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Reflections Of Sandy... In Los Angeles

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It has been over 2 weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast.  Out of sight, out of mind right?  Not exactly... there are still thousands of people without power.  Being an Emergency Preparedness Expert, I deal with preparedness on a daily basis.  I am constantly asking my clients if they are prepared...  I get the same response.... "Well, I have a few things like a flashlight in the kitchen drawer" or I have a kit in my car... and they think that is enough.

No one really stops to think about the question, "What if a "Sandy" happened here in Los Angeles?"  True, it isn't likely that we will get hit with a hurricane, but the possibility of an earthquake is very real.  And no matter what the disaster, the end result will be the same.  No water, no power, and unimaginable amounts of destruction.

The victims of Sandy are dealing with things they never imagined.  Big things like where will they live, buying a new car, getting their kids back at school, etc. and little things like washing their clothes or even just taking a bath and washing their hair.  It is a HUGE spectrum of things that these people are still going thru. 

It is not something that we want to think about on a daily basis.  I don't blame you.  Who wants to think about disasters every day?  I am not suggesting that you obsess about the possibility of an impending earthquake.... I AM suggesting however that you understand that it is not a matter of if....but when.  And when it does happen....will you be prepared?  Will you be able to survive in your home for at least 2 weeks without water or power?  How will you take care of your family.

Getting prepared can seem very overwhelming.  If you follow the steps below you will definitely be ahead of the game and in the event of an emergency you will be prepared!

  1. Always remain calm.
  2. Keep an Emergency Kit in your home and in your car.
  3. Have an emergency preparedness plan.  Once you make a plan DO NOT CHANGE IT.  Make sure your nannies and babysitters also know the plan.
  4. Keep all of your important papers in one place.
  5. Have an out of state contact.
  6. Always have at least ½ tank of gas in your car.
  7. Keep an extra pair of tennis shoes and flashlight under your bed and in your car.
  8. Keep a comfortable amount of cash on hand in small bills.
  9. Know where the emergency shelters in your area are.
  10. Make sure you have an extra month of medication on hand.
  11. If you have pets, make sure to prepare for them too.  They are also a big part of your family.

My motto is... We cannot predict, but we CAN prepare.  It only takes a couple of hours to get prepared and in my opinion.... a tiny bit of time .... to have Peace of Mind.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.... take a moment to be thankful that you and your family are healthy and safe...

Until next month

Take Care and Be Prepared

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