The world has and is rapidly changing. Some people like the massive changes. Many do not. Some feel an impending world crisis will occur "soon". Maybe, Maybe not. But only about 2% have done anything to protect themselves and families should something BAD happen caused either by nature or by man. Why is this? Are the 2% just paranoid and the world will be just fine? Well, bad things (i.e. WW2) have happened in the past but predicted "end of the world" scenarios have often been predicted but nothing happened. Most recent was the predicted end of the world because the Mayan calendar ended on December 21, 2012. If those who became paranoid and consumed by this date if they had done some reading they would have realized the Mayan people were not aware of "daylight savings time". That the world circles the sun not every 365 days but every 365 days and about 6 hours. So every four years a "leap day" occurs with February 29th added. The Mayan calendar has no leap years. Thus December 21, 2012 actually fell in late October. Their worry was in vain! Still, many believe being a "prepper" (being prepared to survive for X days or months with no outside support, products, assistance etc. is nothing more than "uncertain future insurance". Nothing more - just like having life, car, house and health insurance. It's there if you need it. If the unlikely ever occurs a "prepper" and his/her family can survive even if markets, banks etc. close for even months. Can you? Psychiatric medicine has a term for being aware of an impending "danger" but being in such shock that the person "freezes" doing nothing until it is too late. "Preppers" believe they are only two percent of the American population. This is higher in Europe especially with older people who remember the Armageddon that was WW2. Those over 70 years of age number as many as 20% who are "preppers" having food, water, etc. stored away to survive for weeks to months. If it's never needed they just rotate the food and it costs them nothing. In fact, preppers report saving money assuming inflation keeps causing the price of food to increase. They are eating today what they bought, say, nine months ago. This can amount to hundreds of dollars a year of savings! More than enough to compensate for having money tied up in extra supplies (the "necessities" of life). But the "deer in the headlights" syndrome causes most people to say "yes, I should do something" BUT they never do. The medical name for this is "freezephobia". Google the word prepper or prepping to learn about the topic. I wrote a guidebook for preppers found at infinitedangers.com (catchy name - that's all). Saves people the hassle of deciding what is needed and, more important, what is NOT needed. I've had readers buy the book AFTER assembling their supplies write me saying "I wasted thousands of dollars on items I did not need!" or "I bought an expensive gadget (i.e. water maker) you proved is a hoax". Bad things DO happen every day to people all over the world but rarely do they happen to many people over large areas all at once. Do you want or need to "prepare" for possible future uncertainties? That is up to you. Many prefer to just live day to day dealing with problems as they arise. Some prepare in advance "just in case". But feeling you need to "prepare" but don't know what to do can cause unnecessary mental stress. That is freezephobia. Jumping out of the way of a speeding automobile you first see blocks away instead of letting it hit you with your body unable to move is "freezephobia".

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