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.
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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?
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