Today we're all shopping and preparing the best we can, for Hurricane Gustav and for Hanna, who is right behind him.
We're pulling our resources and have a plan ready to execute.
Our hearts truly go out to the people of New Orleans and surrounding coastal cities in his path. Hurricanes are extremely unpredictable, as we've experienced many times in the past, so the only way to really prepare is to have a plan and stick to it.
From now until November, our homes are open to those seeking shelter with little to no resources. And the only way to survive this and its long term effects is to accept we have no control over Mother Nature, nothing short-term that can be achieved, anyway....so, we'll go with the flow and remember that there is strength in numbers.
I still remember how everyone rallied around N.Y. after 911...people from all over the world. It was a time I don't think anyone will forget. It will stay in our hearts and minds, always!
In our town alone, 19 bus-loads traveled to the city as quickly as we could to: help those find shelter; drive them to nearby hospitals to look for their loved ones and a lot of the time was spent holding another in our arms and helping them see past that next minute and into another, then another. The devestation was so overwhelming.
Please take a moment to ponder this and maybe there is a way for you, too to become involved.
We're all in this thing together. This thing called life.
Please keep a good thought for our brothers and sisters everywhere who will be facing a most devestating future of events, in the days and weeks to come.