Phew! We made it – Part Five: Practice Your Plan and check your Emergency Kit.
As my mother used to say, “practice makes perfect”. Unfortunately, perfection and emergencies don’t always go hand-in-hand, but you can certainly cut out a lot of the stress if you have walked through your plans before you have to do it for real.
Auto-pilot, or force-of-habit, is that wonderful phenomenon of having done something so many times that you accidentally end up at work instead of the grocery store. So why not make emergency preparedness a force-of-habit too?
This step isn’t hugely time consuming – you only have to do it twice a year! Whenever you change the clocks, walk through a part of your plan and check your emergency kit.
This fall, you could practice evacuating the house using the exit routes in your emergency plan. Then in the spring, you could walk to your emergency meeting spot – walk with the kids from their school and test out different routes. Next fall, you could join in the Great British Columbia ShakeOut Earthquake drill…and so on. Each activity need not take more than an hour.
And once you’ve practiced your plan, check your emergency kit. Has someone pillaged the spare batteries? Is the food still in date? How is the water supply looking? Is the $50 cash in small bills still where you left it?
And there you have it: You are prepped and ready to face pretty much anything.
Photos by Dave Steers from Emergency Preparedness Week 2017.