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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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30 comments:

  1. I would say I'm a Cathy at a level 7 also. We are always working on getting better with skills and just recently purchased our retirement property. Time to plan it out and break ground. Looking forward to this series. Thank you.

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    1. Katie, how exciting to be working toward setting up your retirement property and we, like you, are always working to improve our skills and learn more.

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  2. 4 years ago, I would have said I was a Cathy Can Do, Level 5, moving toward Level 6. After suffering an unexpected loss, there have been a couple of down years, and I'd assess myself as a Polly Put Off, Level 2, getting ready to climb ahead, once again.

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    1. I am sorry for your loss but it sounds like you are ready to start again. I hope you find the inspiration in the class that will help you start climbing ahead again.

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  3. That's nice that you have decided to do this on the blog. I'm sure I'll be learning a lot. We are prepared in many areas to weather a storm in our lives, either natural or man-made, and did fairly well through a period of extended unemployment over a year ago. But, that being said, there are also quite a few things I learned through that experience, and feel like I can always learn more.

    One thing I will be interested in seeing is how you handle the question of when enough is enough. I have felt that getting prepared is such a huge task and that I could never be prepared enough--I could just keep collecting and collecting and collecting.......So, I've tried to keep balance in this area of my life. It will be interesting to see what you and others do.

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    1. beckyathome, the question of when is enough enough is one we all have to answer eventually. For us we've set what it would take for us to survive a specific amount of time and try to keep our pantry at that level. We constantly rotate and use out of our pantry so it is a continual job of keeping it at our chosen level. I hope this makes sense!

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  4. Probably a 4, maybe higher, depending on the emergency. I was a member of your fb class and got some ideas from that. Already starting to make a few changes.

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    1. We make those changes a little at a time don't we!

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  5. I have my notebook ready... I'd say I'm a 'Cathy Can Do' at a level 6? Definitely not a Confident Connie or I wouldn't be here!

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    1. Joy, I don't think I'll ever be a Confident Connie but there are people who have the resources and ability to reach that level.

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  6. Between a Polly 3 and Cathy 4, simply because I lost my job in Dec. and I've been doing temp work so there hasn't been alot of "left over". We've been using my Preparedness Pantry in some areas and I doubt I'll be doing much gardening, so not much canning or dehydrating or freezing this year. I'm rather sad about that but happy I was/am as prepared as I've been to take some of the stress off.

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    1. Kay, I'm sorry you lost your job but so glad you had your preparedness pantry to fall back on.

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  7. About a 4. I was doing better, but physical issues have set me back. I'm almost ready to get back to work on preparing.

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    1. Susan, those 'bumps' in the road do set us back at times don't they, glad you are almost ready to get back to preparing. Being prepared helps with those 'bumps' in the road, don't they?

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  8. I'd say I'm a level 4 Cathy Can do. I've had lots of thought about what might be needed during an emergency, but not everything has been implemented. Much of that is because my mother, whom I live with, thinks I'm crazy and would balk at some things (like bug out or 24 hour emergency bags). But in my head, I have a good idea of what I would grab if we needed to leave quickly.

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    1. Rhonda, maybe if you share this class with her as we go along she will see preparing in a different light. I've had several to say that this class opened their eyes to the different kinds of being prepared.

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  9. Not sure, but I think I am a Cathy Can Do at maybe 4 or 5. In some areas I have preparation but I don't think I have a good solid plan in place though I have some preps going. --Julie

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  10. I would say I'm a level 7 Cathy can do. I've always had this "need" to be prepared for "stuff".
    But I know there are areas that I could do better in. I'm so glad you are doing this class on your blog.

    ShelliaJean

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    1. ShelliaJean, I think I have the 'need to be prepared for stuff' gene too!!!!

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  11. I think I'm a Cathy can do-5 or 6. This past year and a half we have used a lot of our storage items in the pantry. Week by week, we add one thing to replace/increase our food/non-food items. I'm looking forward to summer harvest and canning, although I can all year round. Thank you for doing this class on your blog, Patsi. Teri S

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    1. Teri, I can and preserve year round too although summer harvest brings the most intense preserving time.

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  12. I'm a Cathy Can Do level 4/5. Some Area's are better than others but i'm getting on with it a bit at a time.

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    1. Kim, baby steps is how we get it done too!

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  13. I think I'm a Cathy can do at maybe a level 5-6. I really stocked up and canned a lot last summer and fall. Had an awesome pantry and a beef that we raised in the freezer. Circumstances have caused us to have to tighten up tremendously, we have eaten out of our home canned pantry thru the last few months.(which is normal anyway I think). I am a little lower on a few purchased goods, such as toilet paper etc. But we are still set for several months if need be. We have alternate heat sources and alternate cooking sources so I feel good about that area. I guess I feel my "level" isn't as high as I might like basically due to medicinal supplies. I'm not very good at stocking up on those types of things. I know it's wonderful to have them when you need it, but it's also hard for me to put money towards those things that I might need to go for other "more important at the time" things when money is tight. Hope that makes sense. Thank you for doing this class. ---Vicky in Ky

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    1. Vicky, it's hard sometimes to decide where to spend our hard earned money, isn't it?

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  14. I am definitely a Polly Put Off and probably a 2. I've at least thought about it and at one time did have "go bags" but other than that, I haven't done anything and really haven't done a lot of research on it either.

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  15. I'm a "Polly Put Off" at level 3. I live with my sister and parents in my parents' home and my mom and I work together on the cooking, housekeeping, etc. We've thought and talked a lot about "What if...?" We have a fairly deep pantry (but could do MUCH better)and we have some of the other things we need (some ability to cook, lighting, some first aid, etc.), but it's not at all organized nor do we really have a plan in place. My sister and I are also both certified in CPR and first aid because she has to maintain certification as a preschool teacher and I always re-cert with her.

    -Susan O

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  16. Patsy, we've been testing our plans. we did a tornado drill, trying to grab and run to storm shelter with only a 5 minute warning. Found several things I (we)need to do different. next week another plan will be tested.
    Sue

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  17. I am a Cathy can do level 5/6

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  18. Patsi, I'm a Cathy can do level 4 due to working this past year. I've done better in the past, and hope to raise my level up again. I plan to learn more, and apply what I've learned. I'd like to increase the pantry some more, add a lot of meat to the freezer, and organize things for an evacuation scenario ( paperwork emergency supplies). I think we'd be better off if we had to shelter in place, as we had to do about ten years ago after a big storm. We were without electricity for ten days, but did pretty well I think. Thanks for offering this class!

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