As a military brat and Boy Scout, I grew up ready to help or evacuate on a moments notice.

We lived under a constant, very real threat of either natural disaster or enemy action. Every few months someone’s father wouldn’t come home from a mission, so we were constantly reminded of the seriousness of our situation.

Dad kept everything important in waterproof cases, up to date and accessible. We each had “Evac Packs” in our closets, ready grab when the sirens went off. We all thought this was a normal childhood and came out the better for it.

Seeing the devastation to people’s lives here in Florida recently and how sadly unprepared many were, I hope some of these lessons can be learned and if there’s a next time, we’ll all be better able to handle it.

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