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?
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