In some cases, nobody came. Ever.
The lesson was learned by some.
While there are safety networks through the government and private organizations, churches and charities, those networks can be overwhelmed quickly. Snarled communications, missed cues, lack of information, exhaustion and apathy kept help from getting through.
The chances of you facing a natural disaster of this size aren't all that great, but the chances of you facing your own personal disaster continue to climb and that can be just as devastating. Unemployment and economic uncertainty continues to plague the US and the world. The government has paid unemployment benefits in huge amounts, but there will be an end to them. When the checks stop, when the jobs still aren't there, will you be ready?
Maybe you still have your job and maybe you're making your payments and even putting money in savings. You don't really feel as if the recession has touched you, although you probably know someone it has.
It may not - ever. But why take a chance? You cannot depend on the safety nets in place right now. They may not be there if - when - you need them.
Preparing for personal devastation doesn't sound like a fun way to spend time or money, but it could make all the difference to you and your family.
Remember what some of the Katrina survivors said: "They will not come for you."
If "they" are not there to help you, to feed you, to give you shelter and clothing and dignity... who will?
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