There have been so many natural disasters in 2011

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And it is only May.  So many tragedies and so much disruption of daily life.  I don’t know why but most certainly I do not believe that the inhabitants of earth are being punished for some reason.  I simply do not know.

There are those that claim that the multitude of natural disasters have been predicated by global warming.  Others claim that our planet is simply undergoing a 1000 year geological cycle.  I am not 100% convinced one way or another and boy, I wish I understood the science a little bit better.

The American Dream website (see link below) has just posted an interesting article on the topic.

So far in 2011, we have seen a record number of tornadoes, unprecedented flooding, rampant earthquakes, disturbing volcanic eruptions and a tsunami in Japan that none of us will ever forget.  So why are there so many natural disasters in 2011?  Our top scientists seem to be at a complete loss to explain what is happening.  It just seems like there is one disaster or emergency after another.  Many Americans are getting “disaster fatigue” as the requests to donate money to various relief efforts never seem to end.  There has never been a time in recent history when we have seen so many natural disasters compressed into such a short period of time.  So exactly what is going on here?  Is something causing all of this or is this all one big coincidence?

Whereas some of the article is controversial  (i.e. no such thing as global warming) it is thought-provoking none-the less.  The article made me think and come up with some likely suspects:

  • Are the current natural disasters caused by changes in the energy output of the sun?
  • Is the earth’s core changing, resulting in significant volcanic activity which in turn is causing seismic activity.
  • And what about polar shift?

As a layman, I don’t have answers but I do have a curious mind so I continue to read and make an attempt to understand this world I live in.  And of course, I try to prepare for the worst by keeping my cupboard stocked, my water barrels filled, and my mindset aware of the changes that are affecting our way of life.

Yes, I readily admit to “disaster fatigue”.  Who wouldn’t?  But I can’t let that cause my guard to be dropped and my ongoing interest in prepping to falter.  Life still goes on.  Or at least I hope so.

Enjoy your next adventure, wherever it takes you!

Gaye

PS – Here is a link to the complete article:  The American Dream.

From the Bargain Bin:  I was late to come in to the LED flashlight game but since discovering these gems,  I have stashed them everywhere:  my car, my night stand,the pockets of my jackets and even the junk drawer in the kitchen.  While the little itty bitty ones are nice (and dirt cheap on Ebay), for emergency use I recommend this 95 LED Aluminum Flashlight at Amazon for only $19.90 with free shipping.

Be prepared with emergency supplies from Emergency Essentials.  If you have the bucks and the space, I highly recommend a water barrel (or two!)




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There have been so many natural disasters in 2011 — 3 Comments

  1. I admit it has been a bit overwhelming with all the death and destruction going on all around us. But it is times like these that really validate the reason that we do what we do. This is a steady reminder that we always have to stay diligent and continue to prep. I use the events around the country as a reminder to keep up with what I am doing. It is so important and even more important considering the current state, to make sure that I am ready should a disaster happen in my area. I think it is also a reminder to help those that are less fortunate, and need our help. Great post thanks for the reminder Gaye.

  2. I think disaster, like weather (linked) happens in cycles. This just happens to be an ugly cycle. I live on the Gulf Coast and we have hurricanes. Over the years, we average at least one hurricane every three or for years. However, where I live, near Corpus Christ Texas, we have not had a major hurrican in over fourty years. When I was a kid, we had them almost every other year it seemed. So it can go the other way too.

    As for the LED flashlights, for the ones that you store and use little, but depend on them to work when you need them. (glove compartment, kitchen drawer, BOB etc.) Be sure to use Lithium batteries. They cost twice as much, but they have a USABLE shelf life of 10+ years.

    Tex

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