The recent hurricanes in the southeast and fires in California remind us how quickly we might need to act in case of emergency. Under challenging circumstances, however, functioning wisely can be a challenge. The situation can be especially challenging for the elderly and disabled.
Given recent emergencies, it seems like a good time for each of us to review (and perhaps revise) our own personal emergency plans. Focus on two major strategies: a reliable warning system/s and an action plan.
One of your top priorities is to make sure that you receive timely and reliable emergency notifications. The Lake County Emergency Management Agency suggests taking advantage of the following five systems. (Click here for a related video.)
On your cell phone...
Tune in to broadcast radio and TV for emergency alerts include amber (child abduction) and targeted weather alerts.
Sign up for alerts from www.alertlakecounty.com. The site also contains helpful information on floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and temperature extremes. (If you don't live in Lake County, check with your local county government to learn more about local emergency planning.)
Your second priority... preparing for an emergency. Depending on your particular situation, preparation can take some time and effort... but it could save lives and/or make it much easier to deal with an emergency situation when it occurs.
Emergency Planning Guides are available from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
These guides include information on the following:
Emergency Kits that include medications, personal items like eye glasses and hearing aids, and important documents (see below*)
Making a Plan about what you will DO in an emergency. Topics include
Two additional tips from the Lake County Sheriff's office:
"Plans are nothing; planning is everything."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
In many ways, life is more complicated than ever. It seems that we're in a constant state of flux, constantly challenged by one change or another.
The good news is, as George Couros puts it, "Change is an opportunity to do something amazing."
Much of what's amazing comes out of learning, of taking advantage of the wealth of opportunity to gain new knowledge or skills through study, experience, or education. We're all familiar with traditional school learning, and many of us continue to learn by reading, traveling, trying new things, and conversing with others.
Thanks to the internet, we also have a host of FREE ready-made learning opportunities at our fingertips. Here are three that come highly recommended by Business Insider and U.S. News.
Looking for something more personal and practical, then check out the following webinars/webcasts/videos:
"Lifelong learning is like a never-ending personal revolution."
One of the greatest pleasures in life is bringing a smile to a baby's face. Though we can stimulate that smile by tickling, we also trigger it by making a funny face... or just plain smiling. Through shared smiles, we bond and connect; we create empathy with one another (WikiUniversity).
Bonding with others is only one of the benefits of a smile and related humorous activities such as laughter. Denise Driscoll, RN, MPH, of the Humor Exchange, shared those benefits at our September Memory Cafe. She's given me permission to share them here with you.
Laughter (the most obvious indicator of humor) provides physical, emotional, and cognitive benefits. According to researchers (Driscoll; Laughter Online University), laughter can
Denise invites you all to THE HUMOR EXCHANGE at the Advocate Condell Centre Club: Education Room, 1405 North Hunt Club Road, Gurnee, IL. Meetings are FREE OF CHARGE though reservations are requested: 800-323-8622.
This month's HUMOR EXCHANGE is this Thursday, October 12, from 7-9 PM. Click here to download flyer.
"Like a welcome summer rain,
humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you."