Friday, September 02, 2005

How prepared are you?

I think this disaster is of such a huge magnitude that it caught many people off guard. I "wish" the government could have come sooner, but they were just unprepared for a disaster of this grand scale. Yes, it’s bad out there. People are in shock. There are bodies floating in the water and no telling how many dead people in the submerged houses. Phone lines are down, no power, no safe drinking water, no food and no air conditioning. There is lawlessness and looting. The broken levees are drowning the city. I understand that there is so much damage to the Highways that they are having a hard time getting all the buses needed in and out of the city.

I went to as special church meeting tonight and found out just what kind of help is coming in. We were informed of a huge effort to help the people who are arriving at the Astrodome. My son has a friend who is working at one of our county hospitals who has been sent out to the Astrodome to help. There is a call for doctors, nurses, and EMT's to volunteer some time to help with the sick or injured. I know of a massive food drive we are having here in Houston to help the people in the Astrodome and other shelters. I have friends who are working at the NW Assistance Ministries to sort clothes that are pouring in for the evacuees. Food is being donated by the car loads. It really is nice to see all the good in people. Of course their have been some bad things going on too, but all in all, I see much more good. The Red Cross is having training classes this weekend to train people to do Red Cross work. Our local church is going to be putting together hygiene kits to give out to the People in shelters. The churches in the Houston area are working together to get volunteers to work at the Astrodome to help feed people. There are many, many things in the works to help take care of those in need. What can we do to help? We can give of our time or our money or both. We need to try to be positive and quit pointing our finger when things go wrong. Hopefully many things will be learned from this disaster and if it happens again, we will be better prepared.

I took a hard look at myself to see just how prepared my family is. This could have been us, we were only 200 miles west of the storm. We were spared this time around, but are we prepared in the event that this could happen in the Houston area? I hope this is a major wake-up call. I am going to go thru my 72-hour kit and make sure it is up to date. I want to make sure that if we had to leave at a moments notice that we have everything in one place to grab on our way out. Check out a plan, from the LDS church, for a disaster plan for your family. If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.

10 Comments:

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry said...

we don't have to worry about those type of storms here, so we don't really have a disaster plan. we were without hydro last summer for over a week, but able to remain in our homes, with a gas bbq and it wasn't cold, so some matches and candles pretty much did the trick.

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger Lauren said...

That is great about what wards and stakes are doing in Houston. Wards here in Utah are constantly supplying humanitarian kits and I know wards and stakes all over are busy doing the same thing. Our prayers are with you that are helping in the relief!!

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger Scott said...

I think it's just amazing that the Astrodome has been set up to help for disasters of this nature. It makes me think that these kinds of structures should be made at several locations along our ports at risk. I'm shocked that New Orleans was left so unprotected when it was so crucial to the energy supply.

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Scott, I can't believe that they build so many in harms way. The city is below sea level, it was bond to happen eventually. BTW.. The Astrodome is an amazing place. I was a young teenager when it opened and I worked there as a popcorn girl for several years. It brings back a lot of memories for me. I am just grateful that they didn't tear it down when they build Reliant Center and Minute Maid Park. It is perfect for use for this type of emergency.

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

And she looked pretty good in that popcorn girl uniform too.

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger BarbaraFromCalifornia said...

an excellent post and great reminder for us all during these times of crisis, lucy.

Thank you!

 
At 7:43 PM, Blogger Roseville Conservative said...

Hi Lucy,

I'll lay odds your Hometown is a Zoo...

How Jammed is it?

 
At 4:09 AM, Blogger Live, Love, Laugh said...

I am so glad to finally read something where there is no finger pointing. An act of nature is not something we are usually prepared for. God is in control in all this and it is difficult to know even where to start, but fingerpointing is not it. I applaud you for this post!!!

 
At 4:52 AM, Blogger Liquidplastic said...

A great reminder indeed! My husband and I talked yesterday, and had a meeting with our adults children ... the topic of our converstation were how to prepare for disaster of this type. I think every family need to do the same. There are so many folks that lost thier ID's and it's going to be hard.

We have also decided to set up a joint disaster fund, where we will put so much in a special account every month. This way, we won't be totally left out in the cold if FEMA is slow. I hope we never need it, but just in case ... like someone else said, it's better to be safe then sorry!

 
At 7:48 AM, Blogger dulciana said...

You are so right that it is important to have a disaster plan. We have lived along the coast for so long that we have learned to keep things like important documents and files all in one portable file box, photo albums all in one place, several gallons of drinking water, and a big plastic bin full of a few towels, soap, etc. - just in case. Thank goodness we've never needed it, but with Ophelia headed just to our south, who knows?

 

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