Friday, August 26 - As I write this, many family and friends in southern New Jersey are leaving their homes, forced to evacuate prior to Hurricane Irene's arrival. It is a bit surreal; I almost feel as though I am taking the journey with them, for south Jersey was my home for 40 years. Thoughts like - what would we take, which vehicles would we bring, where would we go - keep floating through my head.
I lived on the bay side of a barrier island until I was sixteen, though we weathered high tides, heavy winds and rain from tropical storms, nor'easters, and hurricanes, we never had to evacuate. We moved to the mainland portion of NJ's peninsula when I was sixteen, and I suppose we felt more immune to the weather's tricks and turns. Storms were common, but hurricanes weakened or veered out to sea. But perhaps not this time...
This event has made me pause, take mental inventory, and consider my priorities. What would I grab if I had to leave quickly? Family, of course. My Bible, important papers, laptop, flash drive, and whatever else would fit in our car. I wonder, are we prepared for an emergency? Probably not as much as we should be.
Pondering this smacks perspective into a busy life, you know?
Tell me, what would you take if you had to leave? How prepared are you for an emergency?
Thankful for family, friends, and so many blessings,
P.S. Sunday evening update - Family and friends are fine, and all is well. Soggy, but well.
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