I thought it was a great article with a lot of details that will help families
talk and better prepare for future evacuations if one is ever needed. I plan on
sharing with my family. Thanks.
RE: mightymite @10:23---This article was from the MormonTimes
section of the DNews, so it obviously had an LDS "ward
preparedness"-twist to it.However, I think you misunderstand
multiple points from the article. The author wasn't "blaming" the
local LDS Church unit for being unprepared. To the contrary... she mentioned
that her ward had recently held a preparedness drill, developed emergency plans,
etc. Also, her efforts to deliniate where weak links and/or
communication breakdowns in their NEIGHBORHOOD organization existed, were not
directed at the church. I gathered from the article that *individual* people
(irrespective of the local ward, or anyone's religious affiliation) all
pitched in and got the job done-- neighbor to neighbor. They DID take personal
responsibility and did what needed doing... without hand-wringing or hesitation
while waiting for the church organization to kick-in gear.
If you were not ready to evacuate then don't use the church as a blame.
Take some personal responcibilty and don't wait for the church to dicate
what needs to be done, Good grief, have a little confidence to make your own
choices and decisions outside the church.
Block captains in our area distributed to each family (we will be accountable
for ALL families in our block area) 3 sheets of construction paper that were
laminated. We are to post these in a PROMINENT FRONT WINDOW or on the front door
to indicate our family's status in an emergency. Of course if the house
falls over and there is no window or door, that is another thing altogether.The laminated color sheets are 8 X 11 and are the same colors as traffic
lights.Displaying RED means please stop we need help!Displaying
YELLOW means nothing life threatening - please check on us later.Displaying GREEN means we're all good and accounted for.This idea
may be easier to read than sticky note.
Wendy, thank you SO much for putting your thoughts together, from which the rest
of us can learn.