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I'm Rambling...It Must be the Heat

Saturday, July 24, 2010

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I live in Jersey. Last night was the first time I've seen the National Weather Service interrupt TV Programming for a special weather alert warning of a SEVERE Tornado cutting across my area. They were advising people in the path not to go outside. If you hear a loud noise, get away from the windows and go to the basement.

A Loud the tristate area? Really? Are you kidding me?

And then there is the issue of seeking shelter away from windows and such. It brought back memories of a time when we practiced hiding under our wooden desks in the event of a nuclear attack. I lived in a 15 story New York City Housing Project at the time. Our 'attack shelter' was the hallway on each floor, complete with ‘shelter’ sign and all. I can remember official drills, in New York City, where they would turn the city sirens on, people would clear the streets and even traffic was supposed to come to a halt. Try that today.

So just for fun, I went to READY.GOV; FEMA's official disaster readiness plan website. You know the one with the advisory to have a "Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place ". And I would love to know how many people actually have a BASIC EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT. Even MOI, champion water drinker, doesn't have 3 gallons of drinking water sitting there waiting in case of an emergency. And most of the people don't even have enough containers or would think of filling the bathtub at the start of a real emergency. Hell…most people don’t even think about what they would do if they lost contact with each other and could not access phone service or the internet.

So on a much more mundane level….I think I need a BASIC EMERGENCY FOR A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE KIT. I have a small plastic container of almonds and raisins in my handbag. A container of bottled water in the car. A pair of sneakers in the car. A couple of wet napkin towelettes in the glove compartment. A small fanny pack with my pedometer, id, in case of emergency phone list, and $10. And of course… my cell phone.

They predict a brutally hot day. I took my walk. Going to try some toning now. And then I plan to just make some sun tea and read ‘The Disappeared’…….
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    Funny! My mother was living in the Bronx in the 50s and she remembers the nuclear drills too. What a crazy time.

    Your emergency kit sounds great--I need to get one of those.

    Thanks for the well wishes on my trip, and yes, I'll go to Cadillac Mt. for sure! Jeneen
    2768 days ago

    Sometime in our area you are lucky to get to see 5 minutes of TV out of an hour all day due to the NWS issuing this watch and that watch and this warning and that warning. We also have a weather radio and it will be squawking like a goose. DeedleDeedleDeedleDeedleDeedle. Yak,yak,yak.

    Yes, the good old days when a sturdy wooden desk could keep you safe from radiation poisoning caused by a rudely-placed h-bomb. This has to be one of the silliest things they ever had us do.

    My grandma was in the worst tornado in history. It razed the place like an h-bomb occurrence. What interior walls? What windows? What houses? The people who went to their basements were buried alive and burnt to a crisp.

    But I can't complain. I'm a NOAA Storm Spotter and when you are headed for the basement I'm supposed to be headed outside, like Dorothy Gail, to measure the wind speed and hail size. Hopefully a house won't fall on me. I guess my storm spotting status makes me invisible.

    I do have the emergency supply kit though and my emergency plan which has me, machete in hand, clearing the jungle like Rambo.
    2769 days ago
  • GRAMMIE1959
    I have an Aunt just like that..never fully in the picture! (she doesn't have a clue about life either, so mostly missing from photo ops and Life in general!)

    2769 days ago
    I loved the pic! It took me a minute to find the aunt but then I saw her and it really made me laugh!!

    We had something hit and destroy a trailer in a community 30 miles from here in southern NM a few days ago. The experts are still arguing whether it was a tornado or a microburst. Who cares, the wind hit and totally destroyed the home, which luckily had no one in it at the time. It happens in our area very very seldom, maybe once every several years. We are not in tornado area normally. Normally don't have destructive microbursts either if that's what they want to call it. Seems it has something to do with the direction the wind is traveling.
    2769 days ago
    The picture was great......even with my horrendous claustrophobia, I had to laugh when I found Aunt Telcia!!!

    You also triggered gradeschool memories of Disaster Drills. I specifically remember our 3rd grade teacher announcing them, followed by a stream of urine flowing toward my desk from the poor little girl who sat ahead of me. She was terrified and this was always her immediate response!!!!! Then we had to file down to the basement of the school (which I think was built in the late 1800s), where we all huddled together and tried to breath in the dank air. The restrooms were down there too and I really think their location led to all of the urinary tract problems I have had over the years. I was champion at holding it rather than having to go down to that scarey place!!! memories have taken a turn for the worse, so I will close.....
    2769 days ago
    Funny!! We heard there were tornado warnings for NYC. How about that for an emergency situation? What would people DO? We live in a modified mobile home, so we're basically toast if a tornado homes in on our place!

    Love the photo, though it took me WAY too long to see what was funny about it. When I finally got it, I shrieked and laughed!

    You and Morticia are just too funny today!!

    2769 days ago
    Live in Maryland and this is just too hot!! And you are right I don't have an emergency kit either.
    2769 days ago
  • FLAME42
    I do think we have grown to complacent, too many luxuries close at hand and always available. Luxuries like water, lights, food, and shelter, not gold, money, or jewels.
    Love your BASIC HEALTHY LIFESTYLE KIT idea!! You do plan ahead for success. Now if you could just find a kit to make the temps. and humidy more tolerable!
    2769 days ago
    I live in S.W.Ontario, Canada, and it's been 97 degrees here, with high humidity, making it feel like 110 in the shade, all week. We've had Tornado's touch down around the northern shores of Lake Ontario. And yes.. I remember those Tornado Drills, as a child too, living in Windsor, Ontario. (across the river from Detroit, Michigan.
    2769 days ago
  • TBONE13
    2769 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    When I lived in Georgia and worked with teen girls, we were required by the state to have our emergency supplies ready at all times. Enough food and water for each person for 3 days, food that did not need to be heated.

    It took quite a bit of planning to keep this up, the food and water had to be rotated since they all had best by dates. I know it's a good idea, but I don't think that many of us do it. I guess we are too comfortable to contemplate what we would do without basic services for several days.

    Glad to hear you got your walk in before the humidity hit today. Enjoy your book. I have to work a half day, but I did complete my WATP 30 min. Now I'm ready for my shower.

    By the way I couldn't find the soup recipe, but I didn't have a lot of time last night. I'll look for it again today.

    Enjoy your book. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2769 days ago
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