Featured in AARP’s “The Magazine” May/June 2011 edition, a recent article THE REAL SOCIAL NETWORK tells the story of Eleanor and her husband Jim both 82 at the time barely surviving a power outage that lasted for nine days. “No heat, no water. Nada, “Eleanor recalls.
It is human nature to be last minute even with 52 plus years to plan for it. A retiree’s current traditional retirement plan should remain status quo. Adding an additional layer of increased self – sufficiency to their current retirement plans is more critical now than ever. Short term emergencies are but one side of the preparedness coin. The other side is containing food and energy costs long term. Being prepared is empowering.
Recently foiled terrorism plots in the US have revealed a growing interest in targets such as smaller cities, electrical power plants, nuclear power plants, waters sources, bridges and trains. Cyber terrorism; a real threat which often times aims to bring down power grids supporting most of America’s electrical energy needs. Bio –terrorism, pandemics, epidemics are not out of the question.
Retirees need not build bomb shelters. Whether it is natural disasters, terrorism or economic issues causing temporary breakdowns in the infrastructure; retirees should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Retirees can have peace of mind no matter what the future holds.
With the advent of the 24 hour news cycle retirees are inundated with disaster news stories. Many retirees are flooded (pardon the pun) by media and consequently they’ve become matter – of – fact about things they shouldn’t be matter – of – fact about. Still others worry needlessly because they are unprepared or feel alone (isolated) with family spread out across the US.
Will Denver’s retirees and future retirees plan creatively for their retirement? Can retirees afford not to? Can they have peace of mind without it?
Denver is venerable like all cities but has an ace up its sleeve. Those retirees seeking the right mix of small scale food production opportunities and local lifestyles conducive to energy and food costs containment are in luck. Colorado is a gold mine. High altitudes and fresh air help eliminate many concerns. Fire is the single most likely threat in Colorado.
Retirees benefit from thinking local, practice living/buying, local establishing their own back-up network of food and energy providers and personal back-up systems. Retirees can look at the great state of Colorado and determine where they can best establish their base and mobility. Small farming communities are too numerous to mention. Rivers, lakes and wildlife are abundant. Retirees doing this type of planning have structurally positioned themselves to handle most anything; including short-term emergencies.
In lieu of this comprehensive type of creative planning retirees need to have the basics covered in their current home and vehicle. State authorities recommend retirees be prepared to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours in the event of an emergency. A week is probably a better goal.
Just as there are basics required for wilderness survival, there are basic items required for emergency situations at home and while driving. Medications, important papers and plans for the elderly, infants and disabled, pets, and livestock are often overlooked.
Please visit www.readycolorado.com/packakit.php it will take couple of hours to knock this out and be a good first step in the creative retirement planning process. If not now, when, If not you, who?