Monday, October 02, 2006

Not Totally Unprepared

Happy Autumnal Equinox! It's time for our quarterly emergency readiness check again. Yes, I know that I'm almost two weeks late, but I was in New York on the 21st, which is an excellent city in which to be reminded of the importance of home safety preparations, but not a good place to do anything about it, since I wasn't actually at home.

Sometimes emergency plans look so daunting that it's easier to do nothing. So, my goal is small – just to make our kits and plans a little better once each season, and make us less totally unprepared. For instance do you have the phone number of your insurance number handy? Heck, do you know the name of your insurance company? Make sure you have that stuff!

It is important to have a flashlight.

Last quarter, I stocked up some water purification tablets and started a list of what we should take in case of evacuation. I came up with a reasonable list, but it would still have taken too much time to find all the things that were on it. My new project will help take care of that problem. I'm going to make Go-bags for SwingDaddy and me.

What is a Go-bag? It's a backpack or easy to carry container filled with the things you need if you much evacuate immediately. I figure Q's diaper bag is basically a go-bag for him already, so I'm just going to work on two for this round.

I'm using our existing backpacks, since we very rarely use them now and they're just sitting in a closet. I've added jeans and t-shirts (rescued from our donate-to- charity pile) and will add to the bags in the upcoming weeks. The excellent Are You Prepared? site suggested including the standards of flashlight and radio, as well as emergency cash in small denominations, photos for family members for re-identification purposes, extra keys to your house, medications, and other critical items. I highly recommend checking out the site, whether you live in earthquake country, hurricane territory, or anywhere else.

I wish we could raid the contraband bin at airport security for things like spare pocket knives and toothpaste, since it seems silly to buy those when there are thousands somewhere, doing nothing but keeping company with other confiscated items. I'm going to do my best to find things around the house that we already have, instead of purchasing new. I'll let you know how it goes!

Mommy, may I use your purse as my Go-bag?

Thinking forward to the next emergency refresh in December: If you need to rotate the canned food in your supply, holiday food drives are a good way to clear out your current stock (of still-good food) and replace with newer preferences.


Waya said...

You're freaking me out but this is a good wake-up call to be prepare. We don't sit down and think about this but you're right. What happens if there's a fire. I wouldn't know what to grab second after my children of course.

Bob said...

Good photos that tie in with the emergency kits

Binkytown said...

This is smart. My husb is obsessed about bird flu and has started a little emergency stockpile. I'm sending him that link!

Suzanne said...

Thanks for the info -- I know that I should be assembling something like this, but I never do. Even though the area I live in isn't prone to natural disasters, that doesn't mean we may not need to evacuate some day.

At least I do know the name of our insurance company....

Lady M said...

Don't panic! Just pick one small thing to do this month, like get bottled water.

penelopeto said...

the huz, who is totally not a paranoid person, insists that we need an emergency suppy kit to keep in the cold cellar in the basement. water, canned food, flashlight, beer...

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