Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anybody has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn't allow him to do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians.
--Alexander Hope

Stuck on Roof for Katrina

Saturday, January 24, 2009

First Blog

I never really considered being prepared at home until I went through Katrina. At the time I was the Facilities Director for a small hospice in New Orleans Louisiana. I am a building Engineer by trade but took this job to not only move up the management Ladder but I had a high regard for the hospice organizations after the help my family received when my Father was in the last stages of cancer, after that I thought of the organizations as a GODSEND, So I thought if I could help the community as well as make my living at it I wanted to give it a try. Well I’ve worked in hospitals before & didn’t like the politics that is usually involved, but this job seemed to be different. It was owned by a old gentleman who started one up after seeing the poor care his wife got when she was terminal & close to the end. Anyway to cut to the chase, when Katrina was coming as I’m getting ready to shut the place down & get out of Dodge I am notified by the Hospital Administrator that no one would be coming to transfer the Patients. I had to make a Big Decision, abandon them or bring my wife to the job & ride it out. My wife was not going to evacuate alone so she reluctantly came along. Well to make a long story short we were stuck on the roof of the building with minimal supplies for 3 days & lucked up and got to camp in the lobby of a hospital for another week before we could hitch a ride home and see if we had a house left.(just a tree sticking out of the roof) We didn’t get power restored for a month & had no preps at all .We made our minds up to never be in that position again. And that’s how our journey into prepping started……….


  1. man, that's a hard lesson learned,,,but it;ll never be forgotten i'm sure,,,,

  2. Wow, I feel for you! I saw all this on the news and thought at the time, God Bless the Brave and Kind People who didn't "get out of dodge", but stayed and helped the helpless. That's called learning the lesson the hard way. God Bless you for your selfless kindness acts, and your wife too! Take care and I hope life gets easier for you. I confess I should be more prepared for all this survival stuff, but I'm so drained by all the crap going on daily....I have been putting it off. I'll read your blog to get up to speed.