After reading the article in the paper about learning lessons from Katrina, and seeing what the people were doing back in the Gulf Coast states, one thing becomes self evident - be prepared. They were not. Instead, there were people on TV crying "please help us, save us," and dying on the sidewalks.

We need to be prepared. You need food, lights and batteries, drinkable water, and first aid equipment to save yourselves. You all saw how long it took to get aid into the major areas, let alone the outlying areas. You all saw how many screw-ups there were in getting things moving to get the aid to those who were trapped. Do you think things will be any different here? I don't think so. Look at the last tsunami warning we had. How many actually heard it? I didn't. The one stinking phone line that was available to get out the warning was broken.

I, for one, will never rely on the government to save my assets. Neither should you. Plan ahead. Know what to do. Know what to grab before you leave. Teach your family what to do if they are away from home. Reflect back on some of the training that you may have gotten in the Scouts or military. They teach good survival techniques. Find out what plans your child's school has for evacuation. These are just a few of the things that you can do to help yourself survive.

I would like to know what plans the City of Long Beach and the Pacific County Sheriffs office has in the way of an evacuation plan. It would be nice if they would publish them in the Chinook Observer so everybody would know what to do in advance. With only two roads off this little piece of land, it would be nice to see how they plan to remove all the people that are here. It would be nice to know if they have any plan at all. These are some of the things you should find out, and if there is no plan, one should be made.

We may have as little as minutes warning to get something done, so you need to be ready as well as our police and emergency staff.

None of these things are hard to do. All you have to do is make the plans, get a few things together, and make sure our city and county planners have done their jobs, but don't rely on them.

Scott Pietz owns Driftwood RV Park in Long Beach

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