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Preparing for disaster

posted May 8, 2016, 8:30 AM by John Call   [ updated May 8, 2016, 11:02 AM ]
Although it may be true that disasters do not strike any particular individual on a daily basis, disaster do happen every day somewhere in this world.  Unfortunately, since most people don't like thinking about crisis, most people don't prepare, even when they have been provided some forewarning.  For example, this past week in Alberta, Canada 90,000 people had to evacuate their homes because of a massive forest fire.  This fire had been happening for some days, around Fort McMurray in Alberta.   In an interview with the media a man reported that although he was aware of the wildfire, he hadn't expected it to overtake his community and when it did he only had time to grab a jacket and his passport before jumping into his automobile and join an evacuating convoy south. Although this type of "head in the sand" attitude may seem to defy common sense, it, frankly, is quite typical.  Overtime, we at SRT will blog about preparation and will provide our readers with links and files regarding how to prepare.  (We are also even considering developing a "store" where our visitors would be able to purchase clothing, equipment, and supplies that we have found useful in our disaster deployments.  Any profit from such a store would be used solely to fund our non-profit goals.  Feel free to email a comment providing us your view on this "store" you think it is a good idea or not?)

However, back to preparing for disaster.  When one thinks about developing a disaster kit, the typical initial response it to think about bottles of water, food, etc.  Yes, these items are important but one needs to also consider other items as well, such as important documents and papers.  Attached to this blog is a detailed description of how to set up an emergency financial first aid kit which has been provided by FEMA. Please download it and take some time to study it.
John Call,
May 8, 2016, 8:30 AM