Sunday, January 9, 2011


Among my neighbors are several hundred who recently were forced to evacuate their homes on very short notice by a set of circumstances few would have anticipated. Others chose to shelter in place and take defensive action, while others found themselves isolated wherever they happened to be by road closures which remained in place for many hours. Those same closures left some who had been away, cut off from family members and vital resources, and unable to return; all of this in an area where cell phone coverage is spotty at the best of times, and where a major power outage had occurred just hours before.
This series of “cascading contingencies” should remind us all of the importance of having a comprehensive family emergency plan, making our homes resource centers, keeping our evacuation kits up to date, and furnishing our vehicles with such necessities as will provide a level of security and comfort when we can’t get home.

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