In our first month in New Orleans, a thunderstorm dumped eight inches of rain on us in a period of just a few hours. We had no idea how quickly this city can flood until we were told by our military friends and locals. Were it not for them, I would not even have known to move my car to higher ground. I am so very thankful for that tip – it literally saved my car! That same week, we found ourselves in the path of Tropical Storm Barry, which could have been a Category 1 hurricane. As military families, we move all over the world, and we need to be prepared should disaster strike.
Hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, earthquakes, floods…none of us are immune to the forces of nature. While it is much more pleasurable to plan for a fun vacation, planning for these types of emergencies is essential and can bring peace of mind to you and your family. As part of the military community, we have the added benefit of learning how to navigate these situations, not only through resources like Military OneSource, but also by leaning on and learning from each other.