In the last few weeks there have been several natural disasters and a lot of talk on cnn about disaster clean up from the last year. I do not want to be on the news - ever because I was unprepared. I have always lived in this area and hurricanes are part of the life. I missed Ike, but got hit during Rita. Besides being prepared, I know that with my babies, without a doubt, I would evacuate.
We evacuated during Rita and I have no regrets. I will do it again. We know of a few places in Dallas and San Antonio that we could go. Problem is, during Rita (as a city we all learned a lot during Rita) if you don't leave early enough there is a lot of traffic and hotels fill up quickly. We know of a few other places to go that are either west or further north. You have to have a back up plan. We always have a plan B. and a plan c,d,e,f,g..... for everything. So, even though we plan to evacuate, you have to have a box of supplies ready to go in an instant.
At all times in my truck I keep:
- jumper cables
- first aid kits (always need to be kept re-supplied)
- toys (small tote, just in case)
- suit case with a spare full change of clothes for everyone (changes with each season)
- box with swim gear (swim suits, sunblock, towels, goggles, etc)
- Bottles of water
- Small box with car chargers for the game boy, kindle, cell phone, etc
- Picnic basket with plates, forks, spoons, cups
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities - in the drawer. Also, the knowledge to turn everything off! You may be surprised at the number of people (women's especially) who do not know this.
I dread having to evacuate, but I would hate to have to evacuate and not be ready. If I never need this stuff, it gives us some junk food for the pantry for the winter :)