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  •  Keep a good bug-out list (4+ / 0-)

    I have a nice tub with our tornado-shelter supplies in it. It sits in the laundry room which is on the way to our safest spot, ready to grab. In that tub is also a printout of MY official emergency list. Each spring as the season gets going, I pull the list out and take one minute to read through it and review what's in the tub. Check the batteries, replace snack items, put flashlights back in if they've been "borrowed", etc.

    There are a few items on the list such as some chair cushions to sit on, heavy boots, cell phone, etc. which don't live in the tub. During bad weather I will often move these items to a spot where they will be easy to grab. In any case, you can make part of the list "storage items" and part of it "gather-up items". Do not leave any thinking for when the emergency happens.

    I always read diaries such as yours and it is amazing how often I will see a good idea that can be added to my list. Just last year I added heavy work gloves to the tub. For digging ourselves out, duh! Why didn't I think of that?? And a loud whistle, to help someone find you in the rubble.

    If your list (of things which are useful in your particular case) is easy to find and frequently updated, you can quickly prepare for emergencies and then respond to them quickly without having to think everything through during a stressful or scary time.

    •  The list is hugely important (3+ / 0-)
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      I'd like to think I'd remember everything, but in a real panic, I doubt that. Having a lot of the "paperwork" stored in the cloud is a help, but the tangible items are often distributed across rooms (and in vehicles).

      Good on ya for checking everything each spring. Nothing like dining on 3-year old stale meal bars if you left them there unreplaced!

      Those who do not understand history are condemned to repeat it... in summer school.

      by cassandracarolina on Tue May 21, 2013 at 11:06:09 AM PDT

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