“Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.” Charles Dickens – David Copperfield
It may well take your life or the life of a loved one. Just as putting off medical checkups could cost you everything, waiting for tomorrow to get your backup emergency plan and supplies in place may be equally devastating.
I attended a large car show yesterday where they had a large vendor area for motor-heads. Normally it is not somewhere I would setup a display to talk about such boring matters as safety and security – but the vendor fees went to a center for assisting developmentally challenged adults obtain work skills.
On each side of us were vendors selling old automotive parts and accessories – and I mean old, rusty, nasty stuff, mixed in with some cool signs and memorabilia. Now we weren’t setup to sell products but had iEvac fire smoke escape hoods on display, along with emergency evacuation packs, security seals and information brochures. We may as well have been Scotch Mist (meaning something that is hard to find or doesn’t exist). People were handing over hundreds of dollars in cash for an old rusty garage sign or a box of old tools – but would walk by and look at life saving equipment as though it was the local tax collector.
One gentleman from Florida spoke to us about getting emergency food packs sent to him and I was relaying the example – just as another lady was buying a rusty old store sign for $250! He told me that even where he lives – bang smack in hurricane central, people will wait for a negative weather report to come in – then run around trying to find essentials – along with the other thousands that waited too late.
The beauty of putting a safety net together is – once done, it only takes a yearly check up or rotation to manage. The iEvac has a self life of five years. The bucket food kits have a storage life of twenty five years.
Signs, furniture and clothes are hard to eat and drink. Don’t wait for tomorrow.