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March 2012 tornado coverage

March 3, 2013

Preparation the key to survival in disaster situations

HENRYVILLE — A tornado like the one that destroyed homes and businesses in Henryville, Marysville and other parts of Southern Indiana probably won’t happen here again in our lifetime. The odds say so. 

But if it’s not one thing, it could be another. If not a tornado, then what about a flood? Maybe an earthquake? Or perhaps something a bit more personal, like a fire or a lightning strike? 

One thing that unites most of us is a desire to be in control of the situation in which we find ourselves. But things happen. Life is filled with chaos, a roller coaster journey of good times and bad. We don’t have control over when things like what happened on March 2, 2012, take place. All we can do is hope for the best. But it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for when disaster strikes. 

I’m not talking about survivalism or the extreme measures undertaken by “preppers.” There are common-sense things you can do and items everyone should have in their homes, just in case. 

 

COMMIT TO A PLAN

If something can go wrong, it probably will. We all just hope it happens to someone else. But should an emergency arise, it’s good to know what you’ll do when it comes. 

Gather up the members of your household and discuss what will happen in case of a fire, tornado or other emergency. In grade school, they make the kids know where the nearest exits are in case of a fire, and teach them to get to an interior wall during a tornado. The same drills at home might seem a little excessive, but having a basic plan in place is just common sense. 

In today’s world, help will likely be on the way sooner rather than ever. But it’s only common sense to plan on making it on your own for a short period of time.

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