Lately we have been deluged with reports of the impacts of natural disasters throughout North America. There is an underlying common thread of "who is to blame?" for this tragedy in all I read and hear.
In this age where information is available to everyone the moment it happens, there is no room for assigning blame. We need to avail ourselves of relevant information and make decisions based on our personal circumstances.
We have to assess the hazards that we are at risk of experiencing, do what we can to reduce impacts and make a plan should there be an occurrence. Having recently experienced the loss of a loved one, I can assure you there is no comfort found in having someone to blame. Solace is found by reducing the damage, preventing the loss and surviving the storm.
We don't wait for the arrival of a firefighter to leave a burning building nor should we expect directions to evacuate if we are in the path of flood waters, a hurricane or tsunami. It is idyllic to believe that the government or some agency is responsible for our personal safety or peace of mind; however, we have to rely on our own instincts, intuition and common sense.
In the wake of recent events, it is time to assess your situation, bridge any gaps in your plan and prepare yourself for the future.
The only thing harder than preparing for an emergency is explaining why you didn't.
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