It's been an interesting week here in the Washington, DC area. A rare earthquake on Tuesday and the threat of a hurricane due to hit Saturday afternoon has residents thinking about emergency preparedness. In an area where heavy snowfall constitutes a natural disaster, we are unaccustomed to natural occurrences that menace other parts of the country.
Planning ahead is good advice, no matter what the situation. In all areas of life--financial, professional, personal--planning provides some control, and great peace of mind.
In my day-to-day work as a teacher, planning a week's worth of lessons ensures that my students receive instruction even if circumstances prevent me from being in the classroom. And silly as it seems, planning what I'm going to wear for the week makes early mornings stress free. Planning ahead helps to make life run smoothly.
I am prepared for a couple days of heavy rain and an extended power outage. But the situation started me thinking about what it means to plan for the unexpected. So, this weekend when I am stuck inside, I will piece together a plan in anticipation of the next unlikely event.
Those of you who live in other parts of the country--other parts of the world--do you prepare for the unexpected?