A few years ago, a devastating wind storm swept through our area. Many were left without power for days. Grocery stores were closed and forced to throw away food that could not be kept cold. Restaurants were closed. Gas stations were closed. It seemed so unreal. At that time, I managed an apartment complex that housed college students. They were unprepared. I spent an entire day driving to the nearest city with power in an effort to purchase food that we could cook for the residents on the grills at the complex.
We have spent the past few months discussing emergency preparedness in our home. What if another wind storm swept through? What if the power goes out in the middle of a snow storm? What if? Hadn't we learned anything? Why had we waited so long to prepare. So, we set to work. When I first began to review the supplies checklist recommended by FEMA - I was surprised and a little embarrassed that I didn't readily have the necessary items. Dan has always kept us supplied on batteries, flashlights and first aid kits. However, our food and water supply would be insufficient in the event of an emergency.
We've organized. We've talked. We've made our checklist, gathered our supplies and made a plan. I'm happy to say that we are now prepared. Everyone knows what items need to be packed, grabbed and left behind in the event of an emergency.
Need to begin preparing? Visit www.ready.gov/kids to help get your family involved and prepared!