What can we learn from this? We can't stop wildfires, thunderstorms, flash floods and mud-slides, right?
- Disasters often cascade -- One event may create other problems that lead to additional emergencies. (A power outage leaves you without food AND without a way to pay for food, if you don't have cash on hand.)
- Efforts to mitigate (prevent) one disaster may also thwart other impending difficulties. Plan to stop the far-reaching effects of a disaster early.
- Preparedness can address more than just life safety. Your peace of mind and emotional health need protection as well. Imagine a priority order to what you will protect in your life and plan for those priorities.
- At our house, the family evacuation plan includes taking a small chest (located near the front door) that contains our family's most precious possessions, heirlooms and irreplaceable photographs.