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By Jennifer Oliver

"It will never happen"
"It could happen"
"It might happen"

Oops!!  Disasters escalate as time marches forward.  The Bible makes it pretty clear that we will live in physically hard times before the coming of Jesus Christ: "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains." Mark 13:8.

And although it is our SPIRITUAL selves that need to be prepared for that last great time of trouble, there are some very practical things for EVERY home to consider physically.

HAVE A PLAN in place that EVERY member of your family knows.

When my kids were young, we occasionally talked to them about "what if" situations.
What if a stranger offers you something to eat or asks you for directions? Do not take the food, and do not approach them if Mommy or Daddy are not beside you.  
What if we have a house fire? Get out and go to the neighbor's porch.  
What if you're lost? Stop. Hold still until we come get you, because we WILL come back to find you.  
What if there is an earthquake?  We had a plan in place when the kids were younger, but times and thinking have changed on the exact response people are supposed to have.

So, WHAT IF?  What if there is a disaster in Napa Valley?  Ha!!  
A 6.1-magnitude quake struck Napa on August 24, 2014, with several plump aftershocks.  Businesses and homes in Napa itself were rocked back and forth -- a "new fault" split upvalley. It was one of the rolling kind, where solid foundations were pretty secure though your stuff might be knocked over. It all depended on which wall your things were piled or situated -- did the rolling quake knock your stuff from side to side or front to back?

Also, if you live in a mobile home, this quake really took you for a ride and was pretty destructive, knocking stuff off foundations. We have a shed that is up on blocks, and all that stored stuff in there is piled in the middle of the shed now.  
Still, "they say" that this was not the "big one" and that we need to be braced for a larger earthquake, one that will pretty much destroy entire neighborhoods, roadways, waterways and more in seconds.  The earthquake from August 2014 displaced some wells -- and water is scarce in California these days.

So, again, WHAT IF?? Are we prepared?  Probably not.  Is your china cabinet bolted to the wall and do you have 72 hours of clean water to drink?  Flush the toilet? Do you have a wrench to turn off the gas and waterlines?


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