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Three Lessons I Learned from Hurricane Sandy

November 1, 2012
by Jack Reynolds

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is still being felt up and down the East Coast. From Main Street to Wall Street, people are struggling with power outages, flooding, getting to work, getting back home, and in the most devastating instances, coping with the loss of life and limb. What Hurricanes Sandy, Irene, Katrina and others have taught us is that extreme events do happen, and although they cannot always be avoided, we can take precautions to reduce their impact.

Natural, economic and political disasters become personal when they hit home with family and friends. Here are three lessons I have learned to ameliorate their impact:

  1. Be prepared. Stay informed and do not dismiss warnings as hype. Think broadly about what could happen – that ‘one in 100 chance’ – to plan for the worst and hope for the best.
  2. Maintain a positive yet realistic attitude. Bad things do happen to good people, and yet the human spirit is an amazing thing. Surround yourself with supportive family, friends and like-minded people.
  3. Persevere. Put one foot in front of the other and do not be frozen by fear. Recovering from a disaster takes hard work, but others have faced similar challenges before and have succeeded in restoring their lives.

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