It wasn’t until Hurricane Irene curved away from the state of Florida that I began thinking about what could have happened. With photos soon emerging of the storm-induced flooding in the Northeast part of the country, and the assault of Tropical Storm Lee as we vacationed in Western North Carolina over Labor Day, I knew it was time to prepare. That is, to get storm-organized.
As I see it, there are two ways to prepare. First, if the electricity is knocked out, are we prepared? Yes and no. We have a generator, a little fuel and a little food and water stocked up. Could we survive for a week? Yes. But we might want to stock up on more batteries and water, and build up that first aid kit.
Second, what if we have to evacuate at some point? What am I taking with me and how fast can I gather it? This is a potential reality for all Florida residents, and nothing has prompted this Floridian into action more than the recent storms. Besides essential food, water and first aid supplies, what would I want to save? With this question in mind I headed to Target to purchase a pink bin for personal items that I would want to save if disaster were heading my way.
Next I began looking around the house, making a list of those things to gather quickly. So far my list contains important papers, a few old photo albums (which I fortunately consolidated earlier this year), a few small family antiques,and a few pieces of jewelry including a black pearl I bought in Beijing a few years ago.
During this list making process I realized that all my photos and mementoes of my years in the European modeling scene are scattered all over the place, in no particular order. Knowing that I would want to save something from that time in my life, I’ve decided that my next project is to turn this:
And with four more storms brewing out there at the moment, I might want to hurry.