Do you remember where you were on March 24 & 25?
Do you even remember what happened on those days? It was less than 6 weeks ago and I still see reminders of that event as I drive around the Barrie community and Simcoe County today. The biggest reminder is all the trees we lost, but I wonder sometimes if individual families are still recovering.
I know that there were families who were without power for up to 10 days, and even longer in certain areas. I know there were vulnerable people stranded inside their homes for 3 or 4 days, relying on the kindness of neighbours and strangers. Was everyone ‘prepared’ for such a devastating weather event? Even though we talk about it from time to time, I know my family wasn’t prepared. We were lucky to have power back on after only 14 hours and we didn’t have live power lines down in front of our home. Every time we hear about an impending tornado or ice storm we discuss gathering items ‘just in case’, but we never actually do it. Not very smart.
This week is National Emergency Preparedness Week, and there are activities taking place all throughout the May 1-7 time period. One of the easiest things you can do is put together an emergency kit and place it in a safe place. First aid items, a supply of essential prescriptions, non-perishable food, water, batteries, radio, blankets…why not have a look at the website and plan ahead? You never know when it might come in handy!
We always welcome your comments and feedback. You can reach John Weber at John@JohnWeberTeam.com or on his cell at 705-727-6111. You can reach Christie Bond at Christie@JohnWeberTeam.com or by cell at 705-220-1152.