What will they say Monday at school?
Sandy can't you see I'm in misery”
are the lyrics from the song “Sandy” in the musical “Grease.” I guess they apply to this storm!
So here we go again, another major disaster! The winter season hasn't even started yet and the Midwest and Northeast have had to deal with the “Frankenstorm.” It is also more commonly known as Hurricane Sandy, but others call it the Superstorm or Storm of the Century. The southern states were the lucky ones; they dodged a bullet and were spared this disaster. Instead Sandy hit one of the most populated area of the United States. And once again I am willing to bet most of the people living in the affected areas had no real emergency preparedness plan in place. Most were probably thinking “it is all media hype” or “it won’t happen to us.” Please listen up, it can and it does, ask those folks in New Orleans and now those living in New York and New Jersey! Slow moving storms stretching across hundreds of miles or in this case a thousand miles cause major damage.
How many people had an emergency bag packed with copies of their insurance policies, some extra money and important documents like bank account information? Yet when we travel we generally think to have emergency information with us and often times carry items essential for us to provide adequately for ourselves for an extended time period.
With the after effects of this storm still fresh in our minds and before the winter season approaches please go to the American Red Cross website or the FEMA emergency preparedness website for a complete list of supplies and recommendations. These sites can guide you on what you should have on hand before the next storm approaches, and we all know that at some time or other it will! This means supplies for not only your home but also for your car just in case you are trapped somewhere unexpectedly. This applies to everyone, even those that do not expect to be affected by a hurricane. Most people without power in Ohio and West Virginia never thought to prepare for Sandy.
"Finding a way to live the simple life today is man's most complicated task." - Henry A. Courtney
Check out the ABC News site for further advice and information. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/11/02/protecting-yourself-from-the-next-sandy/
It seems warming global conditions are making these storms more severe and more frequent so it is truly time to get prepared for the future.