We may not have hurricanes in the Pacific Northwest, however we can learn a lot from those that were affected by recent events. When I read this story about the residents in Virginia still seeking help weeks after the storm hit. I was personally hit by two items in the article.
The first being how little steps taken by the residents beforehand could have helped them save priceless personal treasures and secondly how the final statement in the article reinforced the importance of neighborhood preparedness measures.
In regards to their priceless items, like the unprocessed wedding photos or a fathers obituary mentioned in the article, they could have stored items in a water tight container or up higher to prevent the loss. I recognize that we aren't subject to hurricanes here, but we can still apply these simple steps to our own preparedness measures. In fact, flooding is a very common event in the Pacific Northwest and even urban flooding can occur when the sewer drains are clogged by leaves and other debris. So, do your part and rake the leaves away from entry into our drainage systems.
Furthermore, I challenge each of you to the following:
1. Evaluate your family's own risks and apply mitigation strategies. Could you take some simple steps to protect your valuables, family members and pets.
2. Take a moment to think about what could fall, block an entrance and/or be damaged by a flood or earthquake? Could you mitigate that risk by storing items elsewhere or securing the item(s)?
3. Then take some time over this weekend to chat with your neighbors, as they will likely be your first responders, when we experience a significant regional earthquake or other event.
4. Did you remember to change the batteries in your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when day light savings time ended? If not, please do that this weekend.
Lastly, Happy Veteran's Day to all of you that have served to protect our rights and freedoms! You are our HEROES! Enjoy your day and know you are appreciated and valued.
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