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Does Your Household Have an Emergency Plan?

It occurred to me today, while I was listening to the 9/11 coverage on NPR, that my household really has no solid plan in case of an emergency. While earthquakes and wildfires are probably the two biggest dangers we face in our neighborhood, my husband and I haven't figured out an emergency plan, and that's definitely a mistake. Whether you're concerned about natural disasters, a burglary, or an international incident, it's important to have a plan and an emergency kit prepared.


Phorrest99 Phorrest99 9 years
My sister & I were talking about this just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, living & working in DC metropolitan area makes us weary of what could happen. Hence we've started seriously talking about the 'in case of an emergency' plan. Either way, no matter where you live I think it's important to have an emergency plan.
suziryder suziryder 9 years
My fiance and I have walkie talkies at work so if there's an earthquake (we're just south of LA), we can reach each other. The towers get too overloaded for cell phones to work after an earthquake. We work about a mile away from each other, and we have a meeting place in between in case a big one hits while we're at work. At home, we have enough water for three people for three days, and plenty of food, and a camp stove. With our supplies, we'd be fine on our own until the electricty and water got turned back on.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
silly to say, but we dont really need it. Dont get hurricanes, twisters, earthquakes or any of that here. If we do all of our important things are in the safe, quick grab of the passports and out the door. And we live in the countryside, the worst we have is a day long thunderstorm. Nothing higher than a 3 story building within miles and miles of here.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
Yep! :-D In earthquake territory you should not only have all the necessary provisions to support you for several days, but a meet-up place to rendezvous with family members. My family has three: the primary one, a back up if that's unreachable, and a backup to the backup. As far as getting out of the house we have a back and front evacuation plan, and kits on both ends of the house which include a flashlight, handcrank-powered emergency radio, a first-aid kit, cans of food, candles and matches, those weird silver thermal blankets, paperwork and food for my pet, toilet paper, photo copies of important documents and in some case the documents themselves--and an old-style analogue phone to plug into the wall itself, since probably the electricity will be out and the cell phone networks will probably be jammed. We have several gallons of water in the pantry in the middle of the house. Wren, cash is a great idea, too! I will add that. . .when I can, lol :-)
kia kia 9 years
Yes. My hubby and I recently moved from Miami and while there we were very up on our disaster plans in the face of hurricanes. It has seemed to carry over to our life elsewhere.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
My dad is a retired fire chief. For as long as I can remember we have always had complex and detailed plan that involves ladders under our beds and an out of state contact relative.
stephley stephley 9 years
I keep putting together first aid stuff, flashlights, a radio - then my kid needs a bandaid and doesn't go into the bathroom to look for one, or the lights go out - and before I know it, I have my sad little radio sitting in preparedness all alone.
wren1 wren1 9 years
I've got an earthquake kit in my apartment with canned food, lots of water, first aid stuff, dog food, flashlight, cash.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
How relevant - September is national preparedness month (no I'm not a total dork, it's kind of relevant to my job). There's more useful info at
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
We have a small emergency kit, but no evacuation plan, but we should. I guess I've been taking for granted that it's not important since we only have 1 story and plenty of doors & windows.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
Honestly, Casa our "emergency plan" is to get the f*ck out of the house! :p I always tell myself to grab my important papers and my purse and maybe my scrapbook full of my pixs and what not but in an emergency I might not even have time to grab those things. I just want to grab my family and get out basically. :)
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