This week's flooding of the Red River in North Dakota illustrates the effectiveness of planning and emergency response to incidents.
Here volunteers and National Guard Troops coordinate efforts to fill sand bags at the Fargo, North Dakota Dome to be placed out in the freezing cold blizzard conditions in the hopes of preventing even more damage to homes destroyed by the ice dam causing massive flooding.
This is a lesson to us all that you can be impacted by these events at times when you would least expect them. Time to take stock of our community and the kinds of disasters that could conceivably occur and consider what our response might be. We may not have many options in certain circumstances but to evacuate and hope you live in a community that still cares enough to work together for the common good.
Photos courtesy of US Coast Guard and Scott Olson/Getty Images.