Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Who Is More Prepared?

For all of you preparedness gurus out there with basic cable, you might notice that in a lot of T.V shows characters are practicing emergency preparedness. It may not be as extravagant and detailed training that you would receive from someone at the Red Cross, but it's something! Some characters in T.V shows today are a little more prepared than others. Perfect example: Dwight Shrute (The Office) and Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory), I think it's safe to say that they would both be great survivalists. 

Who do you think is more prepared?

“Dwight Shrute” – The Office
Meet Dwight Shrute; top salesman at fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, beet farmer and self-proclaimed survivalist. Dwight is an avid outdoors men, hunter and trained in Goju ryu karate, a myriad of weapons and surveillance. He may believe in zombies, androids and vampires but he is always prepared to survive. Whether he is administering a shot of adrenaline, or imposing an unannounced fire drill, Dwight is the quintessential eccentric and incidental survivalist.

“Sheldon” – The Big Bang Theory
Dr. Sheldon Cooper, B.S., M.S., M.A., PH.D., Sc.D. This all around genius spends most of his time in the theoretical physics department and driving peers insane with his obsessive-compulsive preferences. Sheldon realizes the importance of a good back-up plan and makes sure to always have a bug out bag and an evacuation plan handy.
Quite possibly the quirkiest survival minded fiction character out there, Sheldon Cooper is an avid proponent of preparedness.

Samantha Minks
AmeriCorps NPRC Member 2013-2014
Preparedness Coordinator, Community Preparedness and Resilience Services
American Red Cross – Kern Chapter

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