Life is exciting. It is an amazing thrill ride. Sometimes it can feel like a roller-coaster. Up! Down! Up-Side-Down! The disasters we face can be big or small. They all have one thing in common. They disrupt our lives, cause chaos, and unexpected challenges. Disaster have many faces. They can be natural or personal in nature. How can you become your own Master of Disaster? Planning and Preparation will minimize the impact of disasters you may face. Your ability to recover from disaster is directly connected to how well prepared you are. I’m not saying that you will not feel pain, loss, or sadness. What I am saying is that …..
Are you ready for the rescue? It is a steamy hot summer day. You are sweating just walking from your car to the store. As you walk through the parking lot you see a baby, small child or pet left in a hot car all alone. The doors are locked. The windows are up. You know that the temperature in the car is climbing rapidly, and will easily exceed 120 degrees very quickly. What do you do? Time is of the essence. You call 911, but, you know it will be some time before the first responders are on the scene. You look through the window, the child is red …..
Since when is it okay to interfere with first responders to film a story? When is it okay to make no effort to help someone in need because you are trying to film the accident or assault? When did we stop asking what we can do to help the situation instead of what’s in it for me? So many seem to be focused on their 15 minutes of fame. It is a sad commentary on the state of the human race. When did we stop caring for each other? When did we stop trying to help when we see someone in danger? When did it become okay to …..
The greatest generation, now in their 80’s and 90’s is facing another challenge. They bow out on their final curtain call 1000’s every day. They are our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and even great-great-grandparents. They birthed the Baby Boom. They raised us to believe in a better world because of their sacrifice. They worked hard, loved deeply, laughed, cried, prayed that their children would have it easier and better than they had. They have seen an explosion of technology and modern conveniences that boggle their minds. They now face their greatest challenge. Beyond the expectation of the infirmities of aging. One thing they were not prepared for is Dementia and Alzheimer’s …..
Worry and Stress go hand in hand. You worry and that creates more stress which causes more worry for more stress. How do you break the cycle? How do you let it go? It seems easier said than done. I’ve always lived by this simple rule. There are two things we worry about. First we worry about things we can’t control and second we worry about things we can. If you can’t control it don’t waste your time and energy about something you can’t do anything about or may never happen. If you can control it take the action necessary to address the issue stop worrying about it. …..
The 4th of July is Saturday. Everyone is preparing for the holiday. There will be Bar-B-Ques, reunions, fireworks, travel, vacations, sun, and lots of fun. While everyone is focused on the fun, I would like to offer some key planning tips to make sure that everyone has a safe outcome to the holiday weekend. 1- Road-trip Safety: Make sure your vehicle is ready for the drive. Check your tire pressure, coolant, AC, and fuel. Plan your route to your destination. Make reservations for ferry’s and hotels as they may be sold out for the holiday weekend. Have your car emergency kit, AAA or road service numbers, chargers for cell phones …..
Yesterday was Father’s Day a day to celebrate our Dads. I had the best dad one could ever have asked for. I was so lucky to have him until he was 90 years old. His enthusiasm for life is my daily inspiration. His death came unexpectedly in September of 2012. I miss him every day. This past 9 months I have been on an incredible journey inspired by his desire to help others deal with the challenging times of their lives. His roadmap for dealing with the big and little things that can go wrong is the foundation of The Crisis Planner. I have felt his presence every step of …..
I’m so excited. June 12th 2015 – I received the proof of my book today. That alone is special but it was extra special as today would have been my father’s 93rd birthday. This book was inspired by my wonderful dad and is a loving tribute to his legacy. I am feeling so blessed… An Introduction to “Shit Happens” Creating Your Plan to Survive and Thrive When Faced With Life’s Personal and Natural Disasters. Life, so amazing and so unpredictable. We greet each morning with great expectations, only to have the reality of life interrupt our plans. How do we expect the best, yet prepare for the unexpected? How do …..
Something to think about… It is not enough to have a plan for disaster. It IS about having the right plan in place prior to a disaster. Case in point – The river water was rising fast and the homeowner was forced to climb up onto his roof. While standing there in the rain and howling wind a man in a rowboat approached the homeowner and invited him to get into the boat. The man declined the offer responding, “The Lord will save me.” The man in the rowboat left to see if there was anyone else in need of rescue. The rain continued and the river kept rising and …..
The rain, showed no sign of stopping, It came in a deluge, Pounding on the roof, overflowing the gutters, Creating rivers on the roadways. 4:30 AM, dark and stormy, Braving the elements, I am driving my husband, To essential dialysis therapy. Visibility poor, The windshield wipers, thumping at full speed, I dodge the deep puddles, That line the roadway, I arrive at my destination, Down the hill to the entrance, The water flowing like a river, Collecting in a deep lake. The water nearly a foot deep, Blocks the doorway. A fountain erupts, from the drainage grate. I make a U-turn back up the hill. Up the hill, around the …..