Disasters-They Start Out As An Ordinary Day

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Obviously, disasters are more than just your ordinary day, but they typically start as one. I have been through more than my share of disasters in my lifetime. Some have been major and some not so devastating. Here’s the deal, we need to be prepared every day for whatever comes our way. The first disaster I was involved in was years ago when I was about 16 years old.

Disasters-Start As An Ordinary Day

I lived where snow was falling so beautifully all over the lawns, the sidewalks, and the streets. The trees and bushes in the yard looked just like a Christmas card. But then the temperatures dropped, and they dropped quickly. I had never seen an ice storm, literally, roads had become like ice skating rinks. Not really safe to ice skate in the extreme cold weather, let alone in the streets (lol). The roads were closed for days, then two weeks.

My cousin and I had to walk to the store to get milk, and whatever else we needed at the grocery store. Keep in mind I was 16 and I had a pocket of cash walking in a snow covered sidewalk to the store. I had never lived where it snowed. It was cold, but it was fun because my cousin and I were together and laughing as we walked there.

We laughed until we got to the store. There were lines and the food was rationed for families. WHAT? What is rationing? I soon learned we were allowed one gallon or one quart of milk a week, if they had it. I was back east helping my aunt for a few months and she had recently had a new baby.

Please keep in mind, my mom always had a pantry filled with canned goods and bottled fruits. She made bread and taught her daughters to make bread and to be self-reliant without really knowing it at the time. Oh, how I wish my mom knew she inspired me to be prepared. She died before I was asked to write a book on food storage and emergency preparedness.

My Book

If you haven’t purchased it, I highly recommend my book: “Prepare Your Home For Survival.” It’s a family friendly book where no weapons are discussed. I wanted the book to be a teaching tool for classes and family meetings. It’s available in stores, online, or in almost every bookstore. I was honored to be asked to write it to help people to be prepared for the unexpected.

Disasters Start As An Ordinary Day

Typically disasters start out as an ordinary day and can have some warning, or no warning at all. You would think where we live we all would have some way to be alerted as quickly as possible about the minor or major disasters listed below. Yes, we do hear in some cases beforehand, but other times we will not hear for several different reasons.

If you only have cell phones remember that these are not automatically on a Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System. If you are at work, at the park, the gym, driving somewhere and you have your cell phone AND we have a disaster or emergency, your CELL phone will alert you if you have registered your cell phone.

Register Cell Phone

You must register your cell phone with your local Reverse 911 Notification System if you want to be notified. You can “Google” Reverse 911 Emergency Notification in your city or county and you should be able to find it. Please do it today!

  • Floods
  • Overfilled rivers, canals and drain pipes gushing with water from excessive rain or snow melting
  • Fires
  • Ice Storms
  • Hurricanes
  • Tornadoes
  • Tsunamis
  • Riots
  • Mass Evacuations
  • War
  • Pandemics
  • Railroad derailments
  • Transportation accidents
  • Earthquakes
  • Sewer backups
  • Waterlines broken
  • Water contaminated in local water systems

Final Word

Please be prepared for the unexpected, a disaster or unforeseen emergency could strike your neighborhood at any time. Are you prepared with water, food, cooking devices, and fuel? Please start with one thing at a time. You do not need to go into debt to be prepared.

We can’t think that the government will have supplies for our cities, nope, it’s not going to happen for days, weeks or possibly months. Just picture grocery stores empty after a disaster because they will be empty in 24-48 hours at the most. Please remember to store bleach for cleaning up sewage, or whatever, and rotate it every 6-9 months.

Trust me, we will need it. Please keep your gas tank 3/4 full and have cash on hand like fives and ones. If we lose power the ATM’s, the gas stations, the pharmacy, and some stores will not be able to process your debit or credit cards. The gas pumps will not work without electricity. Hard cash will work if you need it on any not so ordinary day. May God bless this world. Linda

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8 thoughts on “Disasters-They Start Out As An Ordinary Day

  • March 11, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    That’s what I remember about 9/11. It was a beautiful, ordinary day. Good post.

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    • March 11, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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      Janet, I remember driving along that day in Mpls, had the radio on, rather than my CD player. Then, the emergency broadcast came on. Wow. I was very glad I hadn’t headed out of town for work yet. I DO remember how in the following days, people were grabbing plastic rolls and duct tape from the stores. Generators were flying off the shelves. Don’t recall people going loading up on food or water, but maybe in other areas? I headed home pretty quick as my oldest son (young adult) was caring for our Littles. I do have to say my son and I both shook our heads when people talked about using the plastic and tape to protect themselves in their basements. This was way before I’d ever even heard of ‘prepping’. We just paid attention to the news. And, kinda checked our normal home supplies, just in case. I admired how Bush gave his very calm speech, and I think it made a difference in stopping big panic. Does anyone else remember people buying things like plastic and duct tape?

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      • March 11, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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        Linda, this is a good time for your article: our nation has just come thru a wierd rough winter, followed by tornadoes down south…I’m sure many will face flooding very soon…I hope people who read your articles will remind others to Really Think about where they live, what could come their way just from localized disasters. Warnings ahead of things like fires, floods, and hurricanes can make a lot of difference but having some things ready ahead of time is just as important: important documents, extra cash, a full tank of gas, a bag with some essentials in it. Imagine what a difference these things could’ve made for those affected by Katrina or the latest CA wildfires. Having a backup place to go well away from the area is important too. I wonder how many people remember these events, take any steps to have themselves ready for the next disaster. I think it will still be those of us who are dubbed ‘preppers’. Peace to all, and let’s check our stuff!

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        • March 11, 2019 at 5:50 pm
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          Great comment, please everyone check all your supplies and preps my friends. We do not want to be the people standing in line at the city and county building needing food and water. We are self-reliant. May God bless this world, Linda

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      • March 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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        I think it was what got me started on preparing for emergencies. I do remember for the next couple months, whenever I saw a friend in a store, I gave them a hug. It showed how ephemeral things can be.

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        • March 11, 2019 at 5:51 pm
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          I think I started hugging people that weekend too! Plus, it’s never stopped. Life is so fragile. Linda

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      • March 11, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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        I remember seeing pictures of people buying duct tape and plastic sheeting. Linda

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