Wednesday, May 25, 2011

a different kind of shopping list

There's a joke Midwesterners tell each other about the weather...Don't like it? Stick around for a day or two, and it will change.

The weather this week in Missouri has been no joke. My heart and prayers go to the people who have lost and are suffering from the recent tornadoes.

Since childhood, I have been a secret admirer of storms. They're big and powerful, and remind us of how little and powerless we are. Maybe I liked storms because I'd go outside on the porch with my Dad to watch them. At one point, I wanted to be a meteorologist. I made a tornado safety public service announcement with a local newscaster through a shadow program at school.

The forecast this week has been stormy....and more of the same for next week. Thinking about the forecast and trying to be prepared, I made a list and packed of some things in an 'Emergency Bucket' for our basement...and I'd like to ask you to do the same.

Emergency Bucket Contents:
bottled water
flashlight (and extra batteries)
first aid kit (with plain band-aids, even though big sister tried to convince me we needed Tinkerbell bandages!)
work gloves

I'm sure there are obvious things I have forgotten (please let me know), but it's a start.

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