Slow-moving storm Hurricane Isaac is on path to hit southeastern Louisiana, coastal Mississippi and to the Florida Panhandle. To make things worse, this is happening on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005. The Army Corps of Engineers says that New Orleans is ready this time but this raises a question for us all: are you ready for a disaster if it strikes?
The thing about natural disasters from hurricanes to tornadoes to earthquakes is that you often don’t know when they are going to hit. That is why we should practice disaster preparedness, but really how many of us do?
Jim McKay of Emergency Management Magazine (yes, there is a publication dedicated to dealing with emergency management) said, “People don’t pay attention until a disaster hits. They don’t think it’s going to happen to them. It’s like telling people to put a smoke detector in their home. They might do it but then forget about the batteries.”
When thinking about if my family was prepared, which we should be since we live in earthquake country, I realized the canned foods and water I have stored are probably about three or four years old and items like our emergency flashlight have been taken out of our survival kit for a different sort of emergency: finding a My Little Pony that was stuck under the couch.
While we go on with our busy daily lives it’s hard for many of us to be prepared for dinner, let alone a disaster that may or may not happen. So as a public service for you and me, here is a friendly reminder of what we need to do to be prepared.
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