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  • Liberals are Preparing for the Trumpocalypse (What are You Preparing for?)

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    Throughout the years, plenty of Americans have always worked hard to be prepared for whatever emergency may arise. As time went on, more people joined in the prepping fun. Many of these people prepared out of fear for the future under their current political leaders. Others prepared because they didn’t know what the future held, and just wanted to be prepared for anything, including political, natural, and other disasters.

    In fact, it was estimated that at one time “there were 3 million preppers in the United States,” according to an article on The Economic Collapse. Now, however, that number has fallen to an all-time low. Speculation as to why this is ranges from a lack of catastrophic natural disasters to the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. Many people feel good about the future, finding safety in the man they elected.

    Others, however, don’t feel the same.

    While Donald Trump has eased the fears of many, countless others believe the same man will bring economic and other hardships upon them (aka the Trumpocalypse). With these thoughts in mind, more and more U.S. Liberals are preparing with food, water, gear, and guns. In the last eight years, those aligned more towards the right were the in the majority when it came to prepping. Now, many left-wingers are joining the prepping fun, while the right-winged preppers are dwindling in number.

    Trumpocalypse Many disasters happen so unexpectedly that if you're not ready prepared, the time has already passed.

    Is it good that more people are preparing? Of course! Is it also good that many are no longer afraid for the future? Indeed it is. However, to sacrifice preparedness simply because of a more stable future is folly. Whether Donald Trump will make the economy better or not is still yet to be seen. So it is with natural disasters. Nobody knows when the next hurricane, earthquake, or tornado will come through. Water mains might break and power may go out for an extended amount of time. Donald trump has no control over such things. But you have control over how you will live when those events happen.

    There are fears amid liberals, among others, that Donald Trump has mobilized hate crimes and other deplorable activities. According to the BBC, this is why many supporters of Hillary Clinton are buying firearms and taking to the gun range. Personal safety is a concern, and one of the ways to feel safer is to become proficient with guns and be prepared for an uncertain future.

    In the past, the majority of those preparing with food storage, water, and gear have been those associated with the right-wing. Now, however, preppers on the left are increasing in number. Regardless of your political viewpoint, the value of preparedness is the same. The effects of what happens tomorrow and in the near and distant future can be mitigated by the way you prepare today.

    Natural disasters are all too common to ignore. Financial crises can come without warning. Job loss, accident, and other personal emergencies are unpredictable. But when you’re prepared for anything, the negative aspects of those emergencies and disasters can be lessened, and your life can continue on just as seamlessly as before the disaster happened.

    In the end, it doesn't matter if you prepare for a Trump administration, natural disasters, or even zombies. The fact is, being prepared for one event will prepare you for another.

     

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  • Is Prepping on the Decline?

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    There was a time when being prepared for emergencies was a national past time. The Great Depression all but forced people to live within (and less than) their means, and save everything they could. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, even more people saw the benefits of preparing and began building up supplies. Then there was the stock market crash of 2008, forcing countless Americans to live off what they had. Some had stored up enough with which to subsist until a new job or other means could be found. Many others struggled.

    Then the world was supposed to end in 2012 as predicted by the Mayans. Before the predicted date arrived, more and more people began stockpiling food, water, and gear…just in case. The world still stands, but that didn’t stop countless others from investing even more in emergency prep in the months before the 2015 blood moon tetrad.

    Preppers kept on prepping since then. That is, right up until election day. According to some sources, prepping is on a decline as people let their guard down with Donald Trump about to become president. They trust him to boost the economy, to produce jobs, and make everything awesome. Whether that will happen or not has yet to be seen (fingers crossed). But even if he does make everything awesome, that doesn’t mean we’re done prepping.

    Natural disasters don’t really care how good our economy is. Massive earthquakes, super tornadoes, category 5 hurricanes, and the biggest, baddest snowstorms can be debilitating. Even smaller disasters can leave you without power, water, and other comforts for an extended period of time.

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    Stocking up for the unexpected is more than just preparing for the stock market to crash (although also important). True, the Dow Jones has never been higher, and the market is looking good. So money might not be as big an issue as it has been in the past. But what about water storage, just in case your water get shut off? Broken water mains and other issues can do that without warning. Will your food storage be enough to see you through a hurricane if you can’t make it to the store? Or what about a way to warm yourself (and your family) when your power goes out during a blizzard? Or will you have sufficient food in your storage to get you by following a job loss until you can get yourself back on your feet? The list goes on.

    There are so many reasons why being prepared is a good idea. Don’t leave your safety and well-being up to fate. Just like any good ship, make sure you have a life boat. Nobody goes out expecting their ship to sink (Titanic, anyone?), but if your good fortunes do spring a leak, make your you have a lifeboat handy.

     

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  • How to be Prepared for Any Apartment Emergency

    The following article is a guest post from Sam Radbil.

    Sam Radbil is a contributing member of the marketing and communications team at ABODO, an online apartment marketplace. ABODO was founded in 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. And in just three years, the company has grown to more than 30 employees, raised over $8M in outside funding and helps more than half a million renters find a new home each month.

     

    View of colorful apartments and condos in the city. View of colorful apartments and condos in the city.

    Hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and brutal winter storms are just a few of the hazards for which people all around the U.S. have to be prepared. Even smaller disruptions, such as a water main break, can be mitigated with just a few early steps. And it’s not just homeowners. As a renter, your landlord might have had the responsibility of installing emergency lights, smoke detectors, and a standby power system, but you have your share of preparedness measures to take, too. At ABODO, we want to make sure every renter is prepared.

     

    Household Emergency Supplies

    Citywide catastrophes aside, small-scale household emergencies need preparing, too. For example, make sure you have an easily accessible flashlight with working batteries, a few candles, matches, a fire extinguisher, a first aid kit, and a small store of potable water. The average person needs 1 gallon every three days, which is the minimum recommended to have on-hand.

    emergency-kitStore-bought and sealed water is a great, simple, and sanitary option, but you can also prepare your own by completely sanitizing water or soda bottles (not milk or fruit juice containers, because leftover sugars can lead to bacteria growth), filling with chlorine-treated water, and replacing every six months.

    These supplies will come in handy during severe weather or a kitchen mishap, but you should also have a full-scale emergency kit packed in the event of larger disasters.

     

    Disaster Supplies Kit

    Like insurance, it’s something you should always have but hope you never need. Since space is at a premium for many renters, you could consider storing your disaster supplies in the trunk of your car (if you have ready access), so they’re ready and waiting if you need to hit the road. If that’s not possible, keep the kit as available as possible — don’t let it end up in inconvenient, offsite storage.

    But what to pack? Ready.gov recommends some of the aforementioned items, such as a flashlight and first aid kit, as well as extra batteries, radio (and NOAA weather radio), a whistle, dust masks, plastic sheeting, duct tape, moist towlettes, garbage bags, plastic twist-ties, wrench/pliers, manual can opener, maps, cellphone with charger (solar, if possible), and a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for every person.

     

    Other Helpful Tips

    There is the possibility that in the event of a serious disaster, you won’t be able to charge your cellphone, or you could lose your phone. Add a little extra protection by making a list of pertinent phone numbers (emergency services, family members, etc.) and keeping it in your disaster kit.

    • Sign up for emergency alert texts, so you can respond quickly and appropriately to changing circumstances.
    • Keep a map of your building and surrounding roadways in your disaster kit, which should be provided with your lease. Some apartment complexes can be very large and winding, and in case of an emergency, your regular route might be blocked. It’s important to know all of your exit/evacuation routes.
    • Have some cash on hand as well — ATMs and card readers won’t work with no power.

     

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