Protector wrote:I agree that even the most expensive polls can be wrong. Trump proved that... It does show a tendency that I've been seeing over the last five years. Main stream stores selling preparedness items. Small stores from all over Canada opening to serve the preparedness market. Most small hunting stores in my area now have small pocket survival kits. At the same time the prepping forums I frequent are extremely slow and contain few posts or gossip.
That's just the thing, though. Those pocket survival kits have been sold in sports stores forever. A true commitment to prepping goes well beyond buying small do-dads that'll support you for two or three days (and not in comfort either, unless they've shrunk a sleeping bag into that sardine can). It's planning how to heat and power your house when the grid is down, or how to obtain potable water, or having plans of what to take and how to reach one another if you have to evacuate and you're apart. I'll tell you now, nobody I personally know has even bothered to think about that, and many don't even want to hear about it.
It's sad, too, when you consider what some people think is "an imminent emergency." One dope at work once started asked me about kayaking barrels for food storage. I told him that kayaking barrels were not food-grade quality plastic, and could potentially ruin his food supply. I then asked him why he needed them. This conversation was in September 2012, and he told me it was because the Mayan calendar said the end of the world would happen in October. I just stared at him for a few seconds, absolutely gobsmacked, then I said, "Y'know we had an ice storm once, right? No power for days on end, freezing cold, right?" "This,"' I said, pointing at his calendar, "this is what you're f**king preparing for!?" Once the Mayan calendar scare was over he went back to being his regular stupid self, no more prepping required, apparently.
There was one bright spot on the prepping horizon once, many years ago, but I haven't seen it since. It was the April after Stephen Harper first got elected. One night on TV there was an ad for National Emergency Preparedness Week, which I believe is May 6th to 12th this year. They even gave the Government of Canada Emergency Preparedness website address: https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-en.aspx
If you asked for it, they'd send you - taxpayer funded, I refuse to use the word "free" when talking about stuff the government hands out, all sorts of pamphlets and posters containing emergency preparedness info, some specific to your area of the country. They still have all those documents, but now you have to print them out yourself. The information on the website is really to cover the first 72 hours of an emergency, 'til the government gets its act together, but it might not be a bad idea to send that website address to your friends; you know, to kinda get them thinking.