This Week...Being Prepared

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This Week...Being Prepared


Houston dodged a bullet this week and Hurricane Laura headed east. Sadly there are many who did not fare as well. 




One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. Arthur Ashe

If you can, please consider giving what you can to those who have been impacted. Even for those who still have a home, they may have been temporarily displaced and/or are without food and water.



To be prepared is half the victory. Miguel de Cervantes

This week reinforced the importance of being prepared. I’ve lived most of my life in a hurricane-prone area and have gone through hurricanes in Houston, Delray Beach and the Bahamas. 




By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Benjamin Franklin

What I’ve learned is that if you want to minimize the stress that comes with a hurricane or most any other serious event, do everything you can do to be prepared. 



Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.    Abraham Lincoln




Have a wonderful weekend!



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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Nothing could prepare those in the path of the storm except evacuation based on the video I have seen. May the recovery be quick! Enjoy your day!

Aug 29, 2020 05:08 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

As usual south Florida is send aid to the folks that need it. Plus adding prayers for those lost in the storm.

Aug 29, 2020 05:46 AM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely post with a wonderful selection of quotes.  Preparation is getting ahead of whatever the day has to offer.  I find meditation does that.  A

Aug 29, 2020 05:49 AM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

I saw different pictures and videos of the devastation left by Laura. Not sure if you can ever be prepared fully for that kind of disaster other than to leave the area. Sad and scary.

Aug 29, 2020 06:39 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - the Abraham Lincoln quote is an appropriate one during this time.  Actually, anytime.  These times or similar ones do seem to be a part of everyday life reinforcing the importance of preparation.  

Aug 29, 2020 07:01 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Prep is a big deal, Kathy. We thought of you throughout the coverage. I'm sorry for those who were impacted by the hurricane, but very relieved you and Larry were not in its path.  

I also practice getting ahead of events, it helps with the outcome. 

Aug 29, 2020 07:07 AM #7
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The world is so beautiful and at the same time can be so destructive.  I cannot even imagine living in a place where one has to routinely prepare for such devastation to possibly occur.

Aug 29, 2020 07:10 AM #8
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a great selection of quotes, Kathy, on the importance of being prepared. As a Girl Scout I've never forgotten their motto of "be prepared." It's held me in good stead throughout my life.

Aug 29, 2020 07:37 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy Streib - this is true for any type of disaster warning.  It is best to prepare for the worst.

Aug 29, 2020 07:38 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Thanks Kathy for sharing these quotes with us today and glad you dodge a bullet.


Aug 29, 2020 07:47 AM #11
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

Loved Arthur Ashe's quote.   Thoughtful post..thank you!

Aug 29, 2020 03:39 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kat Palmiotti When we lived in FL I'd begin buying a case of water every time I went to the store at the beginning of hurricane season. At least I didn't have to rush at the last minute to buy it. 

I agree Wayne Martin When we lived in Delray, we considered leaving but with very few escape routes, we did not want to get stuck on 95 or 75 without gas or shelter. 

Aug 29, 2020 06:46 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz no power in this heat...has to be unbearable. 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel meditation is another way of are getting prepared for the day. 

Sharon Lee and so you get prepared to leave. That's the hardest thing to do. 

Aug 29, 2020 06:51 PM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Michael Jacobs it is a favorite of mine. 

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD because we had prepared I know that we slept better while Laura was making landfall. 

Aug 29, 2020 06:55 PM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Brian England it could be worse. At least with hurricanes we have some notice! 

Nina Hollander I was a Girl Scout too!!! I'll bet we could make a duet singing the Brownie Song!

Grant Schneider if you can prepare for whatever in your, school, personal're stress level goes down. 

Aug 29, 2020 06:58 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy glad you dodged the big one and I am all about preparation learned it at USMA, Airborne School and Ranger School what you practice is what you will do in an emergency...Endre

Aug 29, 2020 10:26 PM #17
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I like your collection of photo art and accompanying quotes, Kathy!  I hope you are enjoying the weekend!

Aug 29, 2020 11:36 PM #18
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy,

Just love seeing the photos you provide to us, very well done.  Laura was supposed to hit us, but she turned right and we didn't get one drop.  

Aug 30, 2020 12:26 AM #19
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy both of my sons are Eagle Scouts so we have been programed to always be prepared.

Aug 30, 2020 04:26 PM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

Preparation is key in so many's much better to be proactive than reactive.

These were great quotes - thanks!


Aug 30, 2020 05:04 PM #21
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