What are you Thankful for?
When you express "Thanks" this Thursday, perhaps you will be thankful for the health and well being of your loved ones? Or perhaps, you are thankful for the roof over your head? Or maybe you are thankful for the bountiful food you are about to ingest?
Each of the above statements rings true with me. I am thankful for my family, my home and regular meals on our table. So much so, that I personally take the steps to better ensure that my loved ones will be well, our home will still be standing and although the stores shelves may be empty, my family will have food to weather a regional interruption.
So, as we give thanks this week, I encourage you to take steps to better prepare you and your loved ones. Talk about your families emergency communications plan at Thanksgiving and encourage your loved ones to get better prepared too. Ask if they have a emergency supplies kit on hand and take some time to add to your own.
What is in Your Kit?
If you have been following and acting upon the tips provided weekly, by now, you should have a kit in the places you spend most of your time: home, work, car and school (for little ones). If you haven't yet placed the kits in these places, there is no time like the present. Remember to have a 3-day kit for work, car and school and to increase your home preparations for 2-3 weeks or more.
I would encourage you to begin with your comfort item and then build around that item. For me, you will find a box of red wine. Yep, a box of red wine, it won't break in an earthquake and it doesn't need to be chilled. Very practical, wouldn't you say? Now that being said, we are not encouraging intoxication after an interruption, but rather a means to get back to normal as quickly as possible. After the dust has settled, I am going to want that glass of wine.
What do you want to have in your kit to get back to normal quickly? Perhaps, it is one of the following items: blanket, pillow, chocolate, soda, favorite snack, picture of loved ones, etc. Whatever the choice, we encourage you to begin with that item and then build upon it.
After you have secured your comfort item, then you can move on to the practical items for your kit: water (1 gallon, per person, per day) & non-perishable food top the list. Additional items to consider: hand cranked AM/FM radio, can opener, pen, paper (waterproof), cash (small denomination: $1s and $5s), important documents, duct tape, garbage bags, resealable bags, rope and local maps.
The list can go on and on and in the weeks to come we will share more items to consider for your kit. For now go get your kits and stock them with your comfort item and at least an item or two from the list outlined above.
Lastly, have a very Happy Thanksgiving. Here is to wishing you quality time with friends and family and a bountiful spread. And join me, as I raise my glass and propose "cheers" to each of you over the Holiday!