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Are You Prepared in case of emergency?

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We are used to have everything we might need at a hands distance. We want food, we order some. We need whatever supplies, we go online and order or buy from the shop nearby. In today’s world of over supply, we can’t even imagine how we can run out of something, as long as you have the money to pay.

However, that has not always been the case. We in Bulgaria remember queues for essential supplies just 20 years ago. Scarcity was all around. People were stacking flour and rice as they didn’t know what tomorrow will bring. I even remember that – the sight of empty shops and a bunch of people waiting day in, day out.  Oversupply is not the case everywhere. Just take a look at Venezuela. Things are grouse there and people even went that far to butcher the horse from the zoo. I am not trying to sell panic here but it is totally possible that we end up in a situation of emergency where we lack essential supplies. So i want you to ask yourself – are you prepared in a case of emergency?

If you think i am paranoic, German government warned its people to stack water and food in a case of emergency. They suggest you have supplies for at least 10 days.

Majority of us living in cities are extremely dependable. We depend on public services for electricity, heating, water, sewage, trash collection and we depend on shops for food and other essential supplies. We don’t produce anything anymore and we have outsourced everything, being modern city people. That is a great thing as it provides for comfortable life. However, one should be prepared for emergencies.

When an emergency occurs, all civility disappears really fast. If we ever get to the point where we are short on drinking water, things might get ugly in 24 hours and there will be blood in the streets. You can find numerous videos of fires where more people die of the stampede than of the fire. People get really aggressive if the atm is not working, imagine a crisis with drinking water. You can easily browse videos where civilised people turn into violent mob in a matter of hours when in risk.

You might ask yourself where this emergency might come from. First and most obvious example is natural disaster. We get a storm or a flood and all electricity infrastructure is gone. We even see that every winter in some parts of Bulgaria. But there are also subtler risks as terrorism and i am not talking living bombs but terrorism in the form of poisoning water or chemical attack or bringing down the electric system. I recently watched a video where security consultants easily get access to the national US power grid. Some governments realize these risks and Belgium even put heavy security around the nuclear facilities. However, i don’t believe that all power, water and nuclear facilities in all countries (especially in Bulgaria) are terrorist proof. Being 21-st century that is not an insane idea.

I must admit that the idea seemed strange to me for a very long time. When i watched some Discovery shows that showed how people build shelters, stack food and water, buy weapons it seemed crazy. But not anymore. I see that the risks are feasible and even governments give a word of notice.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t cost much to have an emergency pack. It takes less than $100 actually. However, the lack of such can be fatal in a case of emergency.

Books

Geography of bliss by Eric Weiner

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41lmjrychl-_sx328_bo1204203200_This book is a very interesting journey through different places where the author seeks the answer of one question “Is the nation happy and why?”. The whole book is literally a journey through different countries where Eric explores the source of national happiness. While some chapters are not that interesting (the one on UK for example) others are a must read (Bhutan, Iceland, Moldova). You learn many facts from the national character of these countries as well – I must tell that Eric is a great story teller. He dissects everything gracefully with his skeptic eyes of a professional journalist. You will learn why Icelanders are happy and Moldovans are not. Why money does not buy happiness and what does actually?

 

What would the author say if he visited Bulgaria?

The author said it all in Moldova’s chapter.  I think that he would be depressed in Bulgaria. I knew it but now i can identify more precisely the reasons for our unhappiness. We think it is money but it is not. While they play a role to a certain extent, they don’t tell the whole truth. We are too envious of one another and not that kind of envy that drives you make great things but the hollow envy that destroys human soul. We also don’t trust each other. After 50 years of surveillance as national sport, it is hard to trust even your neighbour. Some things that probably hold us together though, are shared history and culture and love for the nature (not sure how strong these days looking at the piles of trash in the mountains).

 

I definitely recommend this book. If you are the kind of encyclopedic guy as me and look for something fun and interesting to read, Geography of Bliss will suit you well.