No Time Like the Present
Gosh, how about this tropical storm Florence? She is something isn’t she? Being born and raised on the east coast of North Carolina with possible storms is quite an experience. What’s interesting is I don’t recall destructive hurricanes and tornadoes growing up in the 70’s. Curious questions illuminate my mind in wonder; is something changing? There’s been so much talk about global warming over the years, it does make me wonder. And while I’m not as close to the water as I once was, my parents still reside there so you betcha, I plan to be more vigilant in my research about climate change. I encourage you to do the same no matter where you are.
In continued reflecting on this unpredictable time of year, I’m often humbled by the non discriminatory impact of a storm. It has no gender, race or political affiliation. It does not care about status or a wealth profile, it just takes course where it decides. How powerful is that! Nature has no boundaries, limitations or restrictions. It just dances as it pleases.
We could learn a thing or two from nature. I hope you’ll take a moment to reflect where you’re limiting or restricting your own dance. Your life could be like nature; a strong presence that takes front and center stage to dance as you please. The question is “Are you willing to dance”or refrain from ever dancing at all? The time is NOW!!!
If you’re on the east coast and will experience some of nature’s grand performance, here’s a list of reminders that might be useful and to have close by.
First Aid Kit/Medicines/Prescription Drugs
Toiletries/Hygiene items/ Moisture wipes
Radio – battery operated and NOAA weather radio.
Cash – Banks and ATMs may not be open or available for extended periods.
Toys, Books, Games
Important documents – in a weatherproof container – insurance, medical records, bank
account numbers, Social Security card, etc.
Tools – keep a set with you during the storm.
Vehicle fuel tanks filled
Pet care items – proper identification/immunization records/medications, ample supply of food and water, a carrier or cage, muzzle and leash.
Family Disaster Plan
Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. Locate a safe room/area in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.
Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. Have an out-of-state friend as a single point of contact for the whole family. Plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.
Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911. Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered. Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit. Use a NOAA weather radio. Replace its battery every 6 months.
Hope this helps with a few things to put together at home
And yes, my parents from the east coast have evacuated and are nestled safely with me.
In the meantime, drop me a note and let me know how you’re doing and how life is treating you!
Lisa H. Thomas
CEO/Sr. Business Strategist
The P3 Group, Inc