Friday, November 2, 2012

What's in a name?

It was really weird hearing my name (Sandy) so much this past week. Now I know what the Katrinas of the world felt a few years ago. As a resident of Florida, I am well aware of the devastation that can be caused by a hurricane, no matter what "category" it falls under. As a beginning homesteader/prepper, I have lots of facebook friends with similar interests. I have been seeing different reactions to the storm from different people, some affected, some not. Many preppers are saying things like, "We don't seem so crazy now, do we?" I'd just like to point out that it is not the preps that make you look crazy, it's the conspiracy theories. For example, I've seen people claiming that President Obama caused the hurricane using HAARP. There are so many reasons why that would be a stupid and heartless thing to do (if it were even possible), and President Obama is neither. I have also seen prepper types posting not very nice things about people who were not prepared. This storm has me seriously considering revising my facebook friends list.
On the other hand, there are prepared people who are capable of empathy and who are not crazy conspiracy theorists. I have seen friends in New York, who were prepared but not affected, donating things like formula and diapers to those in need. I'd like to point out that these people do not have infants of their own, but they stockpile these things for just this type of situation-to help others in need in a time of disaster. This is the type of prepper I aspire to be.

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