I have been a ‘wanderer’ most of my life. As a result, I learned when very young the importance of carrying basic necessities in my carry-all. I never knew when I would be stuck in an airport, in some out-of-the-way place, or in a primitive area where necessities were scarce. I also learned how to improvise or do without.
I became passionate about emergency preparation as a result of seeing the problems created by the Marysville-Yuba City floods in 1955. Since then, I’ve experienced three earthquakes, two major floods, and one volcanic eruption first-hand. I’ve served as a first responder, volunteer, and as a member of CERT. Currently, I’m a CERT instructor in the Tacoma-Gig Harbor area.
My education as an emergency preparation specialist has come from hands-on experience as well as classroom training through FEMA/Citizens Corp.
An ardent advocate of emergency preparedness, I am eager to share my knowledge with anyone who will listen…or to convert those who don’t wish to listen!
I’m a freelance writer, public speaker, and substitute teacher. In my spare time, I’m a veracious reader, love to sea-kayak among whales and am an avid genealogist.
Currently, I live on a small island in the Puget Sound, Washington State, but my bags are always packed in case an adventure beckons. Once a wanderer, always a wanderer.