Do you have a written emergency plan? Do you know what you will do if faced with an hour to get out of your house?
Wait a minute, Sallie! I thought this was supposed to be a quiet place.
Yes, it is. There is nothing as quiet and simple as knowing you are prepared for an emergency.
Watching the devastation in Iowa has reminded me that I need to update our written evacuation plan. Yes, we have a written plan. I’ve written down what we need to get in each room of the house if we are ever forced with an evacuation. The down side is that I haven’t updated it since Caroline was born and it is completely out of date. I will be updating it this weekend.
Think it won’t happen where you live? Maybe not a flood. Chemical accident from a train derailment? Live anywhere near the New Madrid Fault? Ever read about the past New Madrid earthquakes that shook a significant part of the US and is expected to happen again? Tornadoes? Hurricanes?
No, we can’t plan for every eventuality. But we can plan to the best of our ability. When there is a crisis and you have stored water, you can be a blessing to others instead of another person in need. Think you won’t be without water? We had a water main break here last year and we were without water for three days and on a boil water advisory for a few more. That can happen almost anywhere.
I can guarantee you that probably 99% of the Iowans who are losing everything in the floods never thought it would happen to them. From what I have read, most of them don’t even have flood insurance because it was such an improbability.
The time to think about what you need to take with you is not when you are in a daze and told you have an hour to get out. The stress is too much at that point. You need a list that you can go through. Give yourself a plan with five minutes in each room and know what you will grab. Know what will go in each suitcase or bag or tote. Know what will fit in the car. Have a plan. Think about it. Write it down. Make sure everyone in the house understands the plan and could implement it if you weren’t there for some reason.
Make a plan.