This week, a large part of the east coast was hit with a pretty strong snow storm that caused some power outages and hazardous driving conditions, canceling school and work for many. Part way through the storm on Tuesday, I headed out to clear my car and driveway of snow, and, once again, had one of those thoughts that plague survivalists like me. I was the only one in my neighborhood who was clearing the snow, which meant I was the only one preparing for an emergency.
I like to have my vehicle ready to go in case I have to head out into the weather, be it for something as simple as gallon of milk or as important as rushing a child with a fever to the doctor. Every time there is a snow storm, I clear my area every few hours to ensure a fast exit time if needed, and I just can’t believe how few people seem to consider this as important.
Now I know that this isn’t a typical self-defense topic, but being prepared for any emergency is something I consider to be family defense. Being prepared is more than having a shotgun in the corner, a handgun on the hip and a first-aid kit in glove box. It’s a lifestyle that never ends, even when you’re stuck inside playing "snow monster eats the kids."