Preparedness: Life After the Storm

As most everyone knows, the East Coast was hit with a massive winter storm this last weekend. While the storm didn’t last as long, or have as bad of an effect, as I expected, it did get me thinking about preparedness. What would I have done had it been as bad as my mother expected?

Honestly, I was not prepared for this storm. Not because I didn’t have galoshes or an amazing winter coat, but because I didn’t think ahead. Days before the storm, my mother told me to get extra water and food. Of course I didn’t. Kinda makes me an idiot considering what might have happened.

“Fascinations breeds preparedness, and preparedness, survival.” Peter Benchley

It was only coming down lightly friday night when I left work. The calm snowfall made me smile. Jeffry isn’t fond of snow so he wasn’t quite as happy. When we went to sleep, the snow was still not coming down as crazy as expected, but it was still early. When we woke up, this was the scene that greeted us:

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It wasn’t a beautiful gentle snowfall anymore. The storm was fully raging and we were not prepared.

“The threat from extreme weather events highlights the importance of investing in preparedness.” Sheri Fink

Now this isn’t to say that my cupboards were bare. We had food, but only like a day and half worth. Had the storm lasted another day like I secretly hoped it would (I didn’t want to go into work) we would have been in trouble. We were lucky that it didn’t. What really surprised me was that we still had power. So we were able to spend the day catching up on tv shows, playing video games, and most importantly taking a hot shower and eating hot food. By saturday evening the storm had abated and the next morning the sun was shining on a winter wonderland.

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One would think that with all the sh*t life dishes out, we would learn to be ready, but that isn’t always the case. Like myself, lots of us tend to live life bouncing from one extreme to the next. We will either be unprepared for a storm, or we will over prepared for nothing. One of my coworkers was late for work on friday because he went to the store and everyone was there stocking up at the last minute. We never learn.

“Family preparedness has been a long-established welfare principle.”  Ezra Taft Benson

Growing up mormon, we learning the importance of preparedness. We were taught about food storage and preparedness kits in case of any type of emergency. We thankfully never had any real need for these so their importance has been lost on me until now. I was even a boy scout and their motto is ‘Be Prepared’! Oy. I have lived through a couple hurricanes and now a massive snowstorm. You’d think I’d have gotten the message by now. Hopefully the next time around I will heed my mother’s advice. We might not be as lucky as we were this time.

“We cannot stop natural disasters but we can arm ourselves with knowledge: so many lives wouldn’t have to be lost if there was enough disaster preparedness.” Petra Nemcova

For more information on how you can prepare for natural disasters, or just life, go to: http://www.ready.gov/.

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