Our planet’s climate is changing, and the impact on our daily weather has been extreme.
Look at the tornado that hit Brooklyn and Northeast Queens, the Hurricane Sandy disaster, the amount and severity of recent tornados in Oklahoma and other parts of our country, serious drought in some areas like Mississippi, huge snowfalls in other states and gale force winds spreading wildfires.
One of my concerns with this problem is how to communicate with people when disaster is about to hit. Where do you go? What precautions should be taken? How do you protect yourself and your family? Does everyone know what to do in an impending weather emergency?
When I asked where to go in an emergency, I was told Bayside High School or York College. But what if everyone showed up at these locations? There would never be enough room to shelter and protect thousands of people at these sites. It would be chaos.
We need to think now about future emergency situations. People must be prepared. And remember, we live on an island with only a limited number of bridges and tunnels to use. Most of us would be unable to leave.
We are living in scary times. It brings to mind these words from a spiritual, “I ran to the rock to hide my face, And the rock cried out, There ain’t no hiding place down here.”
Mandingo Osceola Tshaka