For those of you that exchange gifts over the Holidays, we encourage you to consider giving yourself or your loved ones a "Gift of Preparedness". Just think of all the many options you could consider: water supply, food supply, bucket of supplies, backpack(s), buckets for "pee" and "pooh", trash bags, flashlights, light sticks, walkie-talkies, museum putty, AM/FM NOAA weather radio with hand crank, Mylar blankets, ponchos, first aid kits, cash, etc.
The list is endless, and such a simple gesture to show you care! Not to mention how that gift giving could start a great conversation about how your family would reconnect after an interruption. Take the time with your loved ones to discuss your families communication's plan. Come up with the many ways you would be able to reconnect afterwards. Does your family have an out-of-area contact? Does everyone know how to text? Can everyone use FB messenger or some other means of social media to reconnect. You might also talk about alternate locations to meet, in the event you can't get to your home.
The recent events of Alaska's earthquake and Port Orchards' Tornado should serve as strong reminders! We don't know when the next interruption will occur, so take the time with your family to develop your plans and create your cadre of supplies now.
This will likely be the last tip for 2018! We hope that you find these tips inspirational and helpful in motivating you to take action. Please let us know if there are any subjects you would like us to tackle in 2019. We love to receive feedback from you.
Happy Holidays to all and Happy New Year too!