I battled Hurricane Harvey . . . and lost.

Well, it’s been a long while since I have posted . . . anything!  Sorry for being MIA.  The past few years have been kinda crazy.   And the past six months have been even crazier.

For many years, I’ve helped organizations, both large and small, prepare for natural disasters.  But, this is the first time I had to prepare my family for a disaster.  In the early morning hours on September 24th (a few days before Hurricane Harvey was due to hit Houston) I packed up the car and drove my three young girls out of harms way to my dad’s house outside of Austin.  My husband stayed behind to help prepare our home for the storm.

I was able to continue running my business (which is part of my contingency plan!) and my girls were safe and sound.  All the time, I was thinking, we got this. We won’t flood.  Our house was built in 1954 and really never flooded.  They were making improvements along the Bayou and the Medical Center (close to where we live) had rebuilt itself better and stronger after our last major tropical storm.

And then we flooded.  Harvey blew in almost 50″ of rain over a 3-day period – drenching most of Houston and the surrounding counties.  It was a mess.  And our home was destroyed in those few, short days.

We lost most everything, including quite a bit of memorialbilia.  That hurt the most.  The clean up process was beyond tedious, but we had help from neighbors, friends and family . . . and a few strangers.  For the past five months, we have thought and re-thought about what we should do.  In the end, we decided to stay.  A lot of our neighbors are still not back. So, there’s a strange calm that rests in our neighborhood now.

All in all, we are stronger because of the storm – silly to say, I know. But, it’s true.  We’ve learned that we can handle most anything if we stay steady and on course.  This is easier said than done.  And we veered off course many, many times.

What did I learn from all of this mess?  

I learned that resilience is key to managing through any disaster.  And it pays to have a good plan in place – just in case you need it, because chances are . . . you will need it.

And I learned that when it rains (in Houston), chances are it is going to pour! (Sorry, couldn’t resist).

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