Even as the world has seemed to turn upside down from COVID-19, we must remember that other kinds of natural disasters could happen at any time. We are several weeks into the Atlantic hurricane season — which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts will be busier than usual — drought is affecting the island of Puerto Rico, massive flooding and tropical storms have already hit several parts of the world. Even during a pandemic, we have to be ready.
As you and your family prepare for the unexpected, know that our teams at Convoy of Hope are constantly readying themselves for the next deployment. Convoy of Hope teams regularly train to use chainsaws, heavy equipment, electric pallet jacks, and CPR/first aid. Staying knowledgeable and certified on these skills is vital to our work.
You and your family can prepare as well, though without the heavy equipment. Make sure you are up to date on what you need to in case disaster strikes by visiting ready.gov. There you can also find tips on building emergency kits and creating plans for you and your family. Get the kids involved too, and make sure that should worse come to worst, you and your family know what to do and where to go.
If you are interested in helping those whose lives have been turned upside down by a disaster, you can donate at convoyofhope.org or check out our kit building instructions to pitch in and help those in need. As always, you can stay up to date on all of our disaster responses by visiting convoyofhope.org/blog.