September is National Preparedness Month. Often when talking about preparation, prepping, thoughts turn to be ready for a disaster of some kind. There are other ways that you can, and probably should, get ready. Back to school. September is the traditional return to school month, although many schools start in August Read More ….
It’s hard to think about fall and winter preparation when the temperatures are above 100 degrees. The fact is that in about six weeks, fall is here. Actually, all I want to do is think about staying cool. It is time for fall tasks though, which is part of our Read More ….
Depending on where we live or what season it is, getting ready for an emergency is often a topic of discussion. Most of us know we should have at minimum three-days of water and food, a flashlight with batteries, and the battery-operated radio (with batteries). I’m going to guess most Read More ….
We have a bushel of animals: cats, dogs, chickens, donkey, the occasional squirrel that eats the bird seed. As part of being ready includes at least some of these creatures. Have you given any thought to what will happen to critters in your family? Well, June is Pet Preparedness Month. Read More ….
Do you have a rainy day savings account? Many of us do. A little, or not so little, fund of money to be prepared for unforeseen events. Being prepared, “prepping,” is like that rainy day account. Sometimes money alone doesn’t cover emergencies. We need supplies and tools to take care of Read More ….
I confess. I like to read apocalypse fiction. Sometimes it’s for the humor of it: Doesn’t everyone understand the impossibility of an earthquake so massive that Las Vegas becomes a beach town? Other disaster stories make me think: What if I were in that situation? How would I respond? That’s Read More ….
I consider myself prepared for most anything; whether it’s a flat tire (tow service) or a natural disaster (back-up power). But as I’ve thought about these preparations this month, I wondered if there are some things you just can’t prepare for. I’ve come to the conclusion: Yes. Let me give Read More ….
A recent tv series about people who prepare for disaster soon became the source of comedy for office water coolers and late-night television. It’s all too easy to dismiss the idea of preparing when it seems like a joke. Really we all prepare for something: work, vacation, a new baby. Read More ….
“At least we don’t have earthquake seasons.” My response when someone next to me said, “I couldn’t live in earthquake areas.” I was referring to tornado seasons during the spring each year in the Midwest. Tornado seasons a three-month period in which tornadoes are more likely to occur. The season Read More ….
Families were ready for the Memorial Day 2015. The National Weather Service had predicted rain and thunderstorms for the weekend. Saturday morning opened up with sunshine and few clouds. Twenty-four hours later, the rivers were 30 feet over flood stage, homes floating away, and dozens of people lost. It’s easy Read More ….