This morning I watched the news and the broadcaster were talking about a storm moving into the Northeastern US. The storm was dumping snow and cities were being scaled down (or shut down). The new reporter stated that New Yorkers were being asked to shelter in place and that school had been shut down. Additionally, they were warning residents that a power outage could occur.
If you had to shelter in your home all day without power would you be mentally ready? Would you have activities the would pass the time? Adding a deck of cards or several board games to your supply cache could be helpful. Especially if you have children. They are readily available, and can be found cheap in stores and on line at places like Amazon.com
As spring approaches it is a good idea to pull out your plan and do any necessary revisions. Look at the numbers you have – Are they current? How about the addresses? Are the escape routes you have chosen going to be under construction this year? Are there things that can be changed to make the plan more viable?
Reviewing your plan should be an ongoing process! However, when the seasons change it is a good time for review.
Have you ran a drill recently? Anytime is a good time to check your plan and see it will still work.
Travelling during the winter can be fun. Many times storms will close down travel for hours or days.
I was caught in a storm tonight that close down travel. I was fortunate and was able to get a hotel room. However, there are many people stuck without rooms.
Having a plan about how to handle this type of situation is a good idea. It may mean the difference between and nice warm bed or the back seat of a car.
Does your plan have a section that applies to financial emergencies?
No one wants to think that they would let themselves be financial unstable. However, the markets could potentially do it for you. What would you do if; tomorrow you woke up and the USDollar was worth half of its worth from the day before.
It would be a good idea to have an idea, and plan, for dealing with this type of an event.
An emergency varies from person to person. A disaster generally will create emergencies for a large number of people.
The first part of emergency planning is defining what an emergency is for you. By coming up with a list of emergencies, you will be able to start planning for these events.
Disaster should also be part of the plan. However, plan for disasters that are likely to occur where you live.
Winter is not far away – thankfully. Are you ready?
Winter can present a great number of conditions that could lead to an emergency. Have you made provisions for these?
Do you know your community’s operations plan for emergencies? If not , you should.
If you are planning on the local / state / national government entities to restore services to you after an emergency you should inquire about the plan for making it happen.
There are many resources for preparedness information. One place to start is ready.gov
Where else have you found information? If you have found other places that would be helpful leave a website or link in the comments.
I was recently in a class and one of the other students made some shocking statements. He was part of an exercise in a metro city. The exercise was designed to test the what would happen if the electricity went down.
Long story – short, if a sub station went down it could be weeks before the electricity was back on. Apparently conductors are now being made over seas. Due to this the time to get a new one is 3 – 4 weeks.
Can you survive 3 weeks without electricity?