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October 24, 2006

Be prepared

GruntDoc posted an article about Americans not being prepared for disaster.

Unless you are in an area where disasters hits frequently (like Bou and VW), you don't really think about this stuff. No biggie. But it doesn't hurt to be prepared. So if you like me and have never really looked into being prepared, I am going to help you out a bit. Below are links to sites that list what to put in a "disaster kit". Based on what you should put in it, we should call it a disaster bin, trunk, or WBS (Whole Bunch o' Stuff).

Homeland Security

National Hurricane Center

Red Cross


One of my friends at work has an Emergency Envelope in each of his cars. He prepared these in response to 9/11 and the possibility of an attack on the city. I suppose the Dallas/Fort Worth area could be a prime target. The envelope includes emergency contacts, a meeting place with maps outlining various courses out of town, and some extra cash. They have picked a relative away from town so that if cell phones don't work they all know where to call to check in. And they all have an understanding that no matter what they do not come back for each other, but head straight for the designated meeting point. He has instructions very clear and consise. I don't think I will go to the extreme of documenting all of it, but I may put together a "cheat sheet" with contact numbers and addresses. Again, could not hurt....

Posted by on October 24, 2006 06:36 PM |


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