Dear Aggie: preparing for disasters
How should a person handle a relationship in which the other person is physically and emotionally abusive?
Sincerely, Not A Bystander
Dear Not A Bystander,
Relationships are tricky even when they’re considered healthy.
But when the situation turns toxic, such as the one you’re inquiring about, the best way to handle it is to get out.
Physical and emotional abuses are not justifiable actions, and the results usually occur due to underlying disturbances.
The partner receiving the abuse is generally not the causer of the out lashes.
If you are having difficulty leaving your abusive relationship, you can reach out to trained advocates at the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-799-7233.
Do not be afraid to ask for help. Remember, you do not deserve the abuse you are receiving and you are worthy of much better.
I’m new to Oklahoma, and these storms and tornadoes are serious business. What’s the best way to be prepared?
Sincerely, I Need a Thunder Buddy
Dear I Need a Thunder Buddy,
Unfortunately thunderstorms in Oklahoma are as common as Fast and Furious sequels, but rest assured, severe weather safety tips are on the way.
The key to overcoming anxiety toward storms is to stay informed.
By researching how and why thunderstorms develop, you can reduce your weather willies.
Before venturing out for the day, check the local forecast to determine the threat of severe weather.
If severe storms are possible, have a safety plan handy by identifying a secure place to take shelter.
This hidey-hole might be a basement, cellar, safe room or any downstairs interior room away from windows.
If you are on campus, look for signs displaying a severe weather protection area.
While most storms will not require you to take shelter, it is wise to have a place in mind if you do need to take cover.
The key idea is to stay indoors. It may be tempting to venture out in your quest to re-create the famous kissing scene from “The Notebook,” but lightning could fry that dream.
Instead, find a friend to keep you company while you weather the storm.
For more information about tornado safety, visit the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/during.asp.
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