So to delve into the personal side, I had a trip on deck for July of this year. Actually, it’s still on deck, but I’m facing the unknown. A friend of mine is getting married in Joplin, Missouri…
.. . as in, Joplin, Missouri:
In an uncanny coincidence, I watched the Discovery Channel special on tornados last night.
This is brutal, I’m in the shock phase right now.
Go check out the Joplin city website.
This is an absolutely charming town. My girlfriend and I were looking forward to this trip (and still are) but it’s going to be tough. I want to do something, and the usual knee jerk reactions are to donate to the American Red Cross, they are a wonderful failsafe organization to assist and send assistance in emergencies like this. (“Knee Jerk” refers to something impulsive, instinctual, reactive… I know it usually carries a negative connotation, but it’s an accurate phrase. I don’t want people to think that a “knee jerk Red Cross donation” is anything but benevolent.)
While I would like to write an article that’s comic related, and about insuring comic books, having safe-deposit boxes or home safes/lockers, it can still be a moot point if a natural disaster occurs. You can’t replace a comic book… or your keepsakes… or friends and family. I do have an instinct of what 10 books I would grab in case of evacuation, but the more important thing is always to be prepared.
Last night while watching the tornado special, I made a reference to one of my friends about having an emergency bag packed at all times. I have a “casual” one in that my backpack always has a change of clothes and basic toiletries, but this is mostly from staying at my girlfriend’s place. It’s a start. I have a flashlight by the back door, one on the table where my keys are, so I can grab them on the way out. I have a box in my car’s trunk with tarps and a blanket. I have some backpacking stuff under the bed which could be thrown into a sack in 30 seconds, but I still feel unprepared.
So I hope that the people of Joplin did their best, and do their best in the days, weeks, and months to come. Nature is a very humbling thing. So maybe I will take a look at my evacuation pack (also known jokingly as a “zombie apocalypse pack”) and I’ll take another stab at the research for insuring my comics.
You can’t be prepared for everything. But if you can take the time to be prepared, take a moment or two to visit http://www.redcross.org/ and help someone else as they prepare for recovery.