Do you sometimes ask yourself this: “what’s all this be prepared for the unexpected” warning? Well, the only way I can explain why I feel it’s a warning is because if you look around the world, stuff, good and bad things are happening everywhere, but it seems like we tend to hear more of the bad stuff. It could be a flood, a severe ice storm, or a car wreck that disrupts traffic for hours. If could be a tornado, hurricane, an out of control fire, severe winds, a tsunami, or a power outage. I have read a number statements about current events in different forums and I remember seeing a young mother, say, “I’ve been told to be prepared for 10 years and nothing has happened where I live.” She is one of the lucky ones. I have lived in a few cities and something has happened in every city during my stay there, excessive winds, flooding, tornadoes, ice storms and more, and I learned how to fill sandbags very quickly. I’ve seen homes demolished before my eyes and there wasn’t anything anyone could do, except stay away and go to safe higher ground.
I remember buying a home back in 1983 in Farmington, Utah and the night we moved in some warm weather caused the snow in the mountains above us to melt extremely fast, as in flooding. The city had never had floods like that. A city called Bountiful, a few miles to the south, had floods and washed away many roads that same weekend. In the middle of the night, families were evacuated and had to get help from friends and family to save their homes. Several homes were totally destroyed by the wall of mud that came down the mountain side. No one had flood insurance because the city had never seen floods like this and they didn’t live in a “flood plain.” They have since built a water catch basin to collect the excess water stream to help minimize any future flood damage to the area.
It was a Friday night and Mark and I had just moved into a home we built in the Farmington area, and Saturday morning we started hearing sirens to evacuate and helicopters overhead telling us to leave our homes. Well, we were down trying to sandbag a home and remove as many items as we could from a home just down the hill from us. Keep in mind, we had never met these people. It’s surprising what your body and soul can do when you must help other people. It’s just a natural thing to do.
You may remember seeing St. George, Utah on the television with pictures showing floods they too had never experienced before. Homes slid off into the Santa Clara River across town from our home. We had a home in St. George at the time but were up in Salt Lake City, Utah for a visit. I called a neighbor to ask how our neighborhood was doing, we were fine but in Santa Clara, Utah, they were in trouble. Trying to be lighthearted, Mark will often say, “this is sure a funny way to run a desert!”
Today, I am more worried about water being contaminated and major power outages. I’m prepared for every scenario unless, like I have said before, my house crumbles after an earthquake hits our area. Our county is gearing up for 350,000 to 500,000 to head to the Southern Utah area from California and Nevada. Those states will run out of water or food because the roads may not be driveable and they only have one way to go and that’s to Utah. Now, once they hit our area, if they can make it, we will not have enough food or water for all those people. The advantage Utah has is the snowfall, it produces water for the state and other states as well. We also have several aquifers that other states do not have.
This is why it is critical to put together an evacuation plan for your family, wherever you live. If the states run out of gas for the cars or they have zero electricity, those gas pumps will not work. Now what? Please keep your gas tanks 3/4 full. What if the traffic is 20 miles long, will your car have enough gas to get you to the next town? How far is the next city, town or county? Will it be better to stay put in your home? Please talk with your family and bring up scenarios that you may encounter unexpectedly. It has happened to Mark and I and to several friends. Yup, we’ve seen and experienced things over the years that we never thought would happen to our neighborhood, community, and city. For the most part, we were ready, others weren’t. We have always been grateful we worked to plan for unexpected emergencies. Be sure to be the family on your street that is prepared. You’ll be so glad you did, and so will all your family members. You may have enough to help others on your street. Be willing to share your ideas and plans so others can learn from you and implement their own family preparedness plans.
Please store water: 4 gallons per person per day
Please store food: write down what you eat daily and store enough food for 3 days, then 7 days and then 30 days or more
Consider buying my book and study it together as a family: Prepare Your Family for Survival: How to Be Ready for Any Emergency or Disaster Situation
Please meet with your neighbors and help make your neighborhood a village that will work together. This means you talk to each other and share your skills and what YOU can bring to the table. I just found out there is a nurse about one mile from my house. She will probably be called to the hospital to work after an unforeseen emergency, but it gives me peace of mind knowing we have two nurses in the neighborhood. God bless you in all you are doing.