How to Be Ready to Leave
Last week our area had strong storms and at one point a tornado watch was issued. Thankfully, my immediate area had lightning, some rains, and strong winds but no tornado.
However, it made me ask myself ...Am I prepared to leave or be out of the house if we have to?
I’ve been through a lot of hurricanes and have a list of what to do and how to prepare. But, with hurricanes you know it’s coming...you have days (usually) to prepare. Not so with a fire or flood, or a tornado or other emergency.
You may have only seconds to get you and others in the house out. Or if you're lucky, you’ll have enough time to grab a few necessary items.
Are you ready to leave?
Would you know what to take and would you know where everything you need is?
How to be ready to leave...
Think about what you would need if you had to be away from your home overnight or for a day or more.
The list should be tailored for your needs but could include:
-Your wallet/purse and identification. Cash and credit cards.
-Glasses or contacts
-Devices like your phone or laptop and external backup hard drives if you have them. You can always purchase extra chargers but if you have them handy it will make it easier to stay in touch with others.
-Car keys and other keys you’ll need. If you have a safe deposit box, for example, you’ll need this key.
-Important documents: these would be items like birth certificates and marriage licenses and insurance papers.
Proof of who you are is so important in getting other documents and licenses these days!
-Pets: I know you’ll remember them but have their leash or pet carrier handy too. You won’t want to risk their being running away in all of the excitement.
*I didn’t include items that you could buy if you needed them. These might be things like clothing and food.
Make a list of those items and where they are. Get in the habit of putting your purse and keys or wallet in the same place when you walk in the door, for example.
When the adrenalin kicks in and you need to evacuate you’ll need to be able to grab and go. You won’t have the time to try to remember what you need to grab or run around from room to room!
(When we thought a tornado might be on the way, I made sure that Larry’s wallet was in my purse ready to go.)
Put that list in a place where it will be easy to find. Put it on the fridge if you have to!
The most important thing to remember is that most things can be replaced. It may take some extra work and phone calls but you will replace them. YOU and your family members are more important.
If you need to leave...LEAVE!
In our heads, we all know what needs to go. We’ve walked through the scenario in our heads. That’s a good thing BUT don’t rely on that.