|New Orleans' flooded Ninth Ward in August 2005.|
- Adverse events are going to happen. They differ in their severity, and the more severe an event, the more widespread the damage and the more pronounced the threat to our survival becomes.
- A little forethought and planning - preparedness - goes a long way to mitigate the effects of disasters on you and your family. The plans and preparations you make now are the key to your survival.
- You cannot count on someone to come help you. It took several days for emergency and disaster relief services to deploy into the New Orleans area. Count on being on your own.
- When disaster strikes, a person's true character is revealed. It took three days for New Orleans to descend into anarchy with widespread looting and theft pervading the area. In contrast, others spent days on their fishing boats trolling through the flooded city to rescue survivors.
Here's hoping our government and our neighbors have learned their lessons and applied them.