Week 12: 2011-05-26
With Memorial Day approaching, today I’m asking all readers to consider this question:
How can we best serve our country in preparing for an Armageddon event?
I know several readers and contributors are serving or have served in the military. Many are concerned about the direction our country is going. Some feel the government actually interferes with individual preparedness.
What are your feelings, concerns, and thoughts on the question?
Check back soon and see what your fellow readers have to say.– Doc Cindy
One of the best things we can do as believers in individual responsibility and preparedness is to spread the word that what some used to call “survivalism” is not a fringe movement. Thanks to the smear job many in the leftist media do on us, we are too often viewed as crackpots or worse. This is simply untrue. I always sell people on the idea of prepping being like the Boy Scouts, only for adults. No sane person hopes for a breakdown in society due to war, natural disaster, economic crisis or other cause. That said, if the worst does not come to pass, you have still come out ahead by learning useful skills, becoming more self-reliant, and by meeting new friends and colleagues. There’s no downside to any of this. And relying on government to save you when things get rough, as Katrina taught us, is rolling the dice bigtime. “Chance favors the prepared mind”…
This will be more in the form of a question. Here in VA when renewing our medical liscense, we are asked to sign up for something called a “medical reserve corp” to provide a pool of med pros to respond to disasters. Anyone have any experience with this (or something like it)?
I believe, however, that question on the professional license renewals is not a mandate to join, correct?
It is posed as an option if you are interested, or available to be called upon in the event of a medical need in a disaster.
I have not seen this query on any of the other states of which I am licensed to practice.
Anyone else have this question on their renewals?
I haven’t encountered the question in Ohio.
You are correct, it is not mandatory. Just seeking info. I would be willing to volunteer for something of this sort but am very leery of committing myself without knowing the ins and outs (esp the outs)
I pestered my local officials about getting a CERT together, but they wimped out. We ended up with an MRC unit, but I don’t think it was publicized well. It was pitched to a retired nurses group, and that’s pretty much all we got. I joined as the only mental health practioner.
Volunteerism isn’t promoted by any of the licensing/certification boards that I am involved with.
On an individual basis of responsibility, we can best serve our country by preparing for all of our own family’s needs, instead of expecting the government, or anyone else for that matter, to assist us in a time of crisis.
This means honing up on our medical skills and learning a few new ones for the just-in-case scenario of TEOTWAWKI. This may be a tad uncomfortable for some, in having to be skilled in areas outside of our specialties.
Formulate group participation for preparation and seek out others who have a similar life and moral philosophy, but have different skill sets from your own.
Goal toward having your group become as self-sufficient as possible.
Years ago when I was working towards my MBA the joke was: The manufacturing department works very hard to produce a quality dependable product on time and under budget for sale to the consumer. The management, engineers, sales staff, accountants, and unions work equally as hard to stop them.
When it comes to our government, with few exceptions, it does indeed appear their job is to prevent us from succeeding, prevent us from preparing, and if somehow we are able to do either of these things, then their job is to hunt us down and punish us.
After 10 yrs in the Army as a medic, I don’t feel I can offer the same services as when I first came in. I now go to school full time for my AAS Paramedic, and will bridge over for RN. I also volunteer as a firefighter. I try and give back when I can, but I think I can save more lives by opening people’s minds now versus saving the dying later. I try and put the bug in people’s ears that preparing is essential, especially in present times. There are so many people out there that think that TEOTWAWKI won’t happen. Bring up recent natural disasters and they refer to the classic, “the government will save us.”
God Bless America, our Vets, and all of you.