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“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining"...John F. Kennedy

We may not experience another Hurricane Harvey or Winter Storm Uri freeze in our lifetimes.  As we mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of a pandemic, we also pray that we never experience another COVID-19 type event.  However, given the tremendous impacts of such events, we know that individual and community comprehensive preparedness is essential.  While we cannot prevent certain events, we can certainly mitigate their impact, facilitate our response and enhance our recovery.

John F. Kennedy is quoted as saying, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”  The time for personal, household and community preparedness is now. While recent events are relatively fresh in our minds and most needed items are readily available, we should assess our potential needs and address them comprehensively.  Many of us are familiar with the attached Ready Harris list. To this list, we may want to add items unique to us in addition to:

Water Filter Kit(s)

“Camp” Stove & Fuel

Body Wipes

Power Banks/Wireless Chargers

Power Inverter

Human suffering and property damage or loss are not completely unavoidable, but they can be reduced, in many cases.  We can encourage our leaders to protect our community by enhancing our infrastructure through winterization, flood mitigation, pandemic planning and more comprehensive emergency planning.  Of course, household needs are very individual.  For example, if internet access is essential for you, you may consider a hotspot. If there are medical needs, relocation plans may be needed.   Please review the impact of past and recent events on you and your community.  We can help ourselves and our neighbors by identifying needs – from supplies, to volunteer manpower to improved utility systems and “repairing the roof.” 


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