Whew! Our friends and family on the East Coast have had a crazy week.
First an earthquake!
Almost unheard of.
Some friends felt the shaking and others came home to pictures kind of askew and some dishes on the floor. Either way it was felt by our friends in Rhode Island and on down to North Carolina.
Then hurricane Irene had everyone’s attention.
The normal areas that are used to storm surges and flooding issues from storms went into their normal preparedness mode.
But then to shut down New York City. It takes something like a terrorist attack for that.
Evacuation of low lying areas in and around the city. Mass transit shut down on Saturday at noon. All shows on Broadway and the baseball games cancelled/postponed.
I was listening to Mayor Bloomburg’s appeal to evacuate. He said that some might feel they are safe since they live on the 10th floor and no water can get up that high. But if there is an emergency (medical, no electricity, transportation) no one can get to you. Elevators won’t work. Flying glass on the streets would keep vehicles or helicopters unavailable. He admonished everyone to please obey the law.
Glad to hear people took this seriously. This has been the year of insane snow storms, killer tornadoes, freaky flooding. Better to be safe than sorry.
Someone emailed me this the other day as they were getting ready for the hurricane…
How is to live for days without electricity???? Just curious. lol
Have you heard of “Go Bags”? We keep them as do many many people down here in Mexico. Maybe living in a foreign county helps us not to sit back and take anything for granted. The kids actually had fun packing them. We keep them in a convenient spot, ready to grab and go.
They looked a little concerned when we first packed them. Here’s the deal- we keep first aid kits in the car and in the house, we keep a spare tire and compressor in the car, we keep candles around. Why? So that if something does happen we are prepared to deal with it. Is that scary? Nope. Actually it helps to alleviate fear.
Maybe you are interested in packing one too.
ANYWAY… hope this next week is not as eventful.
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