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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I cannot watch the news today.
I overdosed on the Boston Marathon news yesterday.
Last night the firehouse sirens echoed in my area (from miles away)
and I could not get back to sleep.
Right now I am dying for ice cream,
but I will stick to my apples and peanut butter.
I am still amazed at how many people can obsess about yesterday’s tragedy
yet make no backup, in case of emergency.
What to do, where to go, who to call,
what to do if you cannot reach that person, or even basic first aid.
And never mind the slim odds of being in THAT type of tragedy…
there are plenty of EVERYDAY situations where you need a PLAN B.
I remember not being able to contact people on 9/11….
What do you do when you cannot reach that person?
Or when your cell phone won’t work.
Even in the home, a lot of people need to be taught what to do in the event of a fire, or someone going unconscious, or basic everyday emergencies.
And if you have kids…would they know what to do?

And I do not like crowd events.
But listening to the TODAY program,
they had a guest speaker who offered sound advice.
Stay away from trash cans, containers, glass,
stand near brick walls if possible, know a way in and a way out.
Be aware of what is going on around you and Have a plan of action.
Live in the real world.

IT IS a different world since 9/11…that’s life.
In today’s world you need to be smart about how you use your technology, how you travel, info you share about yourself, info you publicly reveal (stuff that may have personal info embedded in it), and what people are capable of doing. People need to know how to handle things, before…during…and afterwards, so that you can prevent or deal with problems.
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