Emergency Preparedness – The Department of Repetitive Redundancy Department.
“Tie this rope on that concrete anchor,” said my friend. “I’m going after him.”
A nine year old boy had tumbled over 300 feet from the summit of Mt. Timpanogus on the annual hike of 1967. My friend, a first-aider from the National Ski Patrol, had just asked me to be surety for his life.
I was never stellar with knot tying in Boy Scouts, but I knew that a square knot would hold and a granny knot would not. My small mistake could loose my friend on the precarious slope. I triple checked the square knot, then tied four more half hitches as insurance.
Redundancy in systems insures that performance can continue. It is terribly important in aircraft, for example, because it’s tough to walk home from 30,000 feet if something fails. Redundancy is just as important in your home. If your furnace motor fails on a Friday night, can you still stay warm until Monday, when repair facilities reopen? If power, water, or other distribution systems fail, can you take over and provide for others with your skills, tools and resources? If you can, you are prepared.
Remember: two half hitches equal a full hitch. If you got a glitch in your hitch, two are better than one.
For more information contact (your emergency preparedness specialist)’
CATCH THE SPIRIT, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS, AND BE PREPARED.