Saturday, August 08, 2020



As 2011 unfolds, we are reminded that foul weather warnings/watches will soon be upon us.  So Ready or Not, it is coming.

If your family is prepared, I suggest that you double check your emergency supplies.  Check for expiry dates on medicines, food supplies, etc.  Make sure your flashlights and portable radios are operational.  I remind you to make sure your child’s school has up to date emergency contact information; remind your child of alternative arrangements that you have made in case an emergency prevents you from being at home.  This won’t take long.

For those of you who are not prepared, the time is Now.  Agree? Preparation starts at home.

Jan 31
Douglas Bush

Weather or not, we should know.

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From time to time, we have heard weather reports which mention words like advisory, warning and watch.  Do you know what it means?

Based upon scientific evidence and probabilities, these three levels of definitions have been developed to assist the public in evaluating the dangers of a weather front.  Here are some practical interpretations.

1)     Advisory

A bright blue sky, kids are playing with their friends in the backyard, your family dog is having another heated discussion with the neighbor’s cat, while Mom and Dad are relaxing and having a chat with a glass of ice tea in hand.  Yes, back to normal for some. 

Is this how you want to recover from an emergency situation?  If so, then there are two sides to this equation: the physical and just as important, the mental preparation.

There is enough literature available today which talks about the physical preparation.  And yes, it is important to put in place those measures necessary to protect your family and the assets that you own.   However, what about one’s mental preparation?  Emotional disaster preparedness could be the missing component in any emergency plan. Agree?

Jul 08
Douglas Bush

Chicken Soup for Emergency Planning

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Each month I spend a considerable amount of time reading about emergency preparedness.  Of interest are new products, methodology, psychology, companies in the market place, etc.  I refer to it as my general knowledge. 

Many years ago, two university professors did an experiment on Group Intervention in Emergency Situations.  The purpose of the experiment was to determine what makes an individual or individuals in a group decide to intervene in assisting in an emergency situation.  The following are there observations.

Before an individual can decide to intervene in an emergency, he must take several preliminary steps:-

Jun 08
Douglas Bush

Happy Ending to a Terrible Disease

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In March I wrote about my nephew’s firsthand account of his experiences during the earthquake in Chile.  The saga for the Chilean people continues. 

This blog entry is to tell the readers that Derek in his unselfish wisdom set out to help those most affected by the earthquake.  Travelling from the capital city of Santiago, he went into the countryside.  This is where he thought he could be of most benefit.  He restored water and electricity to farm houses, patched windows and doors from the outside elements, fed the livestock because the farmer was not physically capable, and so on.  As he said, it was a list of “odd-jobs”.

After a month of helping those less fortunate and still eager to go on, Derek contacted bacterial meningitis.  A terrible disease for anyone especially, the young.  How he got it and where he got it, he nor the doctors aren’t sure.   The prognosis was not good and family anxiety soon set in. 

With a cup of coffee in one hand and the morning newspaper neatly displayed on the kitchen table this morning, I begin to riffle through the pages with my right hand.  A morning ritual in this household.  When all of a sudden I see this heading “Volcano tourism on the rise”.  You have to be kidding!

Several tour operators are offering packages to visit, tour and bare witness to a live and very active volcano.   The article goes onto say “you might want to exercise caution.”  You think?

Their idea of caution (no kidding) or preventing harm to visitors is to park their vehicles in a spot for a quick getaway and they go onto say that in case of rock explosions people are encouraged to take shelter under their vehicles.  Now, let’s stop and think about this for a moment.  A road up to a “new” volcanic lookout sounds like a single lane road to me so if we all park for a quick getaway there has to be a traffic jam somewhere.  And hiding under your car waiting for “hot” rock debris to hit the car which is probably filled with gas. Hmmh!  Does this interest any of the blog readers?