Disasters don't take a day off, why should I?

Many people ask me about Peace of Mind Preparedness and how we can help them become disaster ready. We do so in many ways. We visit families with one-on-one-sessions, give presentations on preparedness to businesses/service organizations and we do special projects/contracts with partnering agencies with the intent of spreading the very important message of being ready before a disaster strikes. 

All fulfilling, and to be honest, fun for me. Some of you may know this about me, but the reason I started Peace of Mind Preparedness was to nuture two things I love – helping people and educating them to become prepared so that in the event of an emergency, our community is strong and we can lend a hand to each other. 

These past few months since the pandemic have reshaped my business, where my in person sessions quickly turned to Zoom yet I am grateful the interest and message could still be conveyed to my audiences.

While I thought Peace of Mind Preparedness might slow down due to the pandemic, I was mistaken. I became busier. Not only with Peace of Mind Prep, but my community. 

As Co-Captain of my CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), I also thought the pandemic would slow things down a bit, but I was mistaken again. For those of you who do not know what CERT is: (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers assistance to first responders during disaster situations when they need additional help, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks. If you have not checked out CERT in your community, I highly recommend it. Classes are offered year round and are free.

My team wanted more meetings and training. I was happy to oblige. Since the pandemic hit, we have been on several call outs including assistance with traffic control, radio drills, search and rescue and beach patrol to name a few.

There is that and my other volunteering which is with Carmel Neighbors where we continue to help at risk seniors during these trying times and now we are working on a  communication neighborhood program that would allow us to know each other better and be connected.

In between that, we like to stay on top of Disaster Preparedness with seminars (now Webinars) so we can give you the latest up to date information on what’s new. 

And there more, always more. Our lives. As I sit here writing this, my week ahead is another busy one with Zooms, training and the like.  There has been a lot of uncertainty and feeling unsettled these past few months.

As much as we all have had to distance from each other, during this pandemic, one thing is true for me. I have met so many fantastic people these past few months and am  grateful for these connections. I joke with everyone (but I mean it) that when this is over, my little small town will have parties where we can all meet in person and raise a glass in celebration – to this crazy thing called life. Cheers everyone! Keep smiling.