Be prepared, be careful and help thy neighbor

In this article from mycentraljersey.com, Davey gives readers advice on how they can ensure their property is safe from tree damage during winter weather. 

Posted: Jan. 26, 2015 

By Jay Cooke 

I love my dear readers. And I want all of you to be safe and sound. I especially love my senior dear readers, because it is from them I have learned the most. And following the teachings of my parents and grandparents, who taught me to love and help thy neighbor, your humble narrator today is typing a special episode because a potentially historic blizzard is upon us. We all need to be prepared, be careful and help thy neighbor.

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Now just about all of us in Central Jersey are familiar with storms. We know of power outages, long service-station lines, mobile phones with no signal, empty grocery-store shelves, etc.

To repeat one of my very favorite sayings: People don’t plan to fail, people fail to plan. Believe me, a Plan A, a Plan B and a Plan C, D and E doesn’t hurt — it helps. In fact, planning can save you life.

By the time you read this you already should have enough food, water, medicine, pet needs, first-aid equipment, flashlights (NO, not candles), batteries, blankets, shovels, brooms, spare fuel and anything personal you will need for a minimum (yes, I said minimum) of four full days — five days if you can afford it.

I have lived in and traveled to places where storms have crippled a region for several days. Terrible things can happen in such a circumstance. People suffer distress. Sometimes we don’t find out about that distress until it is too late.

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Also, check on your neighbors and help each other. You kindness will come back to you tenfold.

To read Davey's tips for tree safety during winter weather, click here

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