I'm sorry it has been so long since I last blogged! Just before Easter, while shopping for a dress, I took a fall in the department store. I don't know exactly how it happened but I jumped up from among the clothes racks and looked all around to see if anyone had seen me tumble like a clown. My left wrist was in terrible pain but I tried to shake it off. About that time, my husband came around from the men's section to check on what I had found. I had found nothing except the carpet...close up! He convinced me that a trip to the Urgent Care was necessary and after x-rays, no one there was sure if the wrist was broken or just badly sprained. Fortunately, a radiologist later saw it was badly sprained and needed to be kept in a brace for a couple weeks. During my recuperation, I decided to take a little time off from blogging. Typing is a lot tougher with just one working hand!
Speaking of accidents, I thought I would share my recent project. A friend of mine got me to thinking about Emergency/Disaster Preparedness. What would happen if there was no electricity, no medical care, no grocery shopping for a week? How about if there were none of these for 2 weeks? Its hard to imagine, but after the events of 9/11, we all can think of a scenario where some type of sickness or disaster could impede our day-to-day lives.
My friend, Myra, printed a copy of the LDS Preparedness Manual and gave it to me. While I am not LDS, this manual contains very useful and helpful information to help any individual or family make preparations for emergencies of every kind. I took the pages and placed them into plastic sheet protectors and inserted them into a large binder. The book has 222 pages and may only be sold at cost and is not offered for resale. The following are titles of some of the chapters in the manual:
Basic Food List
Surviving in the City
Emergency Heating and Coooking
Preparing for a Pandemic
Protecting Yourself from Terrorism
As you can see by this list, the manual is extremely thorough. I don't have nearly enough food, water and other items to be prepared but at least this book has given me some great ideas to get me started.
Myra also hosts a "Preparedness Group" that meets throughout the year. This group contains men and women who help each other learn information such as how you can grow and store your own food, how to grow and use herbs for health and nutrition, how to generate electricity and other resources and where to go if you have certain needs during emergency situations.
How prepared are you to face disaster? How are you and your family getting ready to take care of your needs during unexpected emergencies? I would highly recommend the LDS Preparedness Manual for your family library. Its a wonderful resource tool!