Skip to comments.Children During and After an Economic Crisis
Posted on 10/20/2012 6:52:51 PM PDT by Kartographer
Ive been receiving email and messages lately regarding the issue of kids and how an economic crisis can affect them. This would also apply to other long term SHTF events where daily life is disrupted and changes for the worse.
I am drawing here from my own personal experience in Argentina during and after the crisis and also what was happening to others at that time. Besides that, I have gathered information over the years regarding what happened in other places during other long term disasters. Using that information I can boil it down to three main problems that specifically affect a child and you should prepare to deal with them.
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Dear God, the pic of that poor little child squatting and eating off the pavement, wrenches my guts. I wish I could somehow help him...
The very young and the very old will probably have high mortality rates.
Let me put it this way: You have car insurance in case something happens to your car and you probably put a chunk of money every month into that insurance - who do you love the most - your car or your children? You are protecting your car in case something happens to it, what about your children? Something could happen that would harm them - do you care as much about that as your car?
Insuring/prepping for your children to have a future costs some money and so does insuring your car.
I don't have small children but I have prep insurance for my grown son and two other relatives and they don't even know I have spent money preparing for them. I prefer to have them alive than have that money.
If you have friends to persuade to prepare for their children, try using the car insurance tact to impress upon them their children are worth more than car insurance and the money they would spend in preps.
In a long term emergency, millions of children will die. After Hurricane Ike passed through Houston and then my area, I was amazed that as soon as the hurricane was through Houston, people were lining up for water and food. I couldn’t believe it - they had nothing? They had days to prepare and they had nothing - their children will die soon when a real emergency lasting many weeks happens as FEMA will not be there in an emergency that covers the whole country.
There is food everywhere right now and the great majority of people have nothing in their homes, maybe two/three days worth and that's it and I would bet the majority doesn't have that much.
There will be many sad days for children if parents do not prepare.
most people today never grew up with a pantry, much less a root cellar. certainly not that kind of mentality. they also have grown up believing cheating is okay, and people deserve to have stuff stolen if they won’t voluntarily share it with them.
Those who require insulin and dialysis are going to be in deep doo-doo
Bacon was $4.50/lb at the grocery last night.
Before the Democrats took control of Congress in 2006, my wife and kids rode in a brand new Chevy Suburban, and we owned a 3,500 square foot house. I drove a 2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide, and business was good.
Since that time, life for us has changed dramatically. All those things are long gone, and my old work truck is the family’s sole means of transport. We haven’t owned our own home for six years, and simply thank God that we can even afford to rent.
My wife took the kids to the dollar theater today. First time they’ve seen a first run movie in years, and they were stoked. We’ve learned to appreciate the little things in life, but when you can’t even afford dental work for your family, and can only replace your kids’ shoes when they’re falling off their feet, you know something’s got to change.
Lord willing, it will, come January 20th, 2013.
A parent should assume something could happen to their water and food and medicine and shelter even if they don’t believe it. Assume the worst is going to happen so you can protect your children no matter what happens - or doesn’t.
I have generally always kept enough water and food to feed my son, dil, grandson and I for at least two months. Been gradually increasing that for a few months now. My son has all the camping and survival gear because they do camp a lot in deserted areas so we’re in pretty good shape, except do need more firepower and will take care of that soon.
I know what you mean about Ike. My son stayed to take care of our two houses and help neighbors if need be. He was truly amazed by the number of people who had no ax, shovel, saw or any kind of equipment or even something as elementary as a hand operated can opener. People seemed shocked that there was no fuel, groceries, ice, water, batteries or anything in the stores. First question from a lot of them - when is FEMA coming?
I tried to volunteer for a while at the Astrodome after Katrina hit and we were inundated by refugees. Really opened my eyes.
We evacuated with 3 million other people for Rita. I couldn’t believe the people that left the Houston area with almost no gas in their cars. I think that was the first time it really dawned on me how woefully unprepared people are.
Certainly living in a hurricane area does give you a very, very slight glimpse into what happens when everything is shut down.
My power was out but due to preps, my TV worked, phone worked, radio worked, and I could cook hot food. So, I saw all that happening in Houston. How could they possibly need water and food the minute Ike was out of there?
The people in the townhomes around me had cold sandwiches all those days and no way to make hot coffee or tea or even heat a can of soup. We have had hurricanes comes through before, but they never had the thought to figure out how to have a way to cook. One family had a charcoal grill but that's not great to have concentrated heat to make coffee or heat food quickly.
The people in this small complex of townhomes are not stupid people but it seems they can't think past water in the faucet and electric stoves working. Perhaps this is a severe case of normalcy bias - they can't let themselves think past normal.
I dumped thinking “normal” a long time ago to the point having water in the pipes and power working is not normal for me. My normal is it not working. That way, I'm thankful for every day it works and not surprised when it doesn't. If it all goes out, my life style doesn't change much as I'm prepared for that.
The young carry the hope for a future, the elderly hold the wisdom of the past.
Without the young there is no future.
Without the skills and wisdom of the past the future becomes even more bleak.
All true, but it doesn’t change anything.
The essence of normalcy bias is a "Yeah, right" sort of response to an often repeated warning that rarely if ever pans out. Which makes me wonder, is the "Never cry wolf" fable still taught or have "they" decided it isn't needed any more, just like they decided we didn't need gauges in cars anymore, only "idiot lights" to tell us when there is a problem, that someone else will decipher for us and then fix for us? This is the clue to the other side of the problem.
We have willingly given over to letting others do for us, be responsible for us, our retirement and healthcare, to cook for us, clean for us, to be our experts and proxies in life.
On many levels, we act a lot like the very rich, entitled, spoiled and lazy, perpetual children of those who won the war and saved the world from evil and us from the need for personal responsibility.
And why wouldn't we? We have taught ourselves that the Government or a union or some agency will always take care of us and elect those who sustain that illusion.
Life is "the same ol' same old"...no reason to change or think differently...and aren't we surprised when something "unexpectedly" takes our illusion away?
Then there are the adults who act like babies who refuse to do anything for themselves and bring everyone else down. Those want everyone to wallow in their pity party. A lot of that Katrina trash are in this group. I'll never forget when the news crew gave a white woman a bottled water and she yelled at them because it wasn't chilled properly.
The book “Where There Is No Doctor” should be now read by anyone with children. It gives important information about keeping children medically safe.