Convention of Statesmen


Evacauted . . . what would I save?

Utah's on fire. There's no other way to say it, it simply is. About 45 miles south of our charming city the fire is encroaching and causing evacuation of city after city. As the Salt Creek fire grows closer and closer:

"So far, more than 18,000 acres are burned, and this morning, the blaze is about 15 percent contained. More than 100 homes and structures are still threatened, and several small towns have been evacuated. Officials estimate the cost to fight the fire is nearing one million dollars.

"A specialized, highly-trained federal firefighting crew is now in Utah to help battle the Salt Creek fire. They've set up base camp at Juab High School in Nephi. The area almost looks like a popular vacation spot, with tents, bathrooms and caterers on the scene. It's rib-eye for dinner and a dry place for firefighters to rest their eyes. It's all for the men and women fighting the Salt Creek fire, which continues to burn, near Nephi, threatening homes and power lines."

Over the last few days, while my mind was occupied with Harry Potter and a myriad of other things, I have been contemplating; What would I take with me if I had to evacuate?

1. 72-Hour kit which would include: Alvin's medication, First-Aid kit, water, toothbrushes, toothepaste, Oil of Olay Regerenist Wet Wipes, Wet Wipes, lotion, moisturizer, portable, food.

2. Scriptures, books, games

3. Sleeping Bags and pillows

4. Pictures, wedding albums, etc.

5. I'm packing a suitcase, as soon as I'm done blogging, with clothing for one week.

6. External Hard Drives with all my electronic data and laptop

7. Cases of home canned chili beans, stew, fruit, vegetables, etc.
I can't think of anything else right off the top of my head. But I know that this is a very serious situation. Over the last few months I have been attending, because of a job offer, numerous Emergency Management, Disaster Preparedness and Homeland Security seminars. What I have learned, much to my dismay, is that the citizenry is woefully unprepared.

When a natural disaster such as fire, flood, earthquake, or unnatural disasters such as acts of war occur, a city's only priority is to re-establish the infrastructure. So if you are lying bleeding on the street, an ambulance will race right by you because the citizenry is not the priority. We are on our own. I remember asking someone from Rocky Mountain Power, "What happens to those individuals at home who have life support equipment, dialysis equipment, etc." She said to me, without even pausing, "They die." I learned that the citizenry must plan for up to six weeks without utilities or support.

So, I ask each of you reading this blog to look around at your family, your home and your circumstance . . . are you ready?

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