I have to admit I thought it was pretty cool to be walking on a sidewalk I walked on thousands of times in my youth, because this time it was flooded. This time I walked this same sidewalk in mid-calf deep water.
My parents however didn’t think the major Wisconsin flooding in the summer of 2008 was so cool. Their basement flooded with thigh-high water, ruining their washer and dryer, their furnace, their food storage, clothing, furniture, and other things that they stowed in their unfinished cement basement.
My hometown was completely flooded. The High School football field was completely underwater. The Main Street was practically closed the next day, even though a weekday, with small business pumping water out of their basements. Roads, like the one I lived on, were closed and blocked off to traffic so cars wouldn’t stall when they got to the lowest point of the road, which was right in front of our house.
I thought this natural disaster was amazing. The power and brutality of water reeking its force in my hometown, and coincidentally during the one week I was home from college that summer, visiting with my then boyfriend, now husband.
I was elated we picked that week to go home so I could experience this firsthand. It likely wouldn’t happen again. It’s hard to imagine having water freely flowing like rivers on both sides of your house. But, because I was there I didn’t have to imagine.
2015 Flooding in San Marcos, TX
However, the flooding we experienced in my hometown is nothing compared to the horrendous flooding San Marcos, TX (where we live now) has experienced twice this year.
People died because of the flash flooding that occurred over Memorial Day 2015. People’s homes and vehicles were literally swept away down the Blanco River. Flooring, dry walls, furniture, clothing, and precious heirlooms and memories were lost. People found themselves displaced out of their homes for weeks or months.
And then it happened again over Halloween weekend, but this time both the Blanco River and the San Marcos Rivers flooded. Even more people were affected, some affected again, right after they just got done repairing their homes after the first 100-Year flood over Memorial Day.
Driving around town you see the aftermath of these floods. You see the piles of damaged Sheetrock, carpeting, wood, beds, and furniture waiting for pick up by the City.
You see moss, algae, trash, and branches stuck up high in trees, several feet above your own head, as well as debris entwined in fences.
You see rocks, bent grass, and roots of great big trees that were once standing tall near the rivers.
You realize water’s force when roads and bridges are no longer intact or driveable.
And it’s heartbreaking. All of it. Although awe-worthy, the flooding is devastating. Seeing its traces around town, I feel the sense of loss and chaos it brought so many in my community.
Which is why I am grateful for this new all-in-one online course about disaster prep. I grew up in a family where my mother kept food storage as well as extra toiletries and amenities in case of a disaster or need. We attended (and still attend) a church that places great emphasis on the need to be prepared for disasters and emergencies, instructing members to make and maintain 72-Hour Kits and work up to a year’s worth of food storage.
But, as a young married adult, with four small children, a husband still earning degrees, living in an apartment, we haven’t invested resources into stockpiling that much food or even putting together 72-Hour kits!
Considering how close we’ve been to disaster, it’s pretty stupid that we don’t have these kits.
Part of the problem is we don’t know where to begin. We aren’t sure how to do it, and do it right, or the smartest (and hopefully most frugal) way to put together 72 Hour Kits or otherwise prepare for emergencies.
And that is why I am so excited to promote a brand new Kickstarter – Distaster Prep Made Practical: Your Personal Lifetime Mentor.
Watching the Kickstarter video about their unbiased, practical resource is inspiring me to get my act together. It’s also totally selling me on their thoroughly researched, compact, and readily available information that I can refer to again and again.
I like that this class will be available forever, allowing me to learn and implement different techniques and resources when we are ready to do so, and with the best information on the subject. No searching and reading hundreds of posts trying to makes heads and tails of it all.
Since this KickStarter just started yesterday evening there are still Early Bird discounted rewards available and they are super affordable. Please support them: you’ll really just be supporting yourself and your family for the future.
Because sometime a thunderstorm and lots of rain are much more devastating than you ever imagined.
Have you been affected by natural disasters before? How have you prepared? Does this online course sound like something that would benefit you?
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