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As the new hurricane season is upon us, and it looks to be active,
please remind all your areas of some important factors:
First: be vigilant and prepare - Listen to authorities and heed their
warnings and advice. Prepare for departure and staying at home. Know
authorities and insurance folks won't get to you quickly. You may
have to be on your own for a week or more. Have food, water and basic
needs to repair your home like plastic tarp and duct tape. Remember
water can be stored in many things including your washing machine to
use for things like flushing toilets and personal washing. Have lots
of batteries on hand and working flashlights. Candles cause fires...
Have enough propane for your stoves and cook outside. Have a box of
emergency needs you can quickly throw in the car. Remember your pets;
even place a detachable/break-away collar with identification on
them. Secure all-important documents and have copies given to trusted
family members. CALL your insurance immediately to get on the list if
you have damage, so have numbers handy and easily secured if needed.
Check online for Red Cross and FEMA for good guidelines on
preparedness. Excellent resources. Send it out to your kingdoms.
(Trusted means your important documents include information that can
easily be used in identity fraud, so if you don't trust them, don't
give them your info.)
Second: Phone Trees - Make sure you know where everyone is or is
going. Contact the seneschals to see if you have a phone tree. Start
one if not. Better to know where folks are and that you care where
they may go upfront than to wait till later and wonder. Good
activity for next populace meeting. Do you know your seneschals? Do
you know your Kingdom's Disaster Coordinator? Find them and meet them.
Third: Utilize local help first - While a disaster may seem horrid to
the one area, the rest of the kingdom may not have been hit. Most
real help comes from local groups to help with clean-up and moving
items, but ask. Folks won't know you need help unless it's asked for
in your Kingdoms. Additionally, contact the local Red Cross, FEMA,
Salvation Army and other disaster assistance groups who are prepared
for such things. Utilize them first with financial and some basic
items of need. This allows the Scadian population to help with the
needs beyond what is already being serviced to the clients. Make sure
people contact these organizations early on and not wait. Remember
things like child care or helping to rid property of garbage and
debris is also essential and needed by folks, not just items.
Fourth, Send Gift Cards - not stuff - While its easier to go thru
your closets and donate, remember, if you don't want it, they don't
either. Its been shown over and over again that people would rather
stay in their old dirty clothes than to wear someone else's old
stuff. Things come in with stains, rips and some are just dirty. They
have no means to clean things usually and it's more expensive to send
stuff than money. Write on the card with a Sharpie how much the card
is worth so they can be distributed fairly.
Lastly: organize - Blood Drives and work crews will be very much
needed by everyone... Keep track of ALL donations that come thru you
and where distributed, but remember Baronies cannot give funds to
individual people. It can only go person to person or barony to
barony for specific SCA items, i.e. new crowns, etc. No person can
benefit from SCA funds directly. Take a safety course or contact the
Red Cross for their Intro to Disaster course. Its free and only 4
hours of your time...