QOTW: Disaster Preparedness

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QOTW: Disaster Preparedness
Sun, 03-14-2010 - 9:40am
With all the recent national disasters going on around the world, are you and your family prepared in the event of an earthquake, flood, tornado, hurricane, etc? Do you have an escape plan set in? Do you have an emergency first aid kit and survival supplies in case you have to evacuate? Do you have shelter to go to in the event of an emergency?
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Sun, 03-14-2010 - 2:32pm

I could ready in a short amount of time but as for actually having it all ready today at this moment, no.

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Sun, 03-14-2010 - 10:31pm

I suppose I'm as ready as most, maybe readier than most since I have lived in both earthquake adn hurricane country before but... here is a lot more I could do. For example, we do not have a formal escape plan...

We do have an emergency first aid kit (2, in fact) and survival supplies for staying in this house.

Where we live (rural, not a flood plain), evacuation is hardly likely but odds are we would be either taking in BIL and his family or vice versa...

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Sun, 03-14-2010 - 10:33pm

I live with a step

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Registered: 11-16-2001
Sun, 03-14-2010 - 11:19pm

It's really difficult to prepare for an earthquake. If it's that bad, then you won't have a house and what was in the house would have been destroyed in the process.

We do have a first aid kit, and my mother is very good at having a month's supply of her meds, which are all in one place (and in one bag, too). I need to get some more emergency light but more because of blackouts than anything else.

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Registered: 10-16-2009
Mon, 03-15-2010 - 9:55am

Wow, excellent question...

You know we don't have an actual plan...

If a tornado warning was issued in our county then we could go get in the bathtub or if everyone was home we could go in crawl space under the house, there is a door outside to it... As far as a flood we would just have to follow the guidelines set by the county.

I do know (thanks to my DH Josh) that if Zombies attack there is a plan in place that involves us in the 4X4, armed, loading family members, to go to a remote location in the mountains. LOL!

Seriously though, if anything of a disatrous nature occured, Josh knows how to survive and I fully trust in him to help Rhiannon and I through it...

Great question!!!


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Mon, 03-15-2010 - 12:22pm
Blushing here... :P We live in "earthquake country" but do not have really any plans or supplies put away. We don't live directly on or near a major fault, so we just haven't ever done anything about it. We probably should, but we don't. ://





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Registered: 08-24-2009
Tue, 03-16-2010 - 7:53pm
Great question! We are slightly prepared, but not nearly as prepared as we should be. A neighbor is organizing a visit from a representative of the community emergency response team in our area to advise us all what we should be doing better.


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