Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category

Dear Abby*

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Her Heroes Come From Everywhere   Dear Abby: A while back you asked your readers to name their heroes.  May I contribute? My heroes are nameless, often faceless and in most cases unsung.  They will never have their 15 minutes of fame.  Their deeds will not be recorded in history books, but their kindness inspires and their deeds will forever affect the lives of others, though they may not realize it. My heroes are parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, foster parents, teachers, playground monitors, and crossing guards who teach others to have values, common sense, and to be ethical in their treatment of others.  My heroes are young girls who spend a year grooming and conditioning their hair, then cut it off so it may be given to a child who has none; those who pick-up trash along the highways and byways to keep America clean; police officers who stop

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When the Unthinkable Happens

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A few years ago, when I was gathering information for my website, www.heavenforbid.org, I was introduced through an acquaintance, to a woman who earlier in her life had lived through a parent’s worst nightmare, the kidnaping of her child.  Mary Johnson (Fictitious name) and her 18 month-old daughter lived in a region northeast of the San Francisco Bay, known more for it’s vast vineyards, then violent crime. For almost three hours, Mary was gracious enough to share her horror, talk about police involvement, and what she and a friend personally did to secure the release of her daughter and send the perpetrator to prison. According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), approximately 800,000 to 900,000 children are reported missing annually.  These figures may be somewhat misleading, most people do not call back when there child returns, or perhaps, even more sadly,

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Emergency Preparedness

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Once again, Mother Nature has unleashed her wrath of destruction on the seemingly peaceful and unassuming.  As whirlwind tornadoes touch down indiscriminately throughout our nation, the devastation is nothing short of deadening all in their paths.  With no rhyme or reason, office buildings that were once vibrant, homes that overflowed with love for family and friends, and the saddest, the loss or displacement of lives caught in the deadly swarm of “Twisters” may never recover. Across our country, peaceful rivers and streams crest, thus flooding those in nearby communities and cites.  Hurricanes viciously attack our Southern States, earthquakes shake, rattle, and roll throughout our Western States, and forests simply turn into infernos, almost at will.  It is a known fact, we as a nation, will feel the impact directly or indirectly of the disabling destruction attributed to Acts of Nature. Yet armed with this knowledge, we as a people, refuse

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