Harvey Hits Houston: Safety First

What I’m about to write,
Is not so much about hindsight.

Education and experience is about sharing and being prepared,
Doing so means – perhaps one life, or the lives of others can be spared.

Everything begins at home.

Live with a safety plan, and think “safety first”. . . .
Be it family related emergencies, to a neighborhood watch, down to using a nightlight preventing bumps, fears, or falls in the night.

Many, many years ago, I was told by someone very special that he attended a business meeting in a large city, and stayed in his favorite upper floor level of the luxury hotel.

The hotel had a fire down below . . . . and guess where he couldn’t go?

His advice was to do as he did, stay close to the ground floor . . . . and if need be, there were any reason to flee . . . . voilà! He knew right where to exit, and head for the outside door.

Over the years, as a homeowner many things happened, and by my creative design our home changed, yet one thing remained the same . . . . safety first.

Example: Ninety mile per hour windshear downed several old huge trees, smashed a restored car, our garage, and downed power lines. (Which you NEVER, NEVER touch!)

No electricity for well over a week makes one, like me feel like an awkward hillbilly . . . . hauling gasoline for a generator that was originally located in another state!


That’s what you do when power is too slowly restored to your house. (PLEASE . . . . Keep it located OUTSIDE!)

I grew up next to a river and witnessed one too many floods. My best friend’s house, neighbors nearby . . . . who were like family and friends – had mud lines along their interior walls.

We lived safely on the other side of the levee and flood walls. What did I learn from it all?

Do not buy a house or rent in a flood prone area, find something that sits a bit high, or make sure your basement does not leak or has sump pump.

Finally, I don’t watch TV and haven’t for many years, OK? If I want to see the weather, I look at my weather app, and scan the entire world for every ‘natural disaster’.

There are a few on twitter who really fascinate me, because weather is such a Divine Phenomena. The problem there is the emotional vortex that sucks people in, or down . . . . like a free flowing drain.

There’s a person behind each account, and I do not believe in pointing individuals out . . . . yet, pretending to help with screenshots using hashtags for Houston, while in India is a pathetically cruel hoax.

Another person clearly made up a story of separation to someone trying to get help. Having worked in emergency situations, I searched the intersection she “believed” it to be, NOT definitively . . . . only to see it was a lie, and so was the name on her account.


People were asking, ‘why all the spam in the hashtag?’ . . . . that meant so much to Americans. Well, it’s pretty clear that over the years a hatred has been brewing, and others would like to see those in the United States of America . . . . dead.

You figure out who is who.

Slow down, learn to research the facts, and/or know what is true.

Some and it appears, very few . . . . take the initiative to do what it takes to survive, because they are too busy spewing hates, lies, and now blame . . . . for something I saw coming.

Remember, I have not watched TV in approximately 10 years, music stopped in the 1990s, and so did movies.

I never was a movie buff, but read to see trends . . . because knowing what I know (via research) about media, in general . . . . it’s enough.

Safety first . . . . think about this:  Why blame anyone for a Divine Phenomena, when you are STILL alive?

Be thankful to God you survived!

Be aware, and ALWAYS, ALWAYS . . . . do your best to prepare.


I’ve lived in Houston, traveled Texas, find weather patterns of great interest;

If someone told me to put my social security number on my arm to be identified . . . . I’m outa there!



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