wait.
This situation will not get more ideal than it is right now if it is going to escalate.
Thankful wife of David for 23 years and momma to Caroline for 13 years - Relaxed/Unschoolerish - Lover of books - Seeker of wisdom - Drinker of too many coconut milk mochas from Starbucks