Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sandy

Our hearts go out to all those impacted by Hurricane/tropical storm/super storm Sandy.  Reports this morning detail flooding, electrical power out to 6.2 million people, fires that burned out of control, and snow measured in feet rather than inches piling up along the Appalachians.  More than 40 people are reported killed in the U.S. eastern states alone by Sandy.  And it is not over yet.

In New York City, some areas have no running water, and Governor Cuomo is telling residents to not just clean but to sterilize everything that was exposed to flooding.  The concern is that the flood waters contained raw sewage. 

Along the New Jersey coast there is devastation.   Locals report that they don’t expect the coastal areas will ever be the same. 

Again, we are reminded how important it is to have at least basic emergency supplies on hand.  It will be several days before some people get electricity back.  We have seen this time and time again in recent years.  Hurricanes have stripped away our modern conveniences.  Earthquakes have downed power lines.  Blizzards and ice storms have shut down power for not just days but weeks.  Tornadoes have leveled towns.  As much as we would like to think that we are above all this devastation, the reality is that nature is bigger than we are. 

We are humbled this morning as we continue to hear reports of the damage caused by Sandy.  As those in the East are helping each other and starting already to rebuild, we in the rest of the nation should ask what we can do.

One of the best ways to help in times of emergency is to be prepared in advance of the hard times.  That way you will not be a burden to disaster relief efforts and you can even help others out.  It really does not take that much to make a huge difference.  Have some spare food, clean water, first aid supplies, and the ability to take care of necessary tasks like cooking and boiling water without depending on electricity and natural gas.  Then find some neighbors in need, and be part of the solution rather than the problem.

Mother Nature has shown us over and over again in the last few years that she is not going to spare us.  While we see yet another saga of her fury playing out back east, let’s do what we can to get ready for when she throws her darts in our direction.  Be a part of the solution rather than the problem. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in need.

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