Emergency Preparedness, Jan 2003
The holidays will soon be over and a new year upon us. Some people look to the new year with trepidation, as the economy wobbles and talk of war dominates the headlines. Other people look to the new year as a new beginning with new opportunities.
It was reported recently that a group of researchers investigated the roots of happiness; what makes some people happy despite experiencing difficulties. They found that the key factor appeared to be that happy people expect positive outcomes. They examine negative assumptions, enjoy positive experiences and limit the desire to have more. So, on that note I encourage one and all to look ahead to 2003 as an opportunity. Perhaps you want to get in better physical condition, or learn how to do e-mail and surf the web, make some new friends, learn a new skill, or find a new way to contribute to your community.
The staff of PSRC is looking forward to the reopening of the Suzanne Patterson Center soon so that we can help you connect with these opportunities. As I write, the sheetrock is being finished and painting will start next week. Watch for more news!
Susan W. Hoskins LCSW
January is often a time of nasty snowy and icy weather. This is a good time to make sure that you have an Emergency Supply Kit on hand. The American Red Cross has excellent pamphlets with extensive lists of what you might need, but here are some basics to have on hand for a 2-3 day emergency:
- One gallon of water per day per person
- Food: a variety of ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables that don’t require cooking. Peanut butter, granola bars and nutrition bars are good. Add a few of your favorite foods for comfort. Remember tea or coffee if you drink it.
- Vitamins and medications
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Battery operated radio and extra batteries.
- Warm blankets or sleeping bag.
The first defense is not to allow your supplies to get down to the very bottom before you re-supply. The second is to know you municipality’s emergency notification system, both by electronic media and back up if the electricity goes out. It would also be helpful to make a list of essential things you would need to take if you had to seek shelter outside your own home. Put this in your kit as well as a list of important family phone numbers. We in New Jersey rarely have to face such situations, as do those in areas prone to hurricanes, tornados and earthquakes, but the basics of preparedness apply in all these situations.
Be prepared and then sit back and enjoy the quiet beauty of the snow.
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