I went to see the movie San Andreas the other night with my family. Now, before you say anything…yes, I know how ridiculous the movie is for a real-life scenario. Not so much the possibility for an apocalypse of geologic origin, but from what people did during the movie. I’ll be honest with you though, that’s part of the reason I went. I knew the special effects would be over the top, that the helicopter rescues wouldn’t be very realistic, and that the Rock would do things no normal human can do. I’m okay with that, because I know the difference between real and not so real.
One reason I really enjoyed the movie was because it was an excellent example of a micro-apocalypse, or a small scale mass change event (SSME). There were many examples in the movie of how people truly react in extreme situations.
There are a lot of negative reactions…
- Abandoning others to danger
- Following the crowd
- Lack of preparation
And some positive ones as well…
- Helping strangers
- Cooperating with others for the common good
- Possessing at least a basic level of know-how
- Leaving the crowd or mob when necessary
This movie is just one of the reasons I encourage people to do two things in regard to SSME’s…
- Be prepared on an individual, family, and business basis up to a certain baseline that will cover just about any event
- Train for SSME’s on a regular basis
I know a lot of people who know a lot and can handle most any situation, but, for some reason, they never prepare their families. In the movie, the Rock’s daughter had obviously been trained and prepared by her father all her life. After all, he was a war vet and a member of the LAFD medevac team. I regularly prepare my family for emergencies. For instance, I had the entire family, including our little ones sit down and go through an Active Shooter training program. That way, if we’re ever in public and something bad happens, I have a better chance on bringing my family out alive.
Don’t forget about your business or workplace. Is it prepared for continuity following an event where business is halted or changed for a period of time? If not, this is probably something you should call me to work on. For SSME’s one of the main concerns should be the return of your livelihood within a short time. You also need to consider your employees in this. I have an uncle in a hurricane prone coastal area who makes his wind-resistant warehouse available to his employees during bad storms. They can actually pull their RV’s or cars inside and sleep out of them.
Training, training, training.
It’s necessary and often forgotten. I currently live in a coastal hurricane zone. Because of this, we usually get a few near misses each year where a lot of wind and rain come in and the tourists evacuate but nothing too severe comes our way. These small storms are kind of nice because the weather cools down and the waves are great for surfing. You know what else they’re good for…training. Even with the small storms, people and businesses should take the opportunity to practice their disaster plans and see if they need any tweaking.
As I’ve said before, if you’re a serious prepper, you need more than just prepping and going to classes. You need real-life experience. Go to places where SSME’s are occurring and live or work through them. You can do this as a rambler just traveling in and out or you could volunteer with the Red Cross or any number of large church denominations and see the process from the inside out. Without some serious disaster experience in your prepper resume, you’re really just an amateur no matter how much money you’ve invested in stuff.
So, here’s a short list of potential SSME’s to watch out for and possibly respond to-
- Terrorist Incidents
- Mass Shootings
- World Cup soccer games
- Combat Zones
- and Floods
Sure, there are a lot more, but this should get you started. I’ve been to most of the events on the list, but much of my experience is with hurricanes. I’ve never tallied the entire list of storms I’ve been through, but it’s got to be around 30. It’s a great experience if you’ve never been through one.
This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!