The Importance of Emergency Preparedness
“Not if the tornado hits you, when the tornado hits you,” is a quote from Mike Seidel last Friday on the Weather Channel as devastating tornadoes ripped through the American Heartland. Entire towns were destroyed. It was truly a weekend of terror, heartbreak and tragedy! As of this writing, over 45 confirmed and possibility as many as 70 total tornadoes ripped across the central United States.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) is almost broke because the US has been hit with 12 one billion dollar plus disasters in the last year. And, people are tiring of natural disasters; both the New York Times and the Washington Post didn’t even have the damage cleanup as front page articles the Monday after the storms. State, county and local government accounts are getting drained and their resources are limited. But, these natural disasters keep coming.
The earth’s atmosphere will correct itself, and there isn’t much we humans can do about it but try to get out of the way. The climate is changing and we need to change with it. Readers, you need to make sure you’re ready – the government can only do so much. If you live in an earthquake zone, are you ready for WHEN it hits? If you live in a flood zone, are you ready for WHEN it hits? If you live in a tsunami zone, are you ready for WHEN it hits? If you live in snowstorm, hurricane, fire, sandstorm zones, are you ready for WHEN it hits? Always have your plan in place, and always keep it up to date. And, please, I beg you, practice monthly with your family, friends and co-workers. If you need a plan, look at my previous articles.
‘IF’ was so last year! What Mike Seidel from the Weather Channel is right – today we’re in the era of ‘WHEN’. Never forget that it is 2012. Be ready for anything that comes your way. And, give your loved ones a big hug today because there, but by the grace of God, go us in a tornado!