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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #5

(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.)

It’s been over a week since the disaster started and you’re trying to hold it all together. Everyone is tired of not having electricity and their tempers are on a short fuse. No one is used to being together this much and tensions are building. It’s time to call a family meeting and discuss some ways to cope? How is your family coping? What are your family’s biggest complaints? What are yours? What is your plan for keeping peace in the family?

In addition, what are you doing or have done with your refrigerated or frozen foods? How are you flushing the potty? Do you have clean drinking water? How is everyone getting bathed and staying clean? How are you keeping everyone busy or entertained?

Reminder:  nothing is coming in ... what you have on hand is what you have to work with!

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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class #4

(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.)

It's been 5 days since the storm came through and if you had to evacuate you've now been notified that everyone who lives in your neighborhood can go back home. 
Fortunately, you only had to be out of your home for 3 days. You are a bit apprehensive about what you are going to find. Once you’re back at home you discover that the water got up to your door but did not actually get in your house.

What is the first thing you’re going to do? There's still water standing in your yard. You still do not have any electricity and from the looks of your neighborhood, it may be awhile before you do. If it’s cold, how are you keeping warm? If it’s hot, how are you managing the heat? How are you feeling after being away from your home for 3 days? What are you going to feed your family for dinner?

If you did not have to evacuate, how are you doing? Have you settled into a daily 'disaster survival' routine?  What does it look like?

The 'new' has worn off of the situation and everyone just wants this whole thing to go away ... but it won't.  You have no choice but to continue on making the best choices you can with what you have on hand.  

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

Friday, May 26, 2017

Disaster Prepredness Class #3

(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.)

I loved reading about your first ‘disaster day’ survival!   Looks like everyone purred through it without any trouble, things however, are going to get a bit more interesting today ….

You’ve got 2 feet of water standing in your yard, more in others and it’s still raining.  It’s been 48 hours since the storm started and it has finally moved out of your area but not before dumping plenty more rain onto an already saturated ground.  You can see that water has gotten into your neighbor’s house and you fear that yours will be next as there are warnings that the rivers have not crested yet and it will get worse.  You look down the road and see what was once a parked car being swept off the road by running water flowing over the road.  Before you can react, you hear a knock on the door and it is the sheriff telling you that you have to evacuate NOW due to rising water.   They will wait for and escort you and your family out of your house.  You have 15 minutes.  You are feeling overwhelmed and panicked!  What are you going to grab?  Where are you going to go?  How are you going to prevent the things you are carrying out of the house from getting wetWhat’s your weather like today, are you evacuating in cold weather, hot weather or mild weather? 

For those whose homes are situated on a hill or hillside above what 2 feet of water and continued rising of another possible 2 feet could reach, you do not have to evacuate but you do have to continue to deal with no electricity and being trapped on your property.  The same goes for those whose weather means they have snow or ice instead of rain?  How are you managing if you are staying put?  What does your day look like?  How are your resources holding up?  Are you running out of anything yet?

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


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


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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