With the recent announcement by NOAA that the 2013 hurricane season has a higher likelihood of being more severe and active than usual – and – the recent devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, you may have been giving more thought to how you can be more prepared for natural disasters of all kinds.
One thing that is especially valuable – and usually very scarce - before, during, and after a disaster of any kind is information – answers to questions like these:
What’s happening? Read more [...]
The recent explosions – at the finish line of the Boston Marathon and at a fertilizer plant in Texas – have prompted me to ask this question: “Is your Family Emergency Plan current?”
If your plan is up-to-date, you deserve kudos because you are among a too-small-percentage who have taken action to prepare for disasters.
If you have a Family Emergency Plan, but it’s been more than 6 months since you reviewed it with your family, please consider this a nudge (or an elbow if that what Read more [...]
Are you choosing to be a victim?
Does anyone have a choice about whether a tornado or flood destroys their home? Or whether a hacker or computer virus disrupts their website or corrupts their data? Does anyone think “Hey, I wish the power would go out for a couple days”?
Of course we don’t choose to have these disasters happen to us!
But consider the dictionary definition of “victim”:
vic•tim (vktm) n.
One who is harmed by or made to suffer from an act, Read more [...]
The rest of Jan’s family were asleep – the older children in their upstairs bedrooms and her husband and the baby in the downstairs bedroom. Jan was grading some homework before going to sleep herself. Read more [...]
The rest of Jan’s family were asleep – the older children in their upstairs bedrooms and her husband and the baby in the downstairs bedroom. Jan was grading some homework before going to sleep herself.
The wind was really howling outside. Occasionally, Jan heard some banging she assumed were branches falling off the trees onto the house. Her thoughts kept returning to the conversation they had with friends at the family supper they had attended at church earlier. Many families in their rural Read more [...]