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There has been terrible disaster lately, floods, tornadoes and the like. Many people living in the affected areas were caught unprepared. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) steps in to help but by then, it's too late. In their defense, FEMA does have ads telling us what to do to prepare for a disaster. So does the Red Cross. Problem is that we ignore the ads. 
 
I have a simple suggestion to help. People need to experience a disaster to understand and learn what to do. Now the First Responders, police, firemen, Army, etc., do simulated disaster practice. They learn what to do and do it automatically. The rest of us do not have any of that. At most, we get fire drills in school or at work.

So, why not run a practice for all America. What if the electricity was turned off for twenty four hours? We would then find out how unprepared we are.

I pick electricity because we turn it on or off. We are unable to turn on earthquakes, hurricanes, or that sort of thing. Another thing about electricity is that our lives run on it. Just about everything we do uses electricity: phones, homes, street lights, water, stoves, can openers.

Fortunately, some places already have this test. Towns with above-ground electric poles see them get knocked down in storms. Those residents are already prepared with camping equipment or gas-powered generators. 

Big cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, will find out how prepared they are. How many fifty story skyscrapers have back-up batteries so that elevators filled with people can return to the first floor?

I remember when we had a fire in our company's building. A contractor burst a gas line and it erupted into flames. Some years before, the company built private offices where there used to be large open space. Because the office had closed doors, many employees could not hear the fire alarms. Fortunately one person came out of their office, saw the black smoke, and banged on all the doors. We learned the hard way to put fire alarms in each office. 

Hurricane season is just around the corner. Don't wait until an actual disaster to learn what to do for yourself.

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