Skip to main content

What I Learned from Our Virginian Disasters

We survived the earthquake and the hurricane, which was a tropical storm here. The wind was scary and my lights flickered but as is well. I look at these close call disasters as a blessing because they are like practice rounds for when a truly catastrophic disaster hits. I now have my 72 hour kits complete and know what to do and when I would need the kit. I understand why it is necessary to have cash and a full tank of gas. I also know that a hot item during disasters are "D" cell batteries so I need to stock up on them during a beautiful day. I also need a nice lamp and maybe some sleeping bags.

We know that the flooding is more of a concern than an actual hurricane and that, yes, an earthquake is possible in Virginia. I also know that after the earthquake my neighbors acted like real neighbors. We came out of our houses and checked on each other. We even talked to the cleaning ladies and the nannies to make sure they were ok. That was comforting for me to know and I learned which neighbors I could count on and which I couldn't.

So, I learned a lot of things, especially that a natural disaster does not mean that time stops and that it is possible for other things to happen by coincidence. Our faucet in the kitchen someone burst and water poured all into the kitchen floor causing a crack in the basement ceiling. We discovered a lot of water damage. Unfortunately, the insurance adjusters are busy because of the disasters so that we will have to  wait until next week for someone to come inspect the damage.

Since it wasn't earthquake damage, we might get the damage covered in our insurance. Our insurance covers volcanic eruptions, missile attacks, rioting, and airplane crashes but not earthquakes. It is good to know that. If our disasters didn't happen we would not have known that. We do know that our house can withstand a 5.8 earthquake at least.

So the "disasters" were not a waste of time and the hype was needed. Now people are more prepared and more aware and will be ready if a real huge disaster hits. Or else people will just ignore the warnings next time!! (I predict the next scary thing to hit our area will be a riot--- at least I have insurance coverage for that!)


  1. So glad that your family was safe during those times. We are in GA, and not on the coast, but after reading your post I realize that it really can't hurt to be prepared for a natural disaster (we have, fortunately, escaped any real damage from tornadoes, storms, flooding, ice, etc). On my way to google "72 hour kit" and to try and convince my boys that it's good to be prepared for something other than a zombie apocalypse. :)

    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my blog! (fellow Whovian from Blog Frog)



Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

STUFF Clogging My Mind

I haven't blogged in a while. I never made it big in blogging and I never found an audience. I gave up and instead used Twitter as a way to express myself. I primarily used Twitter for about four years and even had my own little community. I had a few major retweets but was never famous or anything. I kept myself anonymous because I didn't want attention. I just wanted to express my feelings. A month ago I quit and it was one of the best decisions I've made. It was popular last year to say that 2016 was the worst year ever! It was a very strange year for me! I went through many challenges, new baby, c section, deployment, teenagers, a move, and ended the year losing my grandfather, I went into a deep depression and realized that I was spending sometimes 6-8 hours arguing with people on Twitter. I knew that couldn't help my depressed mood so I decided one day to quit. By day three I felt like a new person. I had more energy and I no longer felt hopeless. Instead of w

How to Attract Negative Commenters to Your Blog

I have been blogging since 2006 and one of the most interesting things is when this creature called a Troll finds your blog. A Troll is a bored scary little thing that goes through blogs, message boards, and You Tube comments saying mean, evil words creating a fight. If you've never had a troll visit your blog, it is easy to attract one. All you have to do is set a bait. Here is the bait that works the best. 1. Keep a "Conservative" blog. Extra points for being a member of the Tea Party. Trolls hate those who are Conservative and this bait successfully attracts the nastiest of trolls. Bonus points for misspelled words or bad grammer. You will suddenly get a comment about how Bush lied people died etc. 2. Write an anti- Obama post. My page views increased dramatically when I wrote a post against Obama, all were people trolling and questioning your intellect. It might not work as much now. Suddenly people will write comments questioning Bush or Reagan and how ra

The House of Ephraim and the Book of Mormon

The Bible is the story of the House of Judah. It is important because that the family that Jesus was born into. His mother Mary and her husband Joseph were both of the House of David and carried royal blood. It was important that the Bible be published for all of the world, but they aren't the only tribe. In prophecies the House of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) are listed along with Judah. Ephraim and Manasseh were the major tribes and had the most members. Great leaders like Joshua belonged to the tribe of Ephraim. The Northern Kingdom was called Ephraim as the Southern Kingdom was called Judah. Ephraim is supposed to fight against and then unite with Judah. So where are their records? We have some remnants of their records in the Book of Chronicles. Before they were taken away to what is now Central Asia (Afghanistan, UZBEKISTAN, and Turkmenistan) by the Assyrians, they were given a chance by King Hezekiah of the Southern Kingdom to come to Jerusalem to worship in the temple