Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Heaven Help Me... I Need A Plan
You know that saying about making plans and God laughing?
On my first trip to California more than ten years ago, there was a mudslide in the town where I was staying. One house fell down the hill and was destroyed. I declared then and there that I would "NEVER" live in a state like California! I was so freaked out that a little rain could cause one house to slide down the hill while the neighbors were fine. It seemed so targeted. What had those people done to deserve that?
No, I preferred the predictable storms of NJ . A snow storm (snow days!) was my idea of "disaster."
Of course, 911 changed my perception of safety anywhere forever. And, reconnected me with Cliff after fifteen years.
Here I am married to Cliff and living in this unpredictable state!
And, if that isn't enough irony for you, I have been invited to participate with other So. Cal bloggers in a volunteer program to increase disaster awareness and preparation among California residents.
Do you hear God laughing? I do!
Actually, I have come to love LA and California -risks and all.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with this project over the next few weeks because it will force me to take this topic seriously. It's not that I don't take disaster preparedness seriously, but I am overwhelmed by the scale and scope of disasters in this state, and how to manage a disaster kit in a city apartment.
One statistic I have already learned from reading some of the materials, is that since 1989 there have been 27 major declared disasters in California! Yet, nearly half of us are unprepared.
I am one of those who just doesn't exactly know where to start.
Join me each week as I tackle one step at a time disaster preparedness at home and at school.