emergency preparedness

Author: angiem, 01 18th, 2012

I’m anxious by nature. When I read that part of the licensing requirements for my business is having an emergency evacuation plan in order, and emergency supplies for all at the ready, I couldn’t prepare them fast enough. The day after the earthquake in Japan, I went through every single item just to make sure that nothing was missing. And now I have a suitcase under my bed packed with a three day supply of clothing, first aid kit, flashlight, important phone numbers and copies of documents, as well as dried, packaged food. As the seasons change, the clothing changes of course, and the expiration dates on perishables are checked to ascertain that they last another six months.

And then there are the drills. But that’s a whole other post.

So, how about you? How prepared are you for an emergency?

(You all know how much I LOVE making lists. If there is any interest in what to pack and/or how to plan an evacuation, shoot me an email.)


21 Responses to “emergency preparedness”

  1. Evelina Says:

    I’m rolling my eyes…. Just kidding!!!! Your right it’s important to be prepared for any emergency. I’m interested in that list. I don’t have a clue on what to pack or how to evacuate.

  2. Susan Says:

    Let’em laugh. I’m prepared. I’ve been in one too many emergencies & have had to leave - with a cat - for other parts. I’ve known far too many people who have been in emergencies, too.

    I have stuff to endure in situ. I have plans with friends in the area about who should go where next emergency. It’s always the “laughers” who end up putting everyone else at risk. Do I sound humorless? I feel humorless. So I’ll put in a smiley:)


  3. Mary Moon Says:

    Goodness! I am not prepared at all for an emergency unless it was the sort where I had to eat my chickens. I guess.
    We’re all so different, aren’t we?

  4. Diane Says:

    I am probably the opposite of preparedness. I did not even have a bag packed to take with me to the hospital when I had my kids. I figured they’d have everything I needed there….. We had to stop on the way to the hospital to buy a disposable camera. We forgot ours. Probably TMI…. Hugs sweet gal! :O)

  5. Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita Says:

    I have to say, not that prepared at all! And in this day and age, we really should be. Maybe you could help us with your plans/list in another post so you don’t get flooded with e-mails?

  6. Ava Says:

    Good for you! Wish I was organized enough to do that. I keep a stash of emergency chocolate in my car. But I guess that doesn’t count lol.

  7. Ruth Says:

    Angie, I guess because I work in the public sector, I know that emergency planning and response is crucial. Part of it has to do with the fact that i live and work near the famed San Andreas fault and high fire danger areas. I used to think, probably due to how I was taught to believe, that you “leave it all in God’s hands”. Now I think that God gave me my own hands. My emergency kit consists of a packed bag that stays in my car trunk. It has clothes, shoes, winter gear, and my emergency binder with numbers to report to in case of something. Your post reminded me to verify my food/water! At home it’s a little more spread out…not everything is in one place as would be ideal, but important documents are packed in one spot, food and water are saved in another. Ideally it should be all in one basket or bag to grab in case of anything. You would not believe how just about every year one neighborhood or community gets mandatory evacuations here in California. One year my mother in laws house was threatened by fire, another it was by brother in laws house…both times evacuations were in order. My brother in laws houses deck was singed by a fire. One of my own brothers was working as an in home caregiver during another fire that threatened their neighborhood. I tell you the earthquakes are nothing compared to fires. In my opinion its best to be prepared because it puts less stress on those you care for if you can be prepared. And less stain on available resources. The lines of traffic and empty stores are very real!

  8. Jena Says:

    When I was in college I was renting a house on campus with friends and one night an electrical fire started in the walls. It was the scariest I’ve ever experienced!! We barely got out alive!! Since then I keep a backpack with water food and a change of clothes in the trunk of my car. Put up that list and don’t worry about those who laugh and roll eyes.

  9. Susan Tiner Says:

    I’m like you Angie, very prepared, except for the clothes that should be by the bed to get out of the house in quickly. I keep meaning to set that up. Otherwise, everything else is in the trunk of the car.

  10. Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem Says:

    Were our a Girl Scout? I was. We’re always prepared for anything! Well in my mind at least!

  11. Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem Says:

    That meant to say ‘Were you a Girl Scout’!.

  12. bunny Says:

    Hi Angie,
    I think you make a great point and it is being a good mom to think about safety and being prepared incase of an emergency. I’m such a worrier…we have a meeting spot out in our backyard near the playground incase of a fire….I worry too much :(
    Glad to know I’m not alone and your post is very helpful
    wishing you a wonderful new year

  13. Be Inspired! - Susa Says:

    I try to be on the top of things if something happened, because having been to some tough events, it usually happens super fast. But then, as I also have a tendency to be anxious, and so I have to go on and make an effort to just live… and trust God to guard when I fail!

  14. Be Inspired! Says:

    Oh, and thank you for the Etsy tip!!!!!! I’ll do it, I am sure - thank to you Angie! This is peer support;) Lova ‘ya!

  15. Susan R. Mills Says:

    I probably should be more prepared. Sadly, we haven’t even ever had a fire drill at my house. I hope my teenage children are smart enough to find a way out, but I can’t count on that. I think I’ll organize a drill this week. Thanks for the push.

  16. Cindy L Says:

    I’m totally with you, and I don’t think you are paranoid. I think we are better prepared when we have a wee bit of anxiety or concern about the “what ifs” … it’s all a matter of keeping it in balance, and taking risks sometimes, too.

  17. Gina Says:

    This is a great idea!! I have a backpack packed and in the trunk of my car just in case… No food or water yet… Will have to get to that!!

  18. Christie B. Says:

    We’re pretty darn prepared at our house too. One of the items we keep in our packs…I have a plastic baggie with $100 in $1 bills. I figure that if something big happens, I don’t want to be handing out a 10 dollar bill for a bottle of water (or whatever the need might be).

    This is a great post!

  19. Francesca Says:

    I’m not prepared at all - but I spend a lot of energy and time being prepared for my daughter’s medical emergencies, and have no mental or physical energy left for any other kind of emergency.

  20. audrey Says:

    Angie, I am not prepared, not one little bit. It never even occurred to me. while reading your post I began to see this…yup I am one of the ones you have thinking now… thanks for this!

    and thank you for the beautiful messages you have left for me. I am looking forward to connecting again!


    sending lots of love and hugs!

  21. Relyn Says:

    Yes, please. I am defnitely interested in a list. I am SO not one to plan ahead for emergencies. Not a bit. But, my husband has really been feeling as though we should. So, your list would be a real blessing. Thanks, friend.

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