The hurricane had me thinking....
Do you have an emergency kit ready to go for sheltering in place (aka, stuck in your house)? What do you keep in your kit?
What about if you have to evacuate quickly? Could you leave the house within 5 minute and have everything vitally important with you?
We don't really have that many natural disasters either. Mainly in winter if it snows and we get house bound but then it's not THAT bad. It's only because I have small people in the house that it gets difficult to go anywhere if the weather gets bad. Last year DH walked to work and took DS1's sledge to get food shopping for me It does flood where I live but not very often, and I live at the top of a hill so that's not really that much of an issue either. So yeah...basically no, I have no emergency kit nor much of a need for one
We do not have an emergency kit for sheltering in place. We'd be one of those people everyone shakes their head at. Though about the biggest danger we have here is Mexican drug lords. lol. If we find ourselves some place where there's a danger of earthquakes, hurricanes, etc I'll definitely be putting together a kit!
If we had to evacuate and be out very quickly, I'd be able to grab important documents quickly. However, I don't know how much past that I'd remember to grab. I had a list back in Vegas of things and where they were located, but I don't have one for this house. I'm thinking leaving quickly could be due to gas leaks, fires, world coming to an end, etc.
I don't have an emergency kit, but I do have an actual underground bomb shelter in my backyard, so I at least have a safe place to hide out.
DH and I had a long discussion about evacuating when our half of the state was on fire. We can definitely get everything we need and get out in under five minutes. He just has to get the computer and Rowan's hiking backpack (in case we have to abandon the car and walk) while I grab changes of clothing and my jewelry (not valuable, but other than the pictures on the computer, it's the only thing we have that's irreplaceable).
When we lived in Houston, we did not evacuate for Rita, and ended up stuck with no air conditioning for four miserable days. DH was out there for Ian as well, with no electricity. He and his friend that he was staying with grilled steaks and drank warm gin and had a great time.
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We lived w/ hurricanes for 4 years...I was worried about my horses...we stuck ID tags in their manes and on their halters...(no kids at the time)
We bought H20 and canned food, just in case.
Edited to add...we were in FL on the coast for the BIG ones...and honestly they weren't that bad...we had friends over from the other coast and had big hurricane parties...I had to work and those guys brought chicks over?! WTH?!
We went to a Chinese buffet during the hurricane...lol...and then a fancy restaurant at night...(we were under dressed...it was fun!) No traffic either:0)
Actually my dad's shop (which is a 10 min walk away) has a led lined bomb shelter in the basement from when there was a nuclear threat in the 1960's My Grandad had it built, it seemed like a good idea at the time
Nope.. I dont even own a first aid kit.. I used to and someone from dh family took it.. I guess the thing I would have to worry about the most is getting snowed in, and flooding.. But getting snowed it would be more likely.
I do currenly have enough food to last awhile, and I would just make water out of snow.. lol!!
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Our big threat is during tornado season (spring time). We have to get in our "safe area" so many times during then, that I usually have a list, or just leave some of the stuff there. Usually I'm not that scared of it, but this year, with Evan, it was a little unnerving. I think we may look into getting a saferoom for the garage.
Nope. My plan is to run over to Rowan's house and bang on their bomb shelter door .
There really isn't much to worry about here in Tucson. If the power goes out, we'll be hot but we could always just drive up into the mountains and go camping for a few days until the power comes back on. My part of town had a gas outage over the winter and everyone freaked out. It was around 20 degrees at night and like 45 degrees during the day. Seriously people, sweaters?!
We do have a firesafe where we keep certain things that would be annoying to replace (insurance documents/birth certificates). Its not very heavy so we don't keep valuables in there. That would be like telling a burglar, "here, we've bundled everything up for you."