Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday Does Matter

We cannot control the tragic things that happen to us, but we can control the way we face up to them.

It is Monday and today YOU matter...here are some helpful hints on taking care of you and yours in times of physical disaster in your part of the world.

The following article I took from the Every Monday Matters website where you can go to read more about Monday in your life. Also have included some additional links to help you plan.

http://everymondaymatters.com/mondays-hub/

FACTS
On average, 1,300 tornadoes are reported annually in the U.S.

The average twister path is 660 feet wide and can be as long as 50 miles.

40 states are considered at risk of an earthquake.

More deaths occur due to extreme heat and cold than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.

Because of contamination, clean water is harder to find than food after a flood.

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when the speed of its winds reaches 74 mph.

91% of people surveyed agree that it is important to be prepared for emergencies, but only 55% said that they had taken any steps to prepare.

September 11, 2001 will always remind us of the reality of terrorist attacks and the damage they can cause.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

Develop a family communication plan by selecting a person outside your local area for everyone to call in case of an emergency. Carry it in your wallet.
http://www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/familyemergencyplan.pdf
 
Ensure every member of your family knows the phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card for calling the emergency contact. Cell phones often get jammed due to high call volume during disasters.  Designate a primary and secondary meeting location.

Create an emergency supply kit with a 3-day supply of basic items such as: fresh water, food, first aid, towelettes, garbage bags, a flashlight with extra batteries, local maps, a whistle, dust masks, tools, a can opener, and cash. Check and rotate supplies every 6 months.
 http://www.ready.gov/america/_downloads/checklist2.pdf

Prepare a plan for your pets during an emergency. 
 http://www.fema.gov/plan/prepare/animals.shtm

YOU MATTER

Disasters are never planned, but they will happen. They are inevitable. Being prepared is the only thing you can do. Having proper supplies and a well thought-out plan can make all the difference in your survival. Readiness will also reduce fear, anxiety, and potential losses. Prepare today … for any kind of tomorrow.
The Word is Plan...

A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.  General George S. Patton


Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly. 
Francis Bacon


We ain't gonna go bouncing off the walls for the next ten minutes, because when its over we'll still have the same problems. We've gotta find a way to work this out and stay alive. 
Apollo 13 movie


You can't choose the ways in which you'll be tested.  Robert J. Sawyer


Facing it, always facing it, that the way to get through. Face it.  Joseph Conrad


Tell me, what would you add to the lists and plans?  Have we thought of everything?

You are all very dear to me so I am leaving you with this path I wish you could walk on with me.




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