Be Prepared

Now that we’ve nearly gotten through the Nebraska summer, it seems like we can finally relax our worries about severe weather events until the blizzard season arrives. Then I remember that an EF-4 wedge tornado tore through Wayne County on October 4, 2013. It damaged several farms, and a portion of the town of Wayne. The town’s airport was also affected, which is less than half-a-mile from my father’s old acreage. That’s a 30-minute drive from my house. 

So, there really is no absolutely safe weather period in the Midwest. There are several preparedness drills and reminders in our area during the year. Even though tornadoes can supposedly happen in any season, they are much less of a problem in the wintertime. The coming months present the threats of severe blizzards and precipitation events.

There is no way to avoid these natural disasters aside from moving to another part of the country or to another country. That’s shortsighted too, because each area has its own particular threat for destruction. If it’s not severe thunderstorms and blizzards, it’s hurricanes, flooding, tsunamis, forest fires, earthquakes, and other dangerous phenomenon.

Aside from having flashlights, backup powered phone chargers, radios, and so forth. It’s smart to know what you need to have on hand or anticipate for your own particular region and city. Thankfully, you can get a leg-up on this process by going on line to check out emergency preparedness articles from WikiHow. A simple web search will bring up a plethora of information you can adapt to your own particular set of natural disaster threats.

Today is a good time to start mapping out contingency survival plans before they might be needed. It’s also a good time to find out what local private and governmental agencies are in charge of disaster planning and relief efforts to help minimize your risks and maximize your chances for survival. Procrastination about emergency preparedness could have dire personal consequences.

The best way to be safe and feel reasonably relaxed about natural disasters is to invest in preparedness. That way, if and when something destructive or threatening to one’s well-being and safety happens, we are better able to cope during and after the event occurs.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes philanthropist Petra Nemcova. “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.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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