There are all kinds of things in our lives that, if left undone in better times, make life more difficult than it needs to be when hard times come.
President John F. Kennedy put it best when he said “the time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining”. It’s about looking ahead at problems, and taking steps to either eliminate them or make them more easily dealt with.
With some problems, like loose roof tiles, it’s easy to understand why it’s important to sort out, and we all understand that fixing the loose slates on a sunny day beats dealing with the leak in the next heavy downpour. Another example might include filling your car up with petrol the night before your long trip, to avoid the early morning commuter rush at the service station.
The point is, that we all understand that taking some steps when it is easy, can reduce stress and panic later.
Of course its less easy to prepare for problems you don’t expect. After all, how many of us expect the food to run out at the supermarket? Or how many of us expect our mains water supply to be cut off for a prolonged period? These are things most of us take for granted, but maybe we shouldn’t.
Some real life examples include water supply problems in 2009 and 2015 in Northern Ireland, which left thousands of homes without water for several days, and even more homes with limited or interrupted supply.The BBC reported one woman’s experience:
“All local supermarkets and garages have sold out of bottled water and there doesn’t appear to be any supplies available…”
Or, what about the winter weather in 2010, which affected deliveries to supermarkets. The Express reported one customer’s experience:
“Staple foods were fast disappearing from supermarket shelves as shoppers who managed to brave the bad weather sought to stock up on essentials such as bread and milk.”
Thankfully such events are not frequent, but climate change experts suggest that we will experience more extreme weather.
Even though we might not always be able to take access to food and water for granted, if we are prepared we don’t need to worry – especially when being prepared is very much easier than repairing a roof. It’s simply a case of keeping emergency food and water supplies, in your home. What could be simpler? Especially when you can buy supplies from our very own website.
Think preparation, not panic.