My Christmas song

As we celebrate another Christmas season, we as responders pray that it will be one filled with cheer, a renewed commitment to helping our fellow man; and with worship, as we once more celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.

However, our reality presents a slightly different picture, and that is a reality, which suggests that at some point during this Christmas period, a tragedy will occur. Where, when, and what type is still to be discovered.

Two years ago, in one of my columns I wrote that if one were to give “disasters” or “hazards” a personality, one would say that they had an annoying habit of “acting up” at the most inopportune of times. One could also say that they would wait until we are the least prepared to cause the greatest amount of anxiety in a person’s life? – that is, if they had a personality but they don’t.

Recently, I have had to rethink my opinion about whether or not a hazard could have a personality, and if it did, would it also have a sense of humour? In this regard, I think I can say without fear of contradiction, which due to an extremely rare opportunity that I have found a hazard that had a personality and also a sense of humour.

This hazard can also write Christmas music. The following was dictated to me by the hazard and I hope you will enjoy the light humour of this song. The melody is similar to the Twelve Days of Christmas and I hope you will be able to sing it and share with your friends and families.

* On the first day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, a galvanise sheet in my backyard;

* On the second day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, two dead batteries and a galvanise sheet in my backyard;

* On the third day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, three big rocks in my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanise sheet in my backyard;

* On the fourth day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, four broken bones, three big rocks in my living room, my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanise sheet in my backyard;

* On the fifth day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, five hurricanes, four broken bones, three big rocks in my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanise sheet in my backyard;

* On the sixth day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, six flooded rooms, five hurricanes, four broken bones, three big rocks in my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanise sheet in my backyard;

* On the seventh day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, seven rolls of tarp, six flooded rooms, five hurricanes, four broken bones, three big rocks in my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanise sheet in my backyard;

* On the eighth day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, eight roofless houses, seven rolls of tarp, six flooded rooms, five hurricanes, four broken bones, three big rocks in my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanise sheet in my backyard;

* On the ninth day of day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, nine first responders, eight roofless houses, seven rolls of tarp, six flooded rooms, five hurricanes, four broken bones, three big rocks in my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanise sheet in my backyard;

* On the tenth day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, ten false warnings, nine first responders, eight roofless houses, seven rolls of tarp, six flooded rooms, five hurricanes, four broken bones, three big rocks in my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanize sheet in my backyard;

* On the eleventh day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, eleven crowded shelters, ten false warnings, nine first responders, eight roofless houses, seven rolls of tarp, six flooded rooms, five hurricanes, four broken bones, three big rocks in my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanize sheet in my backyard;

* On the twelfth day of Christmas, a hazard gave to me, twelve nights of darkness, eleven crowded shelters, ten false warnings, nine first responders, eight roofless houses, seven rolls of tarp, six flooded rooms, five hurricanes, four broken bones, three big rocks in my living room, two dead batteries and a galvanize sheet in my backyard;

To all my readers, please accept my best wishes for this Christmas season. I hope all of your dreams and wishes come true, and that you will meet the New Year safe. As you once more share the in the moment of worship and merriment, that you do so in moderation. I sincerely hope that you will also be mindful of your safety and that of others.

I am thankful for the support and encouragement that you have given me this year, and I hope that what I have been sharing with you has been of benefit, and that you have been able to use some of what I have presented to improve your personal level of preparedness planning.

Merry Christmas to you.

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