Americans as a whole have the “it won’t happen to me” mind set, fantasizing they live in a bubble of perfection. Ryan Hartung, a Pennsylvania resident, has the same attitude toward the occurrences of natural disasters.
Hartung, a sophomore at Clemson University, expressed that since Pennsylvania is not very prone to natural disaster he is not too concerned about preparing for them. Due to the recent activity around the world in the last few years, he does think about them, but is still caught up in the motto “it won’t happen to me.”
Elementary safety of hiding under the desk captures most peoples extent of a disaster plan.
” No, I do not plan or prepare for them in any elaborate way because they never really happen around me,” said Hartung.
The denial attitude people uphold, is not going to be broken until it hits home. Natural disasters are portrayed through a television screen to most people, unaware of the dark unobserved drama.
Being unaware and under educated could attribute to the lack of preparation people have for natural disasters.
“If I were to make a plan, I would probably put flashlights, battery powered radio and cellphone, water, and nonperishable foods together somewhere in my house,” explain Kristina Lazicki.
Lazicki, the health trainer for Elon Athletics, gave a simple solution to such a catastrophic event. In her defense, most people answers resembled hers. The lack of first hand experience give people a whimsical outlook on the possible disasters.
With the recent devastation in Japan, the idea floats around a little more than usual, but the feeling is more grief than a matter of concern. People know the possibilities of natural disasters but seeing it through a TV screen is as close as they feel they will get.
Who Does Plan?
Is it the experience or the knowledge that drives people to plan? The years being around to witness other disasters? What drives people to seek out a well thought plan in case of any sort of emergency.
Veronica Luedke, an international student from Canada, has been well prepared all the way through her educational years.
” We have been expecting a large earthquake for the last 100 years on the west coast,” explained Luedke, ” and it could spark other natural disasters to occur.”
Areas that are high-risk understandably prepare must more thoroughly than areas who have not seen action in decades. West coast Canadians practice intense evacuation drills as well as require students to prepare an “earthquake kit” each year being pre-cautious of any possible event.
“We make emergency care packages so that we could survive for a couple days if something were to happen. We put nonperishable foods, things to stay warm, pictures for comfort, a pen and paper and a flashlight and we have to renew the kit each year to keep it fresh,” said Luedke.
North Carolina resident and PA at Duke Hospital, Laurie Lee, also does not take the possibilities of disasters lightly. Being a resident for 28 years, Lee knows that summers get exceptionally hot exposing them to the threat of storms and hurricanes.
“After two children I have much more responsibilities, and we prepare for these events as a family, I feel more often then most, but I do not want to take the risk of my children not knowing what to do or where to go,” said Lee.
Lee also owns a family farm, and it accountable for all the animals as well. She sees the animals as close as her family.
“We have a trailer large enough to transport all the horses at once if we need to,” said Lee.
The Lee family has an internal room in their house that is protected on all sides in the event of a tornado, they all know where to met.
“Once we are there we never leave to go looking for someone, otherwise its a blind search if you’re all just looking for each other,” stated Lee.
Does it require responsibilities, or first hand experience to prepare a plan, or is it going to have to hit home before we all alter our outlooks on the changing a mysterious world before we all step into preparation action.