How quickly our lives can change. On Thursday the discussions were about public sector unions, Charlie Sheen’s public meltdown, the growing instability in the Middle East and Congress’ lip service to meaningful government cuts.
On Friday we awoke to news reports of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and tsunami warnings for Hawaii and the United States West coast. As the day dragged on we began to get an idea of the magnitude of the disaster in Japan as video and photographs of the devastation began to trickle in.
By Monday, with Japanese nuclear reactors malfunctioning, melting down and threatening a Chernobyl-style radiation releasing event and still more pictures of the hardest hit areas appearing in print and on television, the gravity of the event had sunk in. It was obvious the horrific event was a world-changer.
Of course it changed life in Japan in an instant. Japan is/was a nation inseparable from its high-tech gadgets, perhaps even more so than America. But none of that matters now. Most of those high-tech devices don’t even work… even in areas of the country not touched by the physical effects of the earthquake or tsunami.
Loss of electrical production from the malfunctioning nuclear plants has led to rolling blackouts and energy conservation measures across the country. The supply chain is down and even people far away from the events are finding food and water shortages. There is also the danger of radiation exposure as radioactive clouds drift across the country.
Store shelves in far-away cities are devoid of goods—some of that caused by panic buying. News reports said people were snapping up radios, matches, candles, fuel containers, sleeping bags, canned goods, instant noodles and bottled water. These are the types of things that everyone should have already stored in abundance.
While the ultimate results of this event—which rattled the earth physically, financially, emotionally and every other way possible—are yet to be fully known, there should be one takeaway from this event: Preparedness is paramount.
I have been preaching this to you for years in The Bob Livingston Letter™ and here on Personal Liberty Digest™ since it went online in 2008. If you haven’t started preparing, what are you waiting for?
And don’t forget to pray for the people of Japan.