3-I do not believe that preparation is EVER wasted effort. Each time we prepare, we get better and faster and more clear-headed and calm about the preparation.
5- Even just thinking about preparation gives us the opportunity to consider what we value, what is worth the effort of protecting, what is expendable.
6. Preparation lets us model safety for those we love and those we know.
Preparation is practice for survival, for enduring. Preparation offers neither a guarantee of being needed, nor a guarantee of being successful. But, preparation is one of our only means of improving our odds in the battles with nature and the world.
Whether a seat belt, a helmet, or storm preparation... preparation is not a guarantee, but a bit of insuance against disaster. Like insurance it may not cover everything and may never be needed... but it is truly good to have. And, like insurance, preparation can offset, mitigate or protect against tragedy.
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