Closer Than You Think
Have you ever watched a Christmas episode of one of your favorite shows during the summer?
No matter how well-done it is, it just feels wrong, especially when it’s hot and sunny outside.
To an extent, that’s how I feel writing this particular blog, because while everyone’s still enjoying Indian Summer I have to be the one to go all Game Of Thrones and remind you that some variation of “winter is coming.” Except in this case, it’s the heart of hurricane season, which often starts just about . . . now.
Thankfully I’m not the only one who’s got disasters on the brain, because September is FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.
It’s a month that focuses on all the ways that we can do a better job of planning for disasters like hurricanes now, so that if the worst happens, we won’t find ourselves behind the power curve later.
I strongly encourage you to access the month’s official web site, which includes a wide range of helpful written materials and PSA’s, here (https://www.ready.gov/september). More important, I urge you to take this year’s theme, “Prepared, Not Scared,” to heart, especially if you live in a coastal or island community.
Because even though there’s nothing we can do to prevent named storms or hurricanes from hitting, there’s a lot we can do to minimize their devastating effects.
A few extra precautions like making a plan, building a disaster kit and hosting safety drills really can make a huge difference. That’s why you’ll find me spending part of this beautiful month preparing for the worst – even though I’m hoping for the best. Can I count on you to join me?