A thousand-year rainstorm hit Denver last week. Roads and bridges, gone. Not damaged, but gone – forever. Thousands of homes obliterated. They’ve had massive snowstorms, and they’ve had massive fires. But never a flood. And now after the flood waters have receded, they found a parting gift: massive mildew.
It was a total surprise. No one saw it coming, but that’s just the way disasters are – unpredictable. Unfortunately, sooner or later they happen to everyone, in one form or another. It’s part of living.
When are they most likely to happen?
It’s like this: when is your house likely to burn? The day after you let your fire insurance lapse, or the day before you were going to get some. That’s when disaster strikes—at the worst possible time.
So what’s the way to protect yourself?
Prepare before it comes; before it’s too late. You can’t protect yourself against them all, so you do the best you can. You don’t have to go through life in a constant state of paranoia, becoming a doomsday prepper. But on the other hand, you don’t want to live like an ostrich with your head in the sand, ignoring all possible dangers in your environment.
So how can you find a balance? Just keep your eyes open. When you see a vulnerability, take a reasonable step to minimize the danger. At least do the obvious things; the things most people know to do but just neglect to do.
Here are some obvious and simple steps you can take.
This isn’t rocket science, and it doesn’t require a genius I.Q. or a lot of effort – it’s just being smart.