Be prepared for the next disaster

By Morf Morford
Tacoma Daily Index

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we don’t have hurricanes or serious tornadoes, but we do have other potential natural threats and catastrophes – and several flood-prone areas.

We would still be wise to learn some survival and preservation strategies from other parts of the country.

The always level-headed Consumer Reports magazine has a set of guidelines for taking care of yourself and your property here – https://www.consumerreports.org/emergency-preparedness/what-to-do-to-your-home-before-evacuating/.

Power outages can happen almost any time – but they  tend to hit when their impact is the greatest.

As winter approaches, it might be good to review some tips on how to respond to – and prepare for – all kinds of disasters from earthquakes to nuclear attacks. Here is a collection of tips to help you in almost any crisis – https://www.ready.gov/.

No matter what you want to call it, the weather is changing. Serious storms are more extreme and more frequent, fire seasons begin earlier and last longer than ever before – and fires burn hotter and reach into residential and developed areas far more than they used to.

The default position for most of is inertia – the belief that it won’t happen to us or that there is nothing we could do about it anyway.

Take a few simple steps today. Put together a survival bag of some non-perishable foods, some basic tools and a list of your most important contacts. You’ll be glad you did.

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