Our homes are where we not just live, eat and sleep, but we create memories, and they also have a deep sentimental value to us. I lived in this home from the time I was 13 years old, later, after I got married and had children, I moved into my own home with my Mountain Man and kiddos, but after my mom passed, we moved back in. These four walls hold a lot of memories, everything from my own first dates with Mountain Man, birthdays, Mountain Man’s graduation party, bringing our babies home from the hospital, nursing our sick children back to health, holidays, homeschooling our children at our dining room table and even leaks, broken appliances, tears and hardships.
It’s a depressing thought to think that the day may come where we’d have to grab our little people, pack up the car and head out of here because our lives depended on it, but….it is the stark reality we do live in. No, we don’t live in the city, in fact we’re about two hours away from three major cities, we sometimes have hurricanes that will knock our power out for weeks, sometimes tornadoes, there’s never been a terror attack here, but our town is very close to New York City, so close in fact, that when 9/11 happened and the riots happened over Trump’s election, people flocked to our town to escape what was going on in their neighborhoods.
Sure, my family has a plan in place that if things should ever go sour we can pack up the car and head for the hills together. But, what if Mr. Well Prepared wasn’t home, the children were in school and my oldest was at work? What if I was home alone with my 5-year-old daughter, my two dogs and I didn’t have a car? What would I do? How would I communicate with my family and where would we meet?
Trust me, when I first started thinking about this, I was a bit intimidated. Making plans, makes everything real and has its own way of putting things into perspective. Realizing that the day may come when I have to put all of these plans in place is a bit terrifying. But, I also know that if I don’t have a plan and it’s not discussed with Mountain Man and the Prepared Kiddos, then things could go so much worse.
The best time to make a plan is now. You don’t want to be trying to call your husband to find out who is picking up the little people if the phones are jammed with everyone else in the country trying to figure out the same things. What you need to decide is, what would constitute you having to leave the safety of your home or not return to your home if you aren’t there, and then start laying the ground work for this plan. Figuring out who is going to pick up who and where you are going to meet should be done before any emergency comes in to play. Decide how long you should wait before you leave your home. How long should you stay at the meet up spot before you either leave to go look for your family or leave to go to a safer location? What is the most secluded, safest route to take to get to the spot you have designated to meet up with your family? What if you have to travel on foot?
Naturally if things go sour, you are going to want to at least try to make contact with your husband and loved ones, but if cell phones are jammed, or not working all together, how will you do that? A Ham Radio or CB (Citizens Band Radio) is your best option provided we aren’t experiencing an EMP. If we are, then having precautions and a plan in place for that event is an important event to begin planning for.
It really is scary to think about a large-scale emergency happening and not being with your husband and children, but it can happen at any given moment. By being aware of this fact and planning accordingly, we can maximize our chances of reuniting with our families and surviving together.