As fall reaches the cooler temperatures, nature and man alike prepare for winter. Have you ever noticed a squirrel gathering nuts for survival in winter? They are amazing little animals. They carry the nuts in their mouth to their nests. They are often seen in my back yard in the acorn tree. I love to watch them.
The deer are very active at this time of year. Their instincts tell them to eat the green grass and other greenery before the winter storms cover them up.
The trees too prepare for winter by shedding their leaves. This protects them from having too much weight when the strong winds and heavy snow hits in winter. I have seen many trees buckle under the weight of the heavy snow and ice when the weather gets bad before the trees have lost their leaves. It can be quite dangerous.
The farmers have been busy cutting and gathering in the last cutting of hay for their animals to eat in winter. I remember when I was growing up, we used to put the hay into hay stacks. Then after I got older, the farmers used balers to bale the hay. Now they make these huge bales and cover them with a covering to protect it from the elements.
As I noticed all the preparations being done for winter, I wondered just how many people were really prepared for whatever comes our way. Like the farmer and the squirrel, we need to prepare before the time arrives. After tragedy strikes, it is too late to prepare.
We never know just what is in store for us. We can prepare for some things but do we do it? In times of plenty, do we store up food for times of need? Do we have our kits ready in our vehicles incase we are stranded? We all hope that these things do not happen to us but there is a good chance that we will have some type of emergency this year. We just never know what or when it will be.
What kinds of emergencies do you prepare for?
What kind of natural disasters do you have in your part of the world?