Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Disaster Preparedness Class: Bonus Question

(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.)

Popping in with a bonus discussion question ... we're in the second week of our imaginary disaster situation ...

Does it seem like you've been without power longer than that? 

Does it feel like this thing is never going to end?

Do you just want it to go away and things return to normal?   But wait, things won't ever be the 'normal' they were before, you will have a new normal that includes a new awareness of what is possible and of how you need to prepare for future possibilities.  Can you see how your thinking is already changing?

While you're pondering these thoughts let me give you a little heads up, things are about to take another turn in our imaginary disaster ... in the next class things are going to get a little messy!  Just saying ...

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


  1. You know, from what I recall from when Katrina hit New Orleans, what I realized is how the rest of the country--those that are unaffected by the weather disaster, just go on about their merry lives. We see the damage and suffering on TV, and we know the people are struggling, but we don't "feel the pain". I've always thought it strange, how when tragedy strikes, if it hasn't struck you personally, then you don't think about it very much. But if I were affected by a disaster, I'd wonder when on earth is this going to end, and will my life ever be the same again? Dealing with this disaster would probably affect me in ways I'd never thought it would.

    1. Joy, I remember having similiar thoughts about the world outside of the disaster area last fall during the aftermath of Hurricane Mathew. For those who have gone through a similiar disaster, I don't think we are ever the same afterwards. I know for me, it changed how I looked at preparedness!

  2. Every winter I remember the winter of 1997 here on the west coast of Canada. Unlike other parts of Canada, we rarely get much snow,except that year. It snowed hard, chest high in some areas. What I recall is that transit stopped, the supermarket was closed due to supply trucks not being able to get through, and the concern that the supermarket roof would cave in because of the load of snow. I also recall how neigbourly everyone was, sharing what they had, clearing snow for the elderly etc. I also remember the radio calling for people to volunteer to transport pregnant ladies to the hospital. Fortunately it was after Christmas so we had lots of food in the house, something that wasn't always the case back when we were a young couple. Ever since then I always make sure to have enough food in the pantry as we go into winter.


    1. Marney, we had alot of sharing and looking out for the elderly after Hurricane Matthew too!

  3. Still doing OK on food , water and solar power.
    A little cabin fever has kicked in . Young couple across the road ran out of food and water so we are helping out . I ground wheat and made all the neighbors homemade cinnamon rolls using honey a neighbor with bees furnished me in exchange for some canned elk .
    We drank coffee and enjoyed a visit . Checked on elderly couple up the hill they are doing better than the kids . Lol

    Can't wait for the next challenge !!

  4. I think we would still be ok at this point, but tired of it already! For a long time I've thought/read about preparedness and, little-by-little tried to improve our situation (a few years ago, I asked for - and got - a car disaster kit for my birthday!) I've been sharing the information and scenarios from this class with my mom and it's helped us work together to improve our preparation. For example, we bought a 5-gallon water drinking water bottle to add to the 2- and 3-gallon bottles we already have and we're trying to inventory our batteries to make sure we have enough of the right sizes for our flashlights and radio.

    A flood is one of the least likely emergencies for us (a blizzard is the LEAST likely). We're more likely to have earthquakes or wildfires in our neck of the woods. However, most of the planning is the same because in any of these scenarios, we could be without power and cut off from outside services. We also live over 10 miles out of town, so we would not be at the top of the list when services were restored.

    Another thing I've noticed since starting this class is that it has heightened by awareness in general. As my mom, sister, and I watched to coverage of the Manchester bombing, I said to them, "We've never talked about what we would do if we were in an arena or similar surroundings and were separated by an emergency." We haven't solved that one completely, yet, but we're AWARE.

    -Susan O.

    1. Susan, planning for most disaster scenarios are the same with some exceptions. It's sad that we have to think about needing a plan for what to do should we become separated in a large crowd of people due to an emergency.

  5. Beginning to wonder when this situation will end. Have learned alot about myself and hubby. Spotted holes in our survival plan, especially, if this would have happened in Winter. Have realised how much we take for granted in the 21st century. Hopefully we will be stronger because of what we've learned & also more prepared for the future. Forward planning isn't only for retirement,it's for tonight, tomorrow, next week. It's for every stage of life, both good and bad.


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