Each year I write about severe weather & natural disasters and how to be ready in case it comes your way. After the terrible earthquakes in Japan recently as well as the tornadoes that are happening in Iowa and other parts of the country, we do need to take time again to determine our preparedness.
Earthquakes and severe weather events are violent acts, they disrupt our lives and often change to course of our lives. We can do ourselves justice by doing a few simple things to reduce the immediate stress of a bad storm or other disaster. Reducing your stress begins early, before the event happens. so treat yourself well!
1. Check your home. Do you have a way to cover windows in the event of a hurricane or severe thunderstorm? Do you have a Weather Radio that is tuned to a NOAA Weather station in your vicinity? Do you have an escape route if the house catches fire? Do you have an escape route planned in case of flooding or fire? Flood insurance?
2. What are you going to do with your Pets? Do you have horse trailers available for your horses and ponies? Cat and dog carriers? What about food and medicine for the animals? Water? Veterinarian papers since you could be traveling with them?
3. Children and the elderly need special attention too. Do you have blankets, water, medicine, food, extra clothing, first aid kits, flashlights, batteries. They often need special medications and supplements. Water, food, treats, blankets, pillows, warm clothes even in the summer, games, books, pen & paper, playing cards.
Think ahead a little and gather the important papers you need, your emergency kits and water and then relax. Hopefully you will not need them this year! Stay well.