Two years ago, I just couldn’t get my mind off of all of the tragedy that had been happening around the world. The devastation in Myanmar, the earthquake in China, the tornadoes in Oklahoma and a half dozen other states and fires in Florida.
I was already feeling a little tenderhearted that week because I was so achy. I rolled my ankle, I then stabbed my hand (smack the avocado pit with the knife, do not try to stab it!), I fell down the stairs (yes I’m okay, just bruised and embarrassed). I ripped part of my thumbnail off past the quick, scraped my elbow and had the tips of my fingernails rolled up (accidentally) in my car window. I used some muscles that I was unaware that I even had (must… move…slowly). I got a paper cut and I was starting some new medication that took a little getting used to. I was ready to move on.
As I said, I was a little tenderhearted, and tender bodied, while listening to all of the other pain that was going on in the world. I started to wax philosophical and I wondered if you could ever really be prepared for what is inevitably going to happen – chaos and mayhem of varying degrees, and then it hit me, yes you can!
The first thing that you need to do is to stay positive and to prepare your mind. We need to keep things in perspective. We need to do all that we can to store our food and get our houses into order, financially, familial, and maintenance wise. We need to have our families in order. Cherish our relationships and make our bonds stronger. Help each other to put aside petty and self-serving differences and enjoy our diversity. And for those who are making stupid choices – stop it and quit breaking your parent’s hearts!
One story struck my heartstrings in particular. In Myanmar the government wasn’t allowing a lot of, if any, outside help into their country to help the victims. Fortunately, there was already a service-oriented group who happened to be in their country when everything happened. Their biggest task was trying to re-unite families. There were thousands of families that had been torn apart because of the violent storm and they were having trouble finding everybody – and it makes it even more difficult when they didn’t know if the missing family members were alive or dead. The organization said that the more time that goes by, the more problems there would be in getting family members together again. They said that people will move and try to re-establish their lives. Small children would be confused and others would just give up. I can’t even imagine the horror of losing a family member.
In a past article I advised you to get individual family photos – one set each for each member of your family and put it on a lanyard so that you can wear it around your neck in plain view. Keep family documents proving who you are. Keep your insurance papers and other important papers in a place and stored in a way that you can just pick it up and go in a moment’s notice. Having your 72-hour kit ready to go is a given.
Store your water. Make at least half of the water portable and always have a back up water filter in case you need to start filtering it. I know that having my water stored helps me feel calm. If you get those empty containers filled with water you will have the same sense of peace.
We have been very fortunate in our little valley and we have certainly been spared the pain and misery of nature’s wrath. We have been given the opportunity to prepare ourselves for what will come — our own personal chaos or a community wide disaster – so don’t waste any more time.
And yes, in answering my own question, you can be prepared.