Remembering Sept. 11th

By Ventura Tounsel

A new generation has arrived. The children of 9/11 are now adults. Some lost parents on that day. Others lost siblings and friends. Some have served in the military or became first responders as a tribute to those who were lost.

Much like those who came of age as bombs were dropped at Pearl Harbor, the 9/11 Generation did not seek to grow up during war. Evil came to America and Americans responded. Not only our military, but also our citizens. You saw flags waving proudly as we supported those heading off to defend our nation.

But where have all the flags of September 11th gone?

We see our flag and patriotism make their traditional comebacks on Memorial Day, the 4th of July, and Veterans Day. We experience brief moments of unity following horrific terrorist attacks such as what occurred at the Boston Marathon or the Pulse nightclub. We have been inspired by the service of health care workers, volunteers and first responders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet those moments seem to be overshadowed by violence in our communities, vitriolic politics, and a questioning of America’s role as a beacon of hope and freedom.

Richard Santos was the national commander of The American Legion on September 11th, 2001. Shortly after the attacks, he penned a message that still resonates now.

“America continues to heal and it is our responsibility as veterans to tend to the wounds. Some will panic about the future; we must reassure them. Some will weep over a lost family member or friend; we must hold their hands. Some will be angry; we must temper their rage.”

That is a legacy that we can all create for those lost on 9/11. Healing, reassurance, and comfort. These qualities run counter to the inhumanity exhibited by a small group of terrorists that day. Combine these traits with a steadfast commitment to prepare and prevent future attacks, and we will truly be honoring all who were lost.
We must never forget.

It’s National Preparedness Month

By Charlotte Herdliska

September is upon us and now is a good time to plan ahead.

National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.”

Learn How. At you will find lots of helpful and practical information or, you can contact your local Fire Marshal for free literature and home safety surveys.

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid,**check your insurance policies and coverage (really important) for the hazards you may face, such as flood, storm damage (micro bursts), earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

The devastating hurricanes, floods and wildfires of 2020 and that continue in 2021 remind us of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, local residents will be the first ones in your community to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

Weekly Themes
Each week in September, the campaign will focus on a different aspect of preparedness for individuals, families and communities.

Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan
Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit
Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control.

Week 3 September 12-18: Prepare for Disasters
Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family. Know the risk of disasters in your area and check your insurance coverage. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards and act fast if you receive a local warning or alert.

Week 4 September 19-24: Teach Youth About Preparedness
Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved

Please contact your local Fire Marshal for free literature and home safety surveys.

Corona de Tucson Fire: 762-9370
Rincon Valley Fire: 762-0742

Corona Cares

Update and Call for Additional Volunteers

By Ellie Abraham, Program Coordinator

Neighbors helping Neighbors
Corona Cares has been serving the Corona de Tucson community for eleven years. The most requested service is transportation. During the pandemic, one-on-one services were suspended. Services resumed July 1, 2021. As a volunteer organization, the program is dependent on members of the community to donate their time to assist those in need.

At this time, Corona Cares is looking for volunteer drivers. We are looking for people who have time during the day Monday through Friday to provide transportation to and from medical appointments. We are able to provide a mileage reimbursement.

We are also in need of a coordinator assistant to aide in administration of the program.

Did you know that Corona Cares maintains an inventory of assistive devices to share with the community? These devices can be loaned out for short or long term use and in some cases for permanent use. We have:
Toilet riser & frame to aid in sitting/standing. Basic frame, seat & knee walkers. Basic & transport wheelchairs

We also have lock boxes for $30. The lock box installation includes a letter for the fire department to be filed with the Pima County 911 system.

If you have a need for any of these items, OR if you are interested in volunteering or know of anyone else who might be please contact:

Corona Cares at (520) 395-9327 Monday thru Friday between 9 a.m. & 3 p.m.

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