Today is the 71st anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That morning at 7:55am the bombings began leaving over 2400 people dead and launching the United States into WWII. It took hours and even days for the news to reach all Americans. Today such an attack would immediately be known thanks to instant news coverage and the internet. If you had been around in 1941 what would you have done when you heard the news? Bugged out? Hunkered down? Put your preparation plans into effect?
What about in 1939? What would you have done knowing were the world was headed? How would you have prepared knowing another world war was brewing? Would your current preps have carried you through the great depression?
Looking back over the last 100 years lets face it, the shit has hit the fan more than once. WWI, 1918 flu pandemic, the stock market crash of 1929, the great depression, WWII, Korean War, Cuban missile crisis, the threat of nuclear war, the race riots in the 1960’s, the energy crisis of the 1970’s, terrorism, financial meltdowns, the housing collapse, 9/11, natural disasters and countless other challenges we have faced.
For many people these events changed life, as they knew it forever. For those who survived the great depression, it was because they were resourceful and generally they were able to grow their own food. No matter how much food you have stockpiled it will eventually run out. The people who survived the 1918 pandemic flu were generally very isolated from population centers. People who were not invested in the stock market in 1929 did not lose it all. In the 1970’s if you were living off grid you didn’t care what the price of oil was. Today it is even easier to live off the grid and be more self-sufficient.
On 9/11 if you lived in New York City or Washington DC, you would have had a very good reason to grab your bug out bag and get out of dodge. Like Pearl Harbor, no one knew what other events were going to unfold or if there were going to be more attacks on that day. The threat of the unknown is always very real. The real challenge is knowing when to act and when to realize this is not the end of the world, as you know it.
History has shown us there are many excellent reasons to prep and be prepared. By examining the events of the past 100 years we can learn not only what to prepare for but for signs of trouble in the future. History has given us many valuable lessons on survival. People have endured; they have survived through the worst of times. By learning from these lessons your preparations for the unexpected will take on a more rational approach. You can use these history lessons to explain why you prep and help others to realize the necessity of being prepared for the unexpected.
Today is a day to remember those who gave their lives for this country and to learn the lessons from the past so you will be better prepared in the future.