Where I live is a small rural community of roughly 700 people. The truth is this, even when the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 occurred, other than the initial panic buying of gasoline, and a few days of shock, our world did not change much at all. Today life has become what it was before 9/11. Other than the inconvenience of the extra security at the airport I would bet most people would say their lives are the same as before. That is where the trouble lies, we are a country of VERY, VERY, short memories. The quicker life returns to normal the quicker we forget, or push to the back of our memory, the horrific event.
That is why you see people who wander through life and don't prepare for a damn thing ever. Because they don't remember the last event and don;t believe the next one will happen to them. Then there are the hardcore preppers where it consumes them. They have years and years of food and other supplies stoockpiled, enough guns and ammunition to supply the 81st Airborne, and multiple bug out locations. They live it every second of every day of their lives. Then there are people like me. I prep. I have food, medical supplies, hygiene supplies, guns and ammunition on hand. But my personal thoughts revolve around regional events or a a personal tragedy (like when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and we used some of our prep supplies to get through her treatments when money was low because of the loss of her income. We prep but we dont live it like the hardcoe preppers do.
There are two kinds of people, those that are prepared, and those that suffer.