“No. What was the question?” Survival Sam flipped down his visor to avoid glints of sunlight.
“It was, ‘Who do you personally know who is making preparations for survival?’ This question must have really grabbed my readers because I had nearly ten times more responses than I’ve ever had before.”
“Really?” Sam glanced my way briefly. “What were the results?”
“There were four possible answers to choose from, and the one that got the highest response was the one that said ‘No one I know.” Sixty-three percent of those who voted said they don’t know anybody who’s preparing for survival. That’s 63%! Isn’t that astounding?”
“Yes it is,” Sam said, “considering the economic turnaround and numerous natural disasters we’ve had in the past six to twelve months. It confirms a statistic I heard just the other day. The American Red Cross says only 7% of Americans are prepared for disaster.”
“Wow, that’s a pretty low number.”
“How did your readers answer the other three survey choices?”
“Well, those were pretty low numbers, too. Fifteen percent said they knew family members who are preparing. Same percentage for people who know of colleagues at work or church or other such places. Only 6% said they knew neighbors who are preparing.” I looked out my window for a bit, then turned back to Sam. “Do you have any idea why so few are preparing?””
“I’m just hazarding a guess here, of course,” Sam said, “but one big factor is the rapid rise in gas prices, which has caught a lot of people off guard. It affects so many areas of daily life, right across the board. There are stories in the news every day about people making drastic lifestyle changes out of necessity. Many are losing their jobs and even their homes. It’s hitting everybody pretty hard.”
“I wouldn’t have guessed so many are living so close to the edge of such difficulty.”
Sam slowed to accommodate a car coming toward us on the narrow road. “I heard someone mention the other day that they thought Internet shopping would increase, since shoppers won’t have to burn gas going to various stores.”
“I guess that’s the silver lining in the cloud for me,” I said. “Traffic has been up considerably on my blog site. I just hope that means the tide is turning and my readers will bump up the numbers of those who are preparing for survival.”
“I hope so, too,” Sam said.