Saturday, June 23, 2007

I Can See Clearly Now

Happy Summer Solstice (a little late)! It's time for another quarterly emergency readiness check, and I've run out of ways to rephrase its purpose. Instead, I'll rely on a quote from the last one:

Sometimes emergency plans look so daunting that it's easier to do nothing. So, my goals are modest. I'm going to do a few small things each season to put us in better shape to handle an emergency.


I've written about the "Go Bag" before, the sack you grab on the way out of your house during an emergency. It should hold some warm clothes, local maps, flashlight, cash, something to eat, and copies of important papers. I got a start on the bags a few months ago, but they're definitely incomplete.

For this quarter's check, I'm going to make copies of our passports, birth certificates, and some other key documents, like our home owner's insurance policy, seal them in a Ziploc to protect them from water, and stash them in the Go Bag. More great info at 72hours.org.

I'm also making one change that isn't really an emergency prevention action, but is aimed at reducing waste. I've gotten a few reusable grocery bags, in the hopes of halving the number of plastic bags that come into the house this month. Next month, we'll try to reduce that further. I'm leaving the cloth bags in the car so that I don't forget to take them to the store.

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On an unrelated topic, I got my car washed for the first time in about six months and I hadn't realized quite how dirty it had gotten. I was actually stunned, looking through the windshield at how sharp and clear everything looked. I'd been peering out of my safe cocoon of a car, not realizing how much my view was obstructed by dirt.

5 comments:

fourthbreakfast said...

I've been using the reusable grocery bags for about half a year now. It takes a while to remember to bring the darn bags into the store from the car. At Raley's, they give you 5 cents for every bag you bring in.

Damselfly said...

What a great idea! Except I'd probably need a go tractor-trailer!

dancing dragon said...

I got some reusable grocery bags last year on Earth Day. I had to put them in the car too, and remember to put them back in the car. Yay, for more people reducing waste!

Lady M said...

The tricker thing is to try to use reusable bags at places other than the grocery store too. I don't usually carry a fabric bag to the mall, but maybe I'll start doing that!

ewe are here said...

I keep a couple of canvas grocery bags hanging from the strollers at all times, because I know I'll frequently be supplemental shopping or just plain shopping in the second hand shops on our outings...

I also try hard to bring bags back with me to the grocery store, but don't always succeed on that one...