This past week another hurricane hit the US and caused a lot of devastation across many states. I hate that people are going through this again and that more people are facing the monumental task of recovery. I haven’t been in anything nearly as severe as the recent hurricanes and it took quite a while for me to wrap my head around all the destruction, it just didn’t seem real! One day things were there and the next things were completely different. Places I went were flooded out and never reopened, families sold their houses and moved, and just about everyone lost their refrigerated or frozen food (this was before generators were really owned by tons of people).
One statement that you hear when these things happen I heard again in response to this most recent hurricane: “it’s just stuff.” While I agree with that statement, and things can be replaced, the loss can’t be denied. Kids won’t have the mementos, photos or history that get destroyed by these storms, often things that can’t be easily put into a car because they’re too large and not food, water, clothing, pets or people, to share with their kids. While kids are resilient and sometimes better able to deal with change than we adults are, the loss of things that mean a lot to them, the things that are “normal” to them can be a devastating blow, one that they’ll be sad about for possibly the rest of their lives.
So what’s the answer? Consider investing in waterproof, sturdy boxes (military or survivalist types) that can store some of these valuables if you can’t take them with you if you need to move to safety. Make sure to label them with your information on the exterior and interior so that they can be returned to you should they float away. Also take photos of all of your valuables so that at least you’ve got the picture to look at. Make sure that all of your pictures are either uploaded to the cloud and/or on a device or devices that are stored at all times in those waterproof boxes. Take time to record the stories that go along with each item or photo so that your kids are never without the stories, because those can be as treasured as the items. Also, with the increasing frequency that storms like these have been happening, it’s a good idea to consider where you live or are moving to and how vulnerable it may be to things like flooding and tree damage, as well as have really good insurance (money can’t replace the past but it can recover some of the items from your present).
And above all make sure that you take time to be with the people you love and make happy memories together so that even if a natural disaster does happen you all have lots of good memories to hold onto. How will you prepare for your future today?