What you don't know could hurt you!

As I was traveling from St. Louis to a class in Columbia, Missouri, I took this picture out the car window. Can you see the tiny structure in the distance with vapor rising from it? It's Callaway nuclear power plant. I am reminded that anytime we travel, we are exposed to new and changing risks.

Where I live, I'm not in immediate danger of radioactive contamination from a reactor. I also have little concern for tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes or wildfires. The tallest building near me is only a few stories, and the outdoor warning sirens are tested the first Monday of every month at 10:00 am. But...

When you or I travel even a couple of hours from home we face new risks, new procedures and new warning mechanisms. Although we may not (and likely cannot) be aware of and prepared for every risk we will pass by, we CAN be aware that we are unaware. We can keep our heads up and remain mindful of our surroundings. IF an emergency comes our way, we can be prepared to react in an informed fashion.

When you travel, what can you do to stay safe when the unexpected (and unknown to you) happens?
  • Keep a mini disaster kit with you -- in your car, in your purse/brief case, at your hotel. A mini flashlight, a pocket first aid kit, a snack bar, a bottle of water, and any medical items you need will go a long way in any situation.
  • Know your family communication plan.  In addition to your normal plan, program local numbers (hotel/convention center) in your phone and write them down as well.
  • Make certain that you know a couple of emergency exits and a shelter location where ever you go.  Know where stairwells are.. they often serve as both.
  • Keep your cell phone charged, if possible.

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