Saturday, December 22, 2007

Not Feeling Prepared At All

It's time for another quarterly emergency readiness check!

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.

There’s no excuse that will save you when an emergency actually happens, but I’m going to plead morning sickness, house-buying, packing, and moving for not accomplishing the one explicit goal that I’d listed last time. I didn’t actually get around to building a cache of prescription medication, so that goes back on the list for this quarter.

However, I did order a car survival kit for us and as gifts for family, so I’m pleased to make a little progress there. Originally, I ordered the Sequoia Kit so well reviewed by the ladies at the Full Mommy, but sadly, the company went out of business. I found another instead, from Quake Kare, and it’s amazing what they can get into a moderate sized red backpack: First aid pack, water and food rations, thermal blankets, rain ponchos, hand crank powered radio/flashlight, lightsticks, work gloves, and more.

We haven’t used any of the items (thank heavens), but it seems sound enough that I’ll probably get another one so that SwingDaddy has one in his car too.

Another project for the upcoming quarter is to familiarize myself with the local streets in our new neighborhood, so that I could navigate in case of road closures.

Yes, yes, it’s the holidays and you’re busy, but add one item to your to-do list to improve your emergency readiness. Put a shovel in the trunk of your car in case you have to dig your car out of the snow. Store some extra water. Do at least one thing. You and your family might need it some day.

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