What I wrote in November 2013

18 Nov
Tiergarten. Berlin, Beginning of Nov. 2012

Tiergarten. Berlin,
Beginning of Nov. 2012

One year ago we were visiting Berlin. For two months we stayed in one of the high-rise apartment buildings in Hansa Viertel, right in the centre of Berlin with the Tiergarten at our doorstep. We would usually go for an early morning walk in this beautiful Tiergarten. The above picture we probably took around the 2nd of November when our stay in Berlin was nearing its end.

In Berlin,  the first and second of November would not have been any special days for us. Unless you were Catholic, you would not think of All Saints and All Souls. In some parts of Germany the 31st of October is a holiday to celebrate Reformation Day. But in Berlin even the 31st of October is not a holiday.

Gaby, our daughter passed away last year. When we light a candle, we remember her. We also remember a great number of other departed. Nearly everyone who has been older than we are, has passed away by now. After all,  both Peter and I are in our late seventies by now. There are not all that many people around who are older than we are. We always think we might be the next ones to leave!

Do we have special needs in an emergency? This question came up recently when large areas of New South Wales experienced very hot conditions and fast spreading fires. Peter copied for us from the internet a plan for an emergency during a HEATWAVE. It said: “ABC Emergency delivers official warnings and alerts and publishes emergency coverage sourced form ABC Local Radio and ABC News.”

Here is a list of some of the things we should have prepared in our SURVIVAL KIT:

BATTERY-OPERATED RADIO (WITH SPARE BATTERIES)
Torch (with spare batteries)
Strong shoes, gumboots, leather gloves and overalls
First aid kit and medications we need
A change of clothes, toiletry and sanitary supplies
Water in sealed containers – ten litres per person (for three days)
Three days supply of canned food (plus can opener and utensils)
Pillows and blankets (woollen and thermal)
Mobile phone and charger
Strong plastic bags (for clothing, valuables, documents, and photos)
Spare car and house keys

Several Emergency Services are mentioned that can be of help.

Here is what we should do before a HEATWAVE:

Stay hydrated – it’s recommended to drink two to three litres of water and to avoid alcohol and caffeine
Dress light

Check on family and friends – twice a day
Avoid exposure to the sun
Get your home ready – draw curtains, blinds, awnings at the start of the day to keep the sun out
Seek air-conditioning in a shopping centre, library or other public place. (We do not have air-conditioning)
Fans can also provide relief (We do have fans.)

During a HEATWAVE we should phone for assistance immediately if we show any symptoms of heat stress including extremely heavy sweating, headache and vomiting, confusion, swollen tongue

After a Heatwave we should be careful of falling tree limbs – they can be a hazard during periods of extended high temperatures.

2 Responses to “What I wrote in November 2013”

  1. giselzitrone November 18, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    Danke liebe Ute ich war im Krankenhaus bin gestern erst rausgekommen geht mir aber soweit wieder gut, hoffe dir auch lieber Gruß von mir und einen glücklichen Tag Gislinde

    • auntyuta November 18, 2014 at 10:59 pm #

      Wie schön, liebe Gislinde, dass es dir soweit wieder gut geht. Sicher bist du nun sehr froh wieder zu Hause zu sein. Wir haben eine erlebnisreiche Woche hinter uns. Unsere jüngste Tochter wird bald 36 Jahre alt. Nun ist sie überglücklich, dass sie dieses Jahr einen Universitätsabschluss machen konnte. Wir haben mit ihr letzte Woche gebürend gefeiert!
      Bleib wohlauf, liebe Gislinde und sei lieb gegrüsst von
      Uta 🙂

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