Don’t Fool with Mother Nature
Posted by Jo Robertson Oct 29 2012, 11:58 pm
Remember that old commercial for Chiffon Margarine? The one that says, “it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”?
It seems Mother Nature has been giving all of us puny mortals a run for our money lately. And now Frankenstorm Sandy is bearing down on the east coast with all the fury of a woman scorned.
I grew up in Virginia and remember well the frightening hurricane Hazel. I’d never seen or been in a storm like that before. Of course, we lost power, but more scary to me was when the power line in our driveway snapped and began whipping across our yard like some manic electrical cord.
Another storm I remember was when my family was at sea crossing the Atlantic from Europe. It was Christmas and I remember being dressed as an angel and watching the tables where we held the holiday celebration slide crazily across the floor. I’m sure those are battened down now, or maybe that was how fierce the storm was.
I remember that my mother cheered us up by telling us that Santa lost his pants. He did, but I think he had more important things on his mind.
In California we’re prone to earthquakes and fires. I’ve always thought I’d prefer those disasters to the hurricanes, tornados and flooding in other parts of the world.
My daughter and her family are in New Jersey gearing up for Sandy’s hit, but they’re well prepared. It made me think how many of us prepare for emergencies like we should. Do we have medical kits, a supply of clean water, storageable food? Flashlights, batteries, a generator, if applicable? Necessary medications? Something to entertain the kiddies (my daughter’s favorite part – NOT!).
What do you do to prepare for an emergency situation? Have you been in any tricky predicaments during your lifetime? How did you handle the event?
Sending extra protecting thoughts to our friends in the east and wishing you safety.
New York Subway photo courtesy of news.yahoo.com
Earthquake in Chile Courtesy of serc.carleton.edu