For the first time in a year, I was able to go to a CERT Meeting. Being prepared and helping others s important to me, but my work schedule kept me away. I hate it when my priorities and actions don’t line up.
At first I was afraid of feeling like an outsider, but the group is awesome and welcoming. My worrying, as usual, was wasted brain space. The leader sent out a group shot from the meeting with the minutes. It meant a lot to see myself in the picture.
The idea of the meeting was to brainstorm about how to get people to prepare for emergencies. Historically it has been proven that giving long lists of things to buy or telling people to make a plan doesn’t work. It can be overwhelming, people don’t see the need, or they refuse to be afraid about the possibility of bad things that might happen and simply ignore the odds.
Growing up in earthquake country, I’ve always known that I should have supplies on hand, but normally I never did. I was definitely in the overwhelmed camp. I didn’t believe I could do it all, so I did nothing at all.
Many times in my life having too much on my to do list led me to do nothing. Everything from cleaning my flat to choosing a carpet color have put me over the inaction edge. Each time eventually the pain of not doing it finally became greater than the action itself.
Attending this CERT meeting got me back to preparing … in baby steps. Ever since the leaking bottles incident, I hadn’t fully restored my water supply. Living in a desert, this is vital. So now I’m adding it to my shopping list each week. One $1 item a week is very doable.
At the meeting we discussed how language can also add roadblocks. Most people don’t want to perceive themselves as crazy preppers. One idea we had was a Disaster Survival Scorecard. This way people would receive a score for everything they got done. For me, checking things off a list is reward enough but some people are more rewarded by getting a grade. Okay, that would be me, too!
It was hard for us to know what would inspire others. The fact that we were at this meeting at all meant we’d already drank of the being prepared Kool-Aid.
Have you ever been overwhelmed to the point of inaction? or Are you motivated by checking things off lists?