Simultaneous Disasters

When it rains, it pours, right? As if the current lock down due to COVID19 isn’t already enough to handle, states like Alabama and Georgia have had to deal with severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. This recent article (Can Your Community Handle a Natural Disaster and Coronavirus at the Same Time?) reminded me of a video (Two Severe Storms, Two Different Safety Directions) that I wrote about) I wrote that explored the idea of two events happening at the same time that have seemingly opposite safety messages. What do you do?

Let’s start with the current situation. You are pretty much confined to your home 24/7 and…

What if a fire broke out in your home?


What if your house flooded?


What if you or a family member had a sudden medical issue?


What if there was a tornado that destroyed your neighborhood?

I think part of what makes these scenarios so stressful is that before the lock down, I would normally retreat to a family member or friend’s home but that might not be the safest option right now.

What would you need to do so that you and your family could live on only one floor of your home (let’s say either the basement or top floor of your home)? How would you deal with cooking, sleeping and making sure you didn’t kill your spouse or children?


What if people were knocking on your door for help? Would you help? Would you able to provide food and/or shelter to your neighbor and their family or more people?

Who wants to talk more about how you can use this idea in your current or next story?

[Credit: flickr/Daniel Lobo]

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