My wife Jenn and I went to the gun show today, hoping to sell our AR15 to build that moving war-chest.  We didn’t succeed yet, but we had a good day out together anyway.  We did get to see a good example of what happens when people panic though.  Pretty much the entire show was sold out of ammunition.  The similar guns to what we were selling that were still available were priced at almost 4 times what we paid for ours a short 4 years ago.  People are operating under the assumption that something they want is going to be unavailable in the near future, which means they are willing to pay absolutely insane prices for it.  This is caused by people with a desire, failing to plan ahead.

Now I am not writing this to talk about guns, because that’s a short sighted example.  These people waited too long to do something they wanted to do, or they are acting out of fear.  Now what happens if those same type of rules are applied to something we all need.  What happens when there will be no gas or food for a week?

Gas after sandy

This is a gas station after Hurricane Sandy.  Who thinks gas is a luxury?

grocery after sandy

This is a grocery store in New York state right before Hurricane Sandy as well.  What do you think some food sells for in a situation like this?  When someone operates out of fear, they are guaranteed to be making the worst possible decisions at any given time.

So what keeps fear like this at bay?  Preparation.

Its written into our language.  A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Saving for a rainy day.  We instinctively know that we need to prepare for the unexpected occurrence, and yet so often we don’t.  Just in time inventory, Walmarts, and pizza places have convinced us that food and supplies are always in reach.  Yet we see repeatedly in disaster situations that our support systems can fall away.

Think about what you would do if you were trapped in your house for 24 hours with no electricity.  How would that go?  What about 48 or 72 hours?  These types of disasters happen all the time, and they don’t require a far fetched conspiracy.  Don’t be the person paying $20 for the last loaf of bread, or $2200 for an AR15.  Prepare now, and you will come out ahead later.