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I was reading the headlines on

http://news.google.com

 

There was one about the CDC having their conference on the impacts of climate change without federal participation.  From the way it was stated, I got the impression that this is new.

This got me thinking, what will we need to do for ourselves?  From what will the Federal Government withdraw its assistance?  Will we have to learn to do without some things?

Another question:
What do Federal agencies do now?
There are some major provisions, such as financial support for our more vulnerable citizens, including elders, people with disabilities and children; protection by the military; parks and land management…

Then there are some about I really haven’t thought…or did know.  These are ones Mr. Trump wants to get rid of:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
Minority Business Development Agency
Economic Development Administration
International Trade Administration
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services
Office of Violence Against Women
Legal Services Corporation
Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department
Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Justice Department
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Office of Electricity Deliverability and Energy ReliabilityOffice of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Office of Fossil Energy

Add to this federal funding for everything from emergency response to education, health, community development, agriculture and on the list goes.

 

I am thinking that I will need to review my own lifestyle and look for ways to be less dependent.  I can do that now, or wait until I’m forced to because an agency or program gets taken away.

 

I invite your help:
What things do we need to take back so that we are less dependent on government services?
What skills do we need to develop?
Are some things better done in local communities?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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Don’t Give Your Power Away

I have been reading headlines about the increase of calls to crisis centers and all of the fear people have because Donald Trump got elected.  I myself was stunned and distressed when I woke up to that news last Wednesday.  I still find it quite dismaying.

 

The thought that helped me was, “You know, I’ll go to bed tonight, get up tomorrow, eat breakfast and get on with my day…”

 

Here is my poetic way to encourage anybody in the world who might find this helpful:

 

People get elected;
New policies made;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

Promises and comments;
Plans that seem to fade;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

Pressures and challenges;
Provocations stay;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

Hear the truth I’m sharing;
You still have a say:
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

You go to bed each night;
Get up every day;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

 

You’re still a whole person,
So don’t be afraid;
Whatever you do,
Don’t give your power away!

HOW ABOUT ROVER AND FLUFFY?

Have you considered your pets and livestock in your emergency preparations???
They really need you to:  They most likely will not be able to care for themselves.
Again, what you do will depend on where you live and the type of emergency for which you prepare.  If you will likely be staying put, do you have extra food, water, first aid supplies and the means to deal with relieving breaks?  If you are more likely to evacuate, where will you take your animals?  Do you have supplies packed in the car for them?  Leashes for dogs, carriers for cats, ways to transport birds?

In the United States, there are several sources of information.  Here are two:
http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/tips/pets-disaster.html
There are all sorts of suggestions and resources on this site.

http://www.ready.gov/animals
Again, plenty of good advice for pets, as well as livestock.

FEMA, the Red Cross and CDC all have pages on their websites devoted to animals.

 

I found this one in the UK:
http://www.somerset.gov.uk/policies-and-plans/plans/preparing-for-emergencies/
It’s pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about preparedness, and more!  Very comprehensive.

 

I did a search for other countries as well:  Everyone had something.

 

Part of the reason I got on this kick is that there are serious occurances of all sorts every year.  AS I mentioned in my last post, hazardous winter conditions are a probability where I live.  Tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes?  Hmm, not so much.  However, we are close enough to an earthquake zone, we will get refugees, WHEN there is one.

 

My plan includes stockpiling food and water, closing off unsafe areas so that frightened kitties don’t get themselves in trouble, first aid, including meds to relieve pain or anxiety, if needed.

 

One more question; then I’ll find a new topic for my next post (I promise!!!)
Where is your plan?  A hard copy with all important papers, addresses, information, etc., in more than one place – One in the house; one in each car…. is the best idea:  You can access it at any time.
There are apps for phones and moble devices, in case you want your plan to be available in electronic form as well.

 

May you N E V E R need to use this information!  If you do, you will be so glad that you prepared in advance.