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John Russo


is good reason for this. Go to any bookstore and peruse the self-help books or outdoor magazines and you will fi nd numerous articles on disaster preparedness, emergency readiness and other such topics. While these are all good reads and contain important


A information, there is one


major point most of these writers fail to address: Most Americans are not prepared for a minor inconvenience let alone a major catastrophe.


We live in the now age. We want


everything and we want it right now. If we need information, we simply pull out our fancy 4G-cell phone and access the Web to get what we need. If we are hungry or thirsty we can pull into any gas station and get any variety of food and blended


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coffee drinks. If our bed is a little uncomfortable, we just press a button to make it fi rmer or softer. So how does your family react if they are deprived of these conveniences? Are you so pampered that the thought of a night spent outside sleeping under the stars actually makes you nervous?


lot is being written these days about survival! With all the natural disasters we’ve seen in recent years as well as the ever-present threat of terrorism, there


If so, how are you going to deal with a real disaster? Most American families are not


physically or mentally prepared to deal with hardship. As parents, we take pride in giving our children the best life possible; giving them the things we never had as kids. But in doing so, are we depriving them of the independence and self-suffi ciency we had when we were young? The other day I was watching my 7-year- old daughter working on a school project using scissors. As her moth- er and I reminded her to be careful (while watching her like a hawk), I remembered myself at seven. I was living on a ranch without electric power (we had a generator and bat- teries) that was 8 miles from the near- est paved road and telephone service. I not only used scissors unsupervised


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