National Preparedness Month 2016
With the recent flooding rains in Baton Rouge, earthquakes (I didn’t feel it) around here and hurricane season in full swing I have to ask: Who can you count on? I was taught that if you’re in trouble, the things you can count on is yourself and your family. All other help has a 50/50 chance of showing up on time. That’s not a slam on the first responders or the folks that come and help clean up. But, if you’re in a situation that happens fast (earthquake), it’s up to you to survive until help arrives. If you have time to prepare (hurricane) then you and the family should be someplace else when it arrives.
I bring all this up because September is National Preparedness Month. To be prepared you start by making a plan. The “what do I (we) do if this happens” kind of plan. These are just like fire drills but on a larger scale. You can’t wait until the last minute to start planning. Have an exit route and meeting place. Know the phone numbers of people involved, not just the speed dial number. Have enough of the basics on hand to last a couple of days. These supplies should be at the house and in the car. The basics are water, food, fire and shelter. You need to include “communications” (cell phone and/or 2 way radio) in this basic list.
Once plans are made start looking at the “what if” parts. What if the car won’t start? What if the exit route is gone? This may seem very zombie-esque but remember that you have to have a plan before it can fail. By the way Wells Brothers has a large selection of Mountain House food.