Natural Disasters. They seem to happen pretty regularly, don’t they? And not just in one area – they can happen all around the country. Just in my far-flung family alone, we’ve done a lot of praying for friends and neigbhors hit hard by tornados in Kentucky, hurricanes and flooding in Florida, Hawaii, and New York, fires in Washington and California, ice storms in Arkansas and Kentucky, and earthquakes in California… And the list goes on. What’s a person to do?
We can’t stop them, of course. But we can take steps to prepare. And guess what! FEMA has declared September “National Preparedness Month!” Here’s a video from 2012 explaining it a bit.
It’s a great opportunity to share some vital and valuable resources with y’all. And let me tell you, there is a wealth of grand resources out there for us! So much so, that I will be sharing them with you over the next few days and at various sites to help prevent information overload in one little blog post.
First and foremost, September 30, 2014, has been designated National Prepareathon Day. This is a great day to plan ahead to sit down and talk to family and friends about steps you can take now to prepare for future problems that could arise. Perhaps take a trip to the store to stock up on batteries, flashlights, water bottles, etc. (Click here for a great pdf pamphlet with plenty of suggestions!) And for any of you who are Neighborhood Watch block captains – this would make a great subject for a meeting this week – even if you have to have it later than the 30th.
FEMA also has a smart phone mobile app to help us with preparation and dealing with natural disasters? You can find more information about it by clicking here.
As most of us know, disasters can strike with no notice at any time – whether natural or, sadly, man-made!
Taking simple steps can help us be a little more prepared for “come-what-may.” While that may not be enough in some cases, most of the time, it WILL pay off big dividends for small steps. Let’s join together to talk about and prepare for problems, while hoping and praying none will come. And then, be sure to rotate your cans and bottles regularly – using them or sharing them with your local church or community food bank. That way, they won’t go to waste and, one way or another, they will serve a good and useful purpose.
P.S. YES! In the event of a Zombie Apocalypse, National Preparedness will help for that as well. 😀