Bad Irene…

But Not As Bad As Feared

Worldwide (so far in 2011) we have seen tornadoes, earthquakes, fire emergencies, volcanoes erupting, flooding, a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and hurricanes. We have seen thousands of dead birds and fish across the world for unknown reasons.

Hurricane Irene is just the latest in natural disasters. Thus far in 2011 these weather related disasters have hit the US:

  • Deadly tornadoes hit N. Carolina and Virginia, at least 47 dead–April 16
  • A massive thunderstorm front spawned 137 tornadoes, killed at least 180 people, and mangled sections of Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Huntsville, Alabama–April
  • Major Mississippi flooding, destroys many homes–May
  • Roxy knows that as bad as Hurricane Irene was, she could have been much worse.
  • Deadly tornadoes hit Minneapolis and Missouri–May 22
  • Deadly tornadoes hits Oklahoma City–May 24
  • Deadly tornado hits Springfield, Massachusetts–June 1
  • Massive wildfires in Arizona, claimed more than 30 homes–June 8
  • 40 tornadoes rip through Nebraska, Kansas–June 21
  • 7.2 magnitude earthquake hits Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska–June 24
  • Massive dust storm hits Phoenix–July 5
  • 5.3 earthquake hits Colorado–August 22
  • 5.9 earthquake hits Virginia, jolts NY and Carolinas–August 23
  • Hurricane Irene hits the East Coast and 45 people died, August 28

Be Ready
When a disaster hits, the impact can me mitigated if you are prepared. Forecasters do their best to keep us informed of an impending weather disasters. Although our technology has improved over the years, weather forecasting is not always accurate. For those of us who live in Colorado, we know that to be true. Forecasting storms over the Rocky Mountains is tricky at best.

The most that can be expected is a warning of extreme weather. Thankfully, the dire predictions for the recent Hurricane Irene did not come to pass. Although, if your home was destroyed or someone you knew was one of the 45 people who died because of Irene, it might not be too comforting that it “could have been worse.”

Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions and the like can be next to impossible to predict. Possible terrorist attack and/or a financial calamity (including hyper-inflation) are others. You don’t want to be in the position of running out to the grocers just before or after a disaster hits.

September is National Preparedness Month
The best time to prepare for a disaster is when there is none. The website offers a plan to preparedness. Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed are the three starting points. The site covers everything from water, food, first aid and clean air. Recommended is a basic emergency supply kit, a supply of food and water. How long should you prepare for? That depends. A week or two is a starting point. A month or more is better. Even in the best circumstances power is always an issue. Hurricane Irene knocked out power for 2.5 million people.

I have several emergency related and food storage blogs posted. (Click Here to see them.) The first thing to consider is your food supply. It’s easy to begin food storage. The first rule is to store food you eat. The second is to rotate the food in your pantry. Water is another consideration that needs to be addressed. Clean water is always an issue in any emergency. Don’t be caught at the last minute trying to purchase bottled water before an impending emergency.

Other items to consider are flashlights, battery–powered weather radio, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, dust masks, manual can opener and matches. If you have the means, a generator would make any emergency more tolerable. A Go-Bag filled with essentials to take you through a few days stored by an exit door will be invaluable. I found this to be true when we were evacuated, because of a fire in our area last March.

So what if the future is like Irene, “not as bad as feared.” Wonderful! It’s comforting that being prepared for an emergency will take you through times of trouble, even if it isn’t as “bad as feared”!

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