We are closer than we think. And even I may have underestimated how close we are. From Pivot Points:
While we can only hope that the day will come where celebrities and national thought leaders will take up their own initiatives to create a preparedness culture, for now we have to be realistic. The cultural movements I discussed in the very beginning of this chapter often had very humble roots, and yet they become mainstays in our nation’s culture today. I am confident that if ordinary folks like you and me create a culture where preparedness is a result of good citizenship, others will follow.
I tell everyone who will listen and who is interested in creating a culture of preparedness: we are much closer than we think to seeing preparedness really take off in America.
Don't believe me? Meet Julie Harman.
The article from KSL News tells the story best:
With packed bags and a loaded car, Ms. Utah Julie Harman was halfway home from the Ms. America Pageant in California when she was offered the role of Ms. America 2016.
Amanda Wamunyima relinquished her title as Ms. America after discovering a medical condition that would leave her bedridden for months, said Susan Jeske, pageant CEO.
After hearing the news, Harman, originally first runner-up, headed back to Brea, California, for photo shoots and gown fittings. She was officially announced as Ms. America 2016 on Sept. 12 on the pageant webpage.
And what issue will she be promoting during her tenure as Ms. America?
"Harman, 35, of Midvale, said the most exciting part will be carrying her platform of self-reliance to the nation."
The story gets better. What was her Pivot Point motivating her to be better prepared?
Her real passion for personal preparedness came seven years ago after her divorce when she felt overwhelmed with her personal responsibilities.
"I came from a husband that was making a lot of money to me making nothing really," she said. "I realized I had only myself to rely on, and that I needed to help my children."
Note that it wasn't zombies or blood moons or a predicted apocalypse that motivated her. Those common life events - like a divorce - can be very effective motivators to embracing the preparedness culture. If we are to be successful at promoting preparedness, we need to spend more time messaging on the more common disasters which can be just as significant on an individual and local level.
How does she plan to go about encouraging a culture of preparedness?
Harman said she will be a personal preparedness intermediary for the public and the groups she designated as the "five areas of community:" businesses, nonprofits, educational institutions, political leaders, and service providers.
Focusing on community and local initiatives is the best approach, and it appears she gets it.
For those of you who are prepping and looking for direction and encouragement on taking that next step to become an ambassador of the movement, take heart: we are the cool kids now. When national pageant winners are using their efforts to build a resiliency culture, it confirms that we are on target and that momentum for the movement is growing.
We are closer than we think.
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