My mom taught my siblings and I certain “rules to live by” to ensure that we are always prepared for the “what ifs” in life. And believe me when I say, not a single hypothetical situation has been ignored. In case you for some unknown reason don’t believe me after my previous post (carbon monoxide detector, anyone?), allow me to explain:
One of my favorite books as a child wasn’t “The Cat in The Hat” or “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” like all of the other kids– it was “Child Lures: What Every Parent and Child Should Know About Preventing Sexual Abuse and Abduction”. Seriously. For a while, we read a new scenario every night. My mom would always ask, “What would you say if someone asked you that?” and I got to yell “No!” at the top of my lungs. It was exciting stuff.
On road trips, my mom wouldn’t let us wear sandals in case we were in an accident and had to walk across broken glass to escape the burning vehicle. I currently have a “Life Hammer” - a tool designed to break car windows and cut through jammed seatbelts - in my glove compartment.
If there might be a tornado, we get out the best weather radio on the market, a crank-powered flashlight so we never run out of power and bike helmets to protect ourselves. I texted my mom when I went to the basement during a tornado warning at college this year - she told me to find a bowl to put on my head (...and she was serious).
I still can’t leave my parent’s house without my driver’s license and health insurance card, just in case I have to go to the hospital. Even if I am just going for a run and will be back in fifteen minutes (I always think I will be able to run somewhere but usually end up bailing), they’re with me.
For her birthday this year, my mom wanted something that would “make any water source clean and drinkable”. So my dad bought her a portable water purification system from a camping store. Does my mom camp? No. Do we have a water problem? No. Will it ever be used? Probably not - the only time I think it could be useful is during a zombie apocalypse, and that’s not even a real thing. But it fixes yet another “what if” scenario, so she loves it.
Clearly, my mom has always made sure that our family is well-prepared for anything that could possibly cause us harm, real and imagined scenarios included. A great resource to make sure your family is prepared for emergencies is 72hours.org - a website put together by the City of San Francisco. From pets to senior citizens, they've got you covered.
What does your family do to prepare for emergencies? Or is my family the only one that can avoid scary strangers, escape from a car, survive a tornado, and clean dirty water? Comment below or reply to us on Twitter (@TrellieConnect) or Facebook (TrellieInc).