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September Captain’s Call

September Captain’s Call


Primarily, we help spouses and families with
their transition onto base with getting them hooked up with child care, helping them get
kids registered for school. Even helping them, you know, find out what
housing is like and all the different resources. We can also help connect families to resources
if they’re having issues. Whether that’s some counseling with Family
Advocacy or help from Navy/Marine Corps Relief, volunteer opportunities, job opportunities,
things going on on base. We try to be in regular contact with our families
to make sure that they’re always in the loop. So the Blessing of the Animals or Blessing
of the Pets. It’s something that the historic church is
observed for hundreds of years going all the way back to 1200s with Saint Francis who was
the patron saint of animals and the environment. And so, it’s a time for everyone to bring
your pets to the chapel. It’s going to be on September 30th at 9:30. It’s a wonderful time. Essentially, the blessing of the animal is
an understanding and recognition of how all the creatures and animals and humans are intrinsically
connected to one another. We actually have a list today. Just a basic list pulled of a website online
that the CNIC recommended and I’m going to talk a little bit about those. And it’s like you were saying. You got your water, you got your food. So how much water do you need? It is one gallon per person per day for at
least three days. So if it’s just me, three gallons of water. MREs. Everybody knows MREs but if you choose to
go the other route. Choose to get canned food, which is not a
bad idea, you must remember to add to your kit an can opener. That is very crucial. First Aid kit, flashlights, radio, batteries. Batteries are very important. Both of those electronics, the flashlight
and radios. If they don’t have any power, they’re pretty
much useless. Another thing to remember to add to that is
a local map. If we have a disaster, the odds of the internet
working or cell phones working, Google Maps will be down. So, if you already printed out something off
an online. Slip it into your kit. You’re already set that way. Important documents to add into your kit will
be passport, wills, power of attorneys, social security cards. All of those items you got to keep a part
of your plan. A part of your disaster kit. And another thing to keep in mind is the odds
of the banks being open, in case of an emergency, probably not. ATMs could be down. So cash, money talks. You have to have that stuff. Personally I have $200 put aside. Every family has their own different budget,
their own different finances. Money is important. Now when we talk about planning, some people
have infants, babies, pets, children. You have to think about all of those items. Infant supplies, diapers, you got formulas. Pets supplies, just dog food. Some people like ‘Well yeah I got my three
gallons of water and I got my food.’ But what about your pet? Can’t forget whether there’s a dog, cat. Child supplies. We probably won’t have internet. Probably won’t have power. Need something for them to do. So they don’t drive you crazy. Games, coloring books, some cards, whatever. Another one is prescriptions, it’s one of
the most things that as you’re making your plans, you’re thinking about it. Why? Take this medicine everyday, I take this vitamin
everyday. I’m not telling you to put it in your kit. Now, part of your plan will be grab that.


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