reply to post by whatnext21
I live in South Louisiana. Disaster recovery is in our genes. Things go down. It sucks. You rebuild. All is good again until the next flood,
1)Be as self reliant as possible. That means more than just "prepping." Know how to do things like minor car repairs, generator maintenance, minor
home repair, mitigation techniques,etc.
2) Have a circle of support - meaning people like yourself, NOT dependents if you can help it(obviously you should take care of children and old
people, the dependents to avoid are able bodied adults). Where you lack in supplies and skills, they can make up for it and vice versa.
3) Avoid taking government help. Post Katrina I took some FEMA $ because they kept saying I should on the radio. A year later, they arbitrarily
demanded it back because my uncle also received money (I do not live with or have any financial relationship with my uncle- just the same last name).
If you get on government bus, you are essentially a POW - you sign away any rights but doing exactly what they tell you can.
4) Always maintain a sense of humor.
5) Things will be crappy for awhile. But they WILL get better. Acceptance and moving on is essential. After Katrina, those who accepted their
situation for what it was and then moved forward instead of dwelling on tragedy are the ones who are successful now.
6) While #5 is necessary, you also have to deal with your own mental and emotional issues before moving on to acceptance and forward movement. Also,
at least for a little while after, have empathy and compassion for the other people impacted. The common experience you shared is something that will
connect you forever.
7) If you process it, accept it, and build your life afterward, the whole thing will make you stronger.