We have had a major winter storm blow through our area this week. Lots of snow and ice have dumped on the metro area literally shutting down the city.
Yesterday, the Mayor of Gresham…yes… Gresham… declared a State of Emergency due to the weather.
Now I admit, I have never seen a December in Oregon quit like this one, but a State of Emergency?
Here’s the bottom line. BE PREPARED!
Sunday, our Troop was scheduled to set up the Nativity scene in the back of the church, as we do every year.
Saturday and into early Sunday morning, the phone began to ring. “Are we still setting up the manger?”
Yes we are.
And low and behold there were Scouts and Scouters in the back of the church at 11:30 on Sunday making ready to set up the Nativity scene.
We shoveled our way out, put on chains if needed, bundled up, and made our way to the church. We even assisted Father in getting his chains on and getting his car out of a jam.
We were prepared for the conditions, understood that life had to go on, and made it happen.
Yesterday, the city was in panic. Emergency services slowed, business’s shut their doors, and last minute shoppers frantically rattled the doors of shops with “CLOSED DUE TO THE WINTER STORM” signs on them.
Shelters are packed, soup kitchens are at capacity, I am glad we gathered all that food during Scouting for Food just a few short weeks ago.
It seems to me that we all need to just BE PREPARED a bit more. I keep getting asked about “What if your power goes out?”… “What about the heat?”….”Can you get around in this mess?”.
They are prepared.
A state of emergency was declared yesterday because it snowed… or … no one was prepared.
Lesson learned folks.
Have a Great Scouting Day!