My friend Alecia, from Savings & Stewardship, recently had to evacuate her home!
I was really worried about her and her family. I have never known anyone who had to evacuate their home.
So many odd weather things happening lately – earthquakes in parts of the country that aren’t used to them, flooding, wild fires, hurricanes – it’s nuts!
As Alecia was preparing for the possibility of a flood or an evacuation, I would receive emails about how her family was handling it.
She has 2 very young, precious daughters and they were of course confused during the whole thing!
She was packing her house as though they were moving, in fact, she was moving – upstairs! To get everything off the bottom floor!
She said the last time the house had flooded many years ago, it had risen to the 2nd floor!
Well, finally the word came that they had to evacuate, so they packed up the kids and headed out to a road that was very slow moving due to everyone being on the road trying to leave at the same time. Ugh!
She went to stay with family and finally got the word that their home was safe, no flooding hit it, but, then there were rumors of looting!
It all ended well, they had a few days to visit nearby family, they arrived home to a non-flooded, un-looted home! Now came the job of unpacking – but, everything was safe and sound!
It hit home with me though. What would we take, what would we leave? Where would we go? Do you have a plan?
I remember as a kid, we had a fire plan – where we would go, how to get out of the house in case of fire.
But, what about now? What if you needed to stay in your home, but had no electricity? Would you have everything you needed? Could you find what you needed in the dark?
Or stuck in your car in a snow storm? Is your car stocked with emergency supplies?
You can check out the new Readiness Challenge – an online emergency simulation – a tornado tears through the city, knocking out power and jamming phone lines – that forces you to make quick decisions at every turn.
You can also check out My Meeting Place Facebook application and other materials to help you get started on your emergency plans.
I was sent a Preparedness Kit to help get my family prepared!
- Go-Kit Bag
- Pocket Radio
- First-Aid Kit
- Worker’s Gloves
- Light Sticks
- Emergency Blankets
- ($50 value)
Make sure you have all you need BEFORE the situation arises, so that you don’t have to fight the crowds at the store, or brave streets that may not be in good condition!