There, but for the grace of God…

If you take away one  thing from the tragic events happening in Japan, take away this: If this happens to you, you are pretty much on your own.

CNN did a poll today asking its readers:  Do you have confidence in U.S. disaster preparedness?

Right now, it’s almost at 80%… 80 percent of the people said no!

And you know what, I agree… but not for the reasons that are most obvious, like Hurricane’s Katrina and Rita.  No, this happened two years before and it was called: Hurricane Isabel.

In my area of Virginia ALL of my friends, family and co-workers were without power for at least six weeks.  Six weeks… in America!  But the image that is seared into my brain is the image of people standing outside of a Food Lion Grocery store where a truck was distributing bags of ice… as if distributing bags of grain to starving refugees.  And again, this was in the U. S. of A!

So, if you haven’t thought about it before, think about it today: make sure you have some sort of plan, some type of emergency supplies, emergency water, emergency food, because, believe me, you only have yourself to depend on.  During Isabel I NEVER saw one friggin’ FEMA, Red Cross, or rescue squad truck in my neighborhood the entire time!

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3 thoughts on “There, but for the grace of God…

  1. You’re absolutely right. Katrina and Rita are first and foremost in everyone’s mind when they think of disasters that have struck the U.S. but there are plenty of other examples of residents in dire circumstances due to natural disaster. Our disaster relief implementation leaves much to be desired.

    • At my job, we are having a Tornado drill tomorrow. And while we have had quite a few VERY damaging Tornado’s in Virginia, we live on the coast and we need to take Tsunami’s into consideration also. I have learned that Earthquakes aren’t the only things that causes them. There is just so much that we haven’t thought of. ANd Congrss recently voted down an early warning system as costing too much money. HELLO?!?!?! Anything that takes into account a citizen’s safety at home should be considered.

  2. But remember, these are the same folks who a few months before Hurrican Katrina, did a “disaster drill” involving a category 5 hurricane hitting where else? New Orleans. And look at how that turned out. They make many, many bone-headed decisions that show how out of whack their priorities are.

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