Here we are again with another huge storm threatening millions of people in the Caribbean, South Florida, and other areas. Hurricane Irma reminds me of Hurricane Andrew from 1992. It is already a category 5 storm. Andrew destroyed parts of southern Florida. My father died on his way to help people who were impacted by Hurricane Andrew. It is hard to believe that he has been gone for twenty-five years.
This morning I was watching the news and people are being evacuation in Oregon because of forest fires. One person being interviewed said that they were used to this sort of thing. They had their “Go Bag” ready and they could leave at a moment’s notice.
We never know when we could be affected by fire, flood, train crash, explosions of chemical plants, or other disaster. People in Houston were not expecting 50-60 inches of rain. The eye of that storm hit 200 miles away from them. I did my best to warn my FlyBabies of the impending disaster in Houston and Louisiana. No one could believe the forecast. Please be aware of what is happening with this storm. Be ready with your “Go Bag”!
Let’s think about what goes in your “Go Bag”. The Red Cross has a great page with the essentials for your “Go Bag”. There are two types of emergencies; Get the heck out of Dodge or Hunker Down.
I keep my list in my Control Journal which is in my office in a bag. My important papers are in this my office in a bag too. I also have a back pack in my car with essentials. We have a shelf in the basement that is for our Hunker Down Emergency. On this shelf we have tarps to repair a damaged roof, water to drink, crank radio, duct tape, and food.
Here is a link to my list. FlyLady’s 11 Points of Preparedness. Here are some things to think about. Full list is above.
- Purses and Petrol(fuel)
- Proper clothing
- Planner, Calendar, Control Journal
- Personal Protection; Feminine
- Phones, Radios, and Fuel
Start pulling these items together even if you are not in harm’s way! We never know when will will be called upon to “Get the Heck out of Dodge” or “Hunker Down”! Be prepared for what ever comes your way! You will be calm as a cucumber when you are ready!
Here are two great testimonials about being prepared.