I actually write this post with a more somber heart. Lately, I have watched Oregon be hit with sad news. First, the small wreckage of one of my most favorite coastal towns: Manzanita. Second, the utter annihilation of a building on my most favorite street in Portland: 23rd Ave or Nob Hill. Third, the unresolved disappearance of a young hiker.
Through all of this I am reminded again of how precious life is and how each day our lives can dramatically change. So here are 5 things to do in preparation for the unexpected and some links for additional resources.
- Know what natural disasters are prevalent in your area. Listen to experts on how to best protect your assets from Mother Nature. But above all else; make sure you, those you love (including loved ones, friends and neighbors), and pets are out of harm’s way.
- Know how and where to shut off utilities in your home or place of business. Know the warning signs when something might feel off. Always follow procedure and/or policy and above all else make sure you and those around you are out of harm’s way.
- Know where important items are before an emergency, where to meet others and what to have on hand should the emergency disrupt normal life.
- Always tell others what your plans are should someone need to come searching for you. When traversing natural areas that might have more difficult or unsafe passages; always take along a friend. If one of you is hurt the other can find help.
- Above all else—NEVER let a day pass by where you don’t tell people you love them because today might be the last chance you get.
Please understand how much I love each of you as readers. I pray that everyone will continue to be safe and never in harm’s way.