for Your Home and Family
with Sally and Ray Strackbein
As I watch the news, there is a storm brewing in the Gulf and another in the Atlantic. We had an earthquake here in Virginia, with no damage to our home, and got lucky that Hurricane Irene
bypassed us. My brother, in Maryland, lost power for a few days, but no big deal. It costs so little to be prepared that I just don't understand why people don't do it. I saw reports on the
news of communities that were surrounded by water. People's homes were OK, but they could not get out, had no power, and no clean water.
What can you do to prepare? For me, being prepared is a state of mind. I keep my supplies up-to-date. The cost is not that high to buy some insurance/supplies. I'd rather spend a little
on preparations and I won't kick myself if I don't need them.
The winter weather for the last two years resulted in power failures and people stuck in their homes for days or weeks. Hurricane Katrina has demonstrated the necessity for being ready for
emergencies. We urge you to prepare yourself and your family. You never know when you will need to be prepared. It does not cost a lot of money or effort to be prepared - just a minimum of
planning and a very small amount of effort. We urge you to protect yourself. Use the simple emergency preparedness tips you find here.
You never know when:
- Friends are going to drop in.
- A power line is going to be cut by the back hoe operator down the street.
- An ice storm or a hurricane is going to take out the whole region's electrical delivery.
- A water line break is going to stop the water from flowing
- A flu outbreak will make you want to work from home.
Are you prepared?
My husband, Ray, says that no disaster he prepared for ever happened. The process of planning and preparing for any disaster made him prepared for what actually did happen.
Many news programs and magazines are focusing on pandemic flu and natural disasters. They sometimes talk about bio-terrorism and chemical warfare. I don't worry about those issues. I can't do
much to prepare my family for those awful nightmares. A gas mask won't help much unless you wear it day and night.
Instead, I'll prepare for what I can. I'll store food, water, soap and toilet paper. I'll wash my hands after pushing a shopping cart. I'll steer clear of people who are sneezing. I'll plan
how to stay warm, have light and have good relationships with people I care about.
You will find easy, rational emergency preparedness plans here. I invite you to join me.
Prepare for what you can and enjoy the life you have.