One of the primary reasons I feel folks should prep for disasters is so they can avoid resorting to staying in government-run emergency shelters. This isn’t because of any conspiracy theories or anything like that. Rather, I think it is just common sense.
As we saw during and after Hurricane Katrina, many of those in charge of local governments quickly become overwhelmed during major disasters. While many of the stories to come out of the Superdome were later found to be exaggerations, even outright lies, the fact remains that folks staying there went through hell. The Superdome just wasn’t designed for that purpose and it failed miserably because of that.
Government emergency shelters are often ad hoc set ups in gymnasiums or other large semi-public buildings. The food is minimal, the water pressure questionable with so many using the facilities. At best, you’ll get a cot with a thin blanket. Now, don’t get me wrong, if you’re coming in with absolutely nothing, these are all luxuries to be had.
But, the whole point of prepping is to be able to rely on yourself, rather than needing to stick your hand out for assistance. The more people there are who prep and can handle things on their own, the more supplies and assistance government agencies are able to give to those who truly need it. To me, it isn’t that government agencies don’t want to help, it is they get spread so thin their help is minimal at best.
In other words, be part of the solution, not the problem. The better prepared you are, the less likely you are to need help from someone else.