Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #2

(This picture is just one of many scenes of Huricane Matthew's devestation to our area that I'll be sharing throughout this class.  I do not remember where I got this picture so I can't give credit.  I took many photos myself and others were shared with me so please understand if I can't give the proper credit for each photo I'll be sharing.)

This is the day that your imaginary world changes. Whatever resources you have right now is what you will have to work with during this disaster. For some this imaginary disaster is occurring in the summer, for others it’s in the winter and for some it’s between the two. Whatever season you’re in, that’s your background for this scenario. Whatever your weather is for each day of the ‘scenario’ is the weather you will be dealing with. Also, nothing is coming in, what you have is what you have to work with.

Okay, let’s go …

It’s the middle of the night and a massive storm is blowing through. Everyone is in bed sound asleep and you are suddenly awakened by something, but you don’t know what. In your groggy, half asleep mind you realize that something is not right … it’s too quiet and the house is completely dark. Your first thought is that the street/yard light must have gone out and then you realize your night light is not working either. Somewhere in the recesses of you groggy, sleepy mind you vaguely remember hearing the weather person say something about a front moving through that could possibly bring some heavy rains, so you chalk it up to a temporary power outage and turn over and go back to sleep.

The next morning you realize it was not just a temporary power outage. Looking out the window you see your yard is full of water. You open the door to get a better look and see trees down and realize, for the time being, that your family is trapped in your home … and it’s still raining … hard!

The family is starting to get out of bed and want to be fed. Is your house cold? Then they are cold. How are you going to get the house warm? If you have children they are full of questions about the water and the rain and the downed trees and about why there is no electricity. They are scared. What's the first thing you're going to do? What are you going to feed them and how are you going to reassure them about the weather? What are you fixing for breakfast? What about lunch and dinner?
patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #1

(This picture is just one of many scenes of Huricane Matthew's devestation to our area that I'll be sharing throughout this class.  I do not remember where I got this picture so I can't give credit.  I took many photos myself and others were shared with me so please understand if I can't give the proper credit for each photo I'll be sharing.)
The inspiration for this class came from our experience with Hurricane Matthew in the fall of 2016.  Every scenario or something similar we will encounter in this class either happened to us or to someone we came into contact with who had been affected.  All during the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew I found myself continuingly going back to this thought … ‘a good part of this desperation could have been prevented if only people had been better prepared.’ This class and all the preparedness articles I have written since then have been geared toward helping people prepare.  I hope you take this class seriously; the things you learn just might be the difference between you and your family surviving on your own or with minimum help or having to depend on someone else for your survival in a disaster situation.   Please don’t think these type things won’t or can’t happen to you, a lot of the people we encountered once thought that way too.
A couple more things, I’ll be posting on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Fridays and without your comments, this class won’t work so please comment.  And finally, no comments of a political nature will be published; this includes any mention of any president past or present.  Thank you for understanding!
Okay, let’s get started!
Welcome to the first day of our Disaster Preparedness class!  We’re going to start the class out with an assignment … I promise it won’t be hard!
The purpose of this class is to learn how to be better prepared for natural disasters so the first thing we need to do is to assess where we think we’re at right now when it comes to preparedness.
On a scale of 1 – 10, rate your preparedness level.  Write it down somewhere where you won’t forget it because we’ll come back to it when the class ends.
Here’s a breakdown of the scale so you can rate your preparedness level … which one are you?
Level 1 - 3:  Polly Put Off  (I know I should but …)
Level 4 - 7: Cathy Can Do (I’ve got a plan and I’m working it!)
Level 8 - 10: Confident Connie (I got this under control!)
Are you a Polly Put Off?  If so, which level, 1, 2 or 3?
Are you a Cathy Can Do? If so, which level, 4, 5, 6 or 7?
Are you a Confident Connie? If so, which level, 8, 9 or 10?
Let’s have some fun with this because in our next class we’re going to leave our comfortable little worlds and get dumped right in the middle of an imaginary disaster that is going to test our preparedness.
Which one am I?  I think I’m a Cathy Can Do on a level 7.  We are prepared but there are still things we can fine tune or improve upon to make getting through a disaster easier and more comfortable. 

Now, it’s your turn … which one are you and what level?
patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Disaster Preparedness Class is a Go!

I've read your comments and emails requesting that I do the disaster preparedness class here on the blog, so I've decided we'll give it a try.

The class will begin on Monday, May 22nd, 2017.  There will be daily posts until the class is completed which will be 3 - 4 weeks.

Here are some comments from some who took the class the 2nd time I taught it ...

I have loved the way the disaster scenario made me apply the effects the disaster would have in a much more real and personal way, much more than just information given to us every day ever would! ~ Rebecca

This class was so informative! It really made me realize that I am not nearly ready enough for a long term emergency.  ~ Joanna

It made me do a lot of thinking of what is really important to have on hand in case of an emergency. This class and the responses were extremely valuable for my future preparedness. ~ Carol

This class has been fantastic and so informative.  ~ Laura

This was an amazing class. Patsi Norwood has a gift for explaining scenarios in such a way that they are very realistic. I learned a lot about myself and how I would respond in a disaster. ~ Sharla

And you can read some of the comments of those who took the class the first time I taught it HERE.

Feel free to share with others about the class.

I'll meet you back here on Monday!  Get Ready!!!!

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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Friday, May 12, 2017

Interrupting My Blogging Break to Ask a Question ...

I just finished teaching the 2nd Disaster Preparedness class in a closed group setting.  I've had several to contact me with comments of wanting to take the class but not being on Facebook, so I'm posing a question ...

Is there enough interest for me to do the class here on the blog?  The class is written and has been taught 2 times so it wouldn't require a lot of extra work for me.

Are you interested in me doing the class here on the blog?  If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  The class would run approximately 3 - 4 weeks and the starting date would be within the next couple of weeks.

To read what others have said about the class, go HERE.

It's up to you ....

One more thing: Many of you have expressed concern for my husband's injury, thank you. He goes to see an othopedic doctor this up coming week so we should have a better idea of what our next step will be.

Patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and place an order, etc I earn a small fee at no increased cost to you. Thank you for your support through these means. 
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