The National Weather Service has a pretty benign set of warnings today. Watch out for fires in the Northwest and in the Plains, it’s hot in central regions, and there are thunderstorms expected in many areas. All in all, just another day across our continent .
So why prepare?
The obvious is, well, obvious. You can save your own life by having the right implements and the right knowledge. The right tools and supplies will get you through the days without access to food, water and shelter. First Aid is critical if trauma happens and access to care is impeded because of disaster conditions. You prepare to get through The Big One.
Keep in mind, though, that preparation lasts longer than the event and its aftermath. Preparedness is an important feature in community response to crisis. When you are prepared, and prepared as a group, your community gets through it better and recovers faster.
New Orleans might never get back on track, or take a long time getting there, but it will be only because of physical changes to the place. Many people have returned after a long year away and those who have not returned are still part of that city. “Voices of Katrina” from the New Orleans Times-Picayune displays letters of support and affection between neighbors far and wide. The spectrum runs from bittersweetness to dogged persistence , but it’s all the same thing. A city getting its life back.