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Dec 18
Douglas Bush

Do you want to learn or be taught?

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Phrases like “think ahead and plan ahead “have a similarity to them.  I think that they are meaning be prepared, be ready and expect the unexpected.    

When it comes to emergency planning most people consciously or subconsciously think of the fear factor.   Is it the word “emergency” which frightens them?  Or, is it that they want to learn about emergency preparedness but they don’t want to be taught?  Which is it?

A noted scholar, Sophocles once said “the greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves."  Can these unfortunate circumstances in our lives be avoided?  Maybe. 

Recent blogs by Jon McHatton (The Best is Yet to Come) and Mike Marshall (Pain or Gain?) suggests that some of life’s mishaps may not be able to be avoided thereby one may experience the darkness  or the pain.  However, one will eventually recover and possibly this individual will be a better person as a result of his tribulations.   Isn’t the same true for emergency planning? 

Plan for the unexpected so that when an emergency does strike and it will, you and your family are prepared.  Your preparedness will eliminate or even lessen the pain and grief that you would otherwise experience.   How one prepares for emergencies is really up to the individual and will vary by geographical location.  But, you must learn to think ahead of any unforeseen circumstances. 

With some 5 years of emergency planning and experiencing first hand a Category 5 hurricane, I have come to the conclusion that it is about eliminating or lessening the pain.  I wasn’t prepared as I should have been but I did eventually recover.  And now, I’am sharing with you what it takes to be prepared with Family Information Readiness Manager.   

Douglas Bush

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