Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Our son Reuben (Sgt US Army 10th Mt Division, Ft. Drum New York) just received 2 hour emergency orders to deploy with his company to New Jersey to guard the Army assets that are being used for Hurricane Sandy Relief. As a member of the Armed Forces he cannot make civilian arrests, but he is authorized to use any means to protect Army vehicles, property, and assets.

So, what does this mean for us here in Washington?

Perhaps the most severe problem is the lack of food, medicine, drinking water, and fuel. We are so used to running to the store for a loaf of bread or assuming the water will always come out of the tap. Most homes run out of these items in just a few days. In catastrophic disasters, help does not arrive immediately. It may take more days for help to arrive than we have food and water, and then things become difficult. That is what is happening in the Northeast right now.

May I encourage everyone to be sure you have enough food and water on hand to sustain your household for at least a month? My mother (Great Depression and WWII survivor) always said, "Never let your car's gas tank get less than 1/2 full." Thousands of New York and New Jersey residents are in serious trouble with no fuel.

Here are some reputable web sites that can help with emergency preparation:

http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/pc/abtus/ourorg/dem/pub%20ed/preparedness.htm
http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/checklist_1.pdf
http://www.lds.org/topics/emergency-preparedness?lang=eng
http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/kit/disasters/

We don't have to be a loony tunes survivalist kooks. Just prepare for the worst and hope for the best! Be able to share with our neighbors when the time comes, or encourage them to prepare, too.
We are prone to bad weather and earthquakes. Why not be prepared?

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