Emergency Preparedness Committee
About the Committee
There are many disasters through out our lives in which we can be prepared for if we will take the proper precautions. This committee focuses on providing information relating to these disasters.
This information can be obtained from news papers, radio and tv, the internet, but personal involvment is one of the best sources. Ideas from anyone are welcome and appreciated.
Please contact me with any helpful ideas or suggestions. I will be looking forward to hearing from you. Bunny, Chairman.
Contact the Committee
- Committee Chair - Bunny Maginnis
- State of Missouri Ready-In-3 Program
- Accessible Emergency Information
- Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in a Disaster
- State of Missouri Emergency Management Agency
Emergency Preparedness :: September 2012By Bunny Maginnis, Chairman
We are all in the middle of a major heat wave and extreme drought conditions. As a result, corn, soybeans, cotton and many other crops will be very limited for the year. What does this mean for you and me? It means that prices will increase for every aspect of our lives; no matter what it is we have to purchase.
Perhaps now is the time to stock up on the staples we will need for the winter. If the drought continues as it is now, water may be restricted to cooking and drinking purposes only. Now is the time to stock up on bottled water. Fresh fruit and vegetables will be affected by the heat and drought so stock up on as many canned and frozen items as possible. Food for animals will cost the farmers more this coming year. Fill your freezer with meat while the prices are still reasonable.
I am not trying to preach gloom and doom I am just trying to help you prepare for a hard winter that many people feel we will experience this year. As the old saying goes, a bird in hand is better than two in a bush.
I will be attending a seminar in September offered to instruct people with all disabilities on emergency preparedness. I am looking forward to learning more ways to help keep you safe. Your safety and well-being is always foremost on my mind. I will write a full report on all the information I have attained in the next issue of the chronicle. Remember, don't be scared. Be prepared.
Emergency Preparedness :: June 2012By Bunny Maginnis, Chairman
This year is one of the worst years I can remember for allergy problems. People who have never experienced sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy heads, coughing and other allergy hazards are miserable this season. There are several medicines you can try to help relieve some of the symptoms but I find this year they are wanting in providing complete satisfaction. My best advice in this case is to keep your house clean, completely free from any kind of dust or dander. Keep your windows closed and the air conditioner on. If you know what foods, drinks, lotions, or soaps you are allergic to, discontinue them.
Have you ever thought about how you would protect yourself in case of an earth quake and tornado happening simultaneously? I tried to ask FEMA about that and couldn't find any suggestions. If you have any thoughts on this possibility please don't hesitate to make them known. It could happen.
The insects are going wild this year due to a wonderful mild winter. The media warns that ticks are abroad in huge numbers. Among other diseases, lime disease is one of the most notable. Be sure to cover your arms and legs if you are going to be in tall grass or woods.
Have a wonderful and safe summer, and, be prepared for anything.
Emergency Preparedness Committee :: March 2012By Bunny Maginnis, Chairman
The disaster trail has been light and easy going in our neck of the woods so far this year.
By the time you are reading this it will be nearly spring and those pesky storms will appear from nowhere and try to blow us away. Just be sure to pay close attention to weather forecasts and instructions given by the media broadcasters.
Pedestrian safety is becoming a real problem. During the past year I know of several visually impaired people who have been hit by cars. They all suffered serious injuries. Although we are protected by law it doesn't stop the pain and suffering once it happens.
Whether we like it or not we must make it known to drivers that we are blind. Even if it is not necessary for you to use a cane in most places, please take it with you when you are traveling alone. I remember when I could see well enough to travel without a cane I didn't always want to advertise the fact that I couldn't see well. I always took it with me though and it saved me from being hurt many times.
In the spring when everything is green, lush, and beautiful there are little horrors hovering mostly unseen just waiting to attack. Because spring usually brings lots of rain, mold and mildew like to hide in dark wet places. Beware of them. They can make you very sick. Maybe next time I'll have more disasters to write about. I hope not. See you in June.