Updates from the Middle East

September 04, 2018

Updates from the Middle East

Ready Nation, greetings from the front lines.  This update is long overdue as we have been quite busy traveling to areas around the world that we would consider "Ready Nations" to see what we can learn and share.

We are writing this post from the Middle Eastern country of Jordan, where we continue to study how different environments and political situations dictate different responses and levels of preparedness for emergencies.  Next on the itinerary is Israel - a country that has perpetually had a need to be prepared for anything since its creation.

Preparedness here in the Middle East is a way of life in a way that almost makes us envious - people here do not take for granted clean and ever-available food, water, electricity, security, or stability.  Nearly every building has a large water tank on top of it, solar heaters and generators are more prevalent than we would have thought, and it is very common for folks here to own gas and/or propane generators.  Walls are thicker and sturdier, and families know what to do if a protest erupts or services are interrupted.

The country we are currently in, Jordan, is quite stable and safe compared to most of the rest of the region.  However, everyone seems to recognize that when surrounded by chaos on all sides, things can change quickly -- and overall, they are very prepared.  We get the sense that, especially outside the major city capitol of Amman, if an SHTF scenario occurred, things would go on just fine for quite awhile.

People keep a supply of food and water available, most have water filtration/purification and storage built into their homes out of necessity in case the city water supply is contaminated or there is a water shortage, as there is currently.  It's a land-locked desert country, and they rely on water sources from elsewhere, so this makes a lot of sense. 

While it may sound cliche, there are goat herders and sheep flocks all around, even in the cities, and their owners know how to use their livestock for sale, barter, and butchering.   We saw them on the side of the road while driving into Amman from the Airport.

By all means, Jordan is a modern and friendly country. They have brand-name shopping malls, fancy cars and hotels, one of the most modern jet fleet in the world for their flag air carrier, fiber internet, lightning fast LTE cell service, and top-of-the-line movie theaters.  Yet, all the modern amenities do not wipe away the realization of the need for preparedness as we have seen in many places including the United States.

We can learn a lot from this - living in a comfortable environment does not negate the need for preparedness.  In our (admittedly biased) opinion, a comfortable and "safe" environment can build a false sense of security that mentally lessens the need for preparedness. Do not let yourself fall into that trap:  Group think prevails and fewer people are prepared to endure hardship, or become overly reliant on government services or others.  This makes the overall situation worse in the event of a disaster or emergency, not better.

Here at Ready Nation, we choose to be prepared for anything, at any time. It's our mission to help you do the same, and to help educate our members and clients on best practices and real-world advice.  We'll look forward to providing new updates from our travels very soon.  Until then, stay Ready!





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