Our area has been overtaken by wildfires for the last week, and the air quality has been so bad that anyone with underlying medical or resperatory issues has been advised to leave the area if possible. It’s cleared up at my house today, but many areas are still listed as unhealthy and hazardous.
I belong to a few groups on Facebook, and SO MANY folks can’t believe that stores ran out of N95 masks, and the hospital, and clinics were only handing them out to patients. A few groups and individuals were able to get some from out of area, and were handing them out for free. I commend these folks for taking the time and expense to help neighbors. But we can’t count on these folks over and over. This time they were able to get out or have supplies sent in. Next time the roads may be closed. Many people seemed to be realizing the importance of preparedness. That’s wonderful! I just wish no one had to get into a potentially dangerous situation for that to happen. My heart goes out to all the people who were stuck in the situation of having a need unmet, and I hope I don’t sound harsh, but let’s plan ahead for next time.
We live in an area where we have had: flooding, mudslides, ice storms, wind storms, snow storms, earthquakes, and wildfires. (off the top of my head) Most happen every year, some more than once a season, and most of them have the potential to cause widespread and sometimes extended power outages.
The point I’m trying to make is that these things DO happen. We need to be prepared for them. Now is as good a time as any to get started. I’m not saying we should all go “Doomsday Preppers”. Just take a look at the things that happen where you live, and get ready for them.
To paraphrase Dave Ramsey, (although he’s talking about money) IT WILL RAIN, YOU NEED A FREAKIN’ UMBRELLA!