Is your family disaster ready?

for the future, Nonfiction, prepping, Uncategorized

The warning sirens just went off in Madison. Now today was a drill but I had to look it up to be sure because I knew it was at 11am and knew it was Wednesdays but I always think it’s the first Wednesday but nope it’s the second Wednesday at 11am. So no real threat today. Whew!

But then I realized—as a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, etc.–what would you do if the sirens had gone off and it wasn’t a drill? Do you know where the school would take your loved ones for you to pick up? Do you have a full tank of gas–right now? Do you have anything prepared so that you could jump into your car and take off from home and be prepared to not come back for several days, or a week or more? What’s the plan for your pets if you have to leave? Does your extended family have a planned meeting place that everyone knows about? What is the plan if someone doesn’t arrive? I’d be curious to know how many of us are ready for a real disaster?

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An Appeal from One Woman to Another-Be the Voice of Reason!

civil rights, parenting, politics

As a woman, a mother, stepmom, and a grandmother I would like to appeal to all women everywhere. It’s time that each of us step up as the voice of reason within our own families and circle of friends. Our husbands, boyfriends, brothers, nephews, our sons and stepsons, grandsons, and great grandsons are killing and are being killed in alarming numbers.

There is fault on all sides and I’m not going to debate that here.

I’m appealing to each and every woman in America, and all over the world to step forward and be the change I know that each of you want to see in our world.

There is no longer a reason to fear the war overseas for the war has already begun and it’s right in our own neighborhoods. If you want to help ensure that your loved ones regardless of their skin color, sexual orientation, or political affiliation come home safely, there is one thing you can do that will make a difference if we ALL STAND TOGETHER.

Talk to your family! Sit down with your family, those people who are dear to you, the people you love so completely, the children and friends that you would cry for if they were to be caught up and killed in this war that has begun in our country.

Talk to them about the importance of forgiveness, love, and peace. Talk to them about why it’s so important to you that they choose to turn the other cheek when situations arise in this world that give rise to anger and hatred. This is not to say there are not people in this world who already advocate peace because of course there are. But as women we know that many of us, many of our family and friends are quick to anger, quick to step up to defend and protect, quick to spread hate and gossip rather than “talk”.

It is way past TIME my human sisters. The turning point is here for our country. The point where we will either continue to spread hatred and condone killing based on fear and anger or we will say enough is enough.

We as women must stand together as wives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, nieces, sisters. We must stand together and encourage, nay we must plead on hands and knees if need be, for our families, and especially our men and sons to stand with us AGAINST all of the violence and hatred that is threatening to consume this world.

We cannot begin to make change in our neighborhoods or the world until we make changes in our own families.

We as women have stood united in the past and won on many fronts. I beg of you my human sisters, be the peacemakers and the voice of reason within your own family and friends. If we stand united in just this ONE TASK, We can reach everyone and turn the tide to save the lives of our loved ones.

Is your family disaster ready?

postaday2011, prepping

The warning sirens went off one day last year in my hometown. My first thought–oh nevermind it’s Wednesday.  I knew the regular siren testing was at 11am and knew it was Wednesdays. But wait…it was the 9th–but now to be sure I have to look at the calendar.

Then I have to check the county emergency website just to confirm the schedule. I always think the testing is the first Wednesday but nope it’s the second Wednesday at 11am.  So no real threat that day. Whew!

But suddenly I realized—as a parent or grandparent, aunt or uncle, etc.–what would you do if the sirens had gone off and it wasn’t a drill? It took me at least ten minutes to check to confirm it was a drill–would I want to waste those precious minutes if it had not been a drill?

Do you know without a doubt what the testing schedule is for your community?

Do you know where the school would take your loved ones for you to pick up?

Do you have a full tank of gas so you could get to them without needing to stop at a crowded gas station–right now?

Do you have anything prepared so that you could jump into your car and take off from home and be prepared to not come back at all for several days, or a week or more?

What’s the plan for your pets if you have to leave?

Does your immediate and extended family have a planned meeting place that everyone knows about?

What is the plan if someone doesn’t arrive? I’d be curious to know how many of us are ready for a real disaster?