Disaster Preparedness: Were You Ready?
Last week was pretty trying for those of us living here in the nation’s capitol. We were literally shaken with fear shaken with fear Tuesday when we experienced the first major earthquake on the east coast in more than 100 years. It measured a noticeable 5.8 on the Richter scale. As a novice to earthquakes, having lived on the east coast all of my life. I must say those were the longest 15 seconds I’ve experienced. We were still assessing structural damage of the National Cathedral and other buildings and infrastructure when the hurricane, Irene in the Caribbean was establishing a clear path up the Atlantic coast. Threatening to make landfall by Friday.
Although Irene was a category 1 hurricane, the expanse of the storm was extremely wide. While here in DC, we were spared a lot of the flooding suffered by those in NC, New York, and New England, there are still thousands here waiting to have their power restored. This all begs the very obvious question: WERE YOU READY? enBloom has compiled a list of resources and steps you want to take to ensure you and your family are prepared in the face of any disaster.
We were blessed in DC that neither natural disaster was as severe as it could have been. In the case of the hurricane several preventive measures taken by the local and federal governments also served to minimize a disastrous outcome. Hurricane season is well underway, go ahead and prepare now so your answer is YES! I’M READY when the next natural disaster poses a threat.