Ten Minute Evacuation

My friend told me about her family’s emergency drill.  It was awesome to hear.  I want to share some of their ideas and hopefully get a picture to post as well.

They created a card for each family member that listed the things each person was responsible for taking in case of an emergency.  Since several of their kids are quite young – they drew pictures. Then they laminated the cards so they will last.  What a super idea!

Another great tip – they have one gallon containers of water in their laundry room – so if they had to evacuate each family member just grabs a gallon of water.  Mom and Dad grab two.

Their plan was so simple and so effective. I am so glad she shared it with me.  To practice their plan they had their grandparents knock on the door and tell the family that there was a wild fire coming and they had 10 minutes to leave.  Their two year old was a little freaked out but what great practice.  Not only does it give the younger children a idea of what to expect but it also allows the older siblings and parents to anticipate the kind of reactions that are possible and help them prepare to pick up any slack.

One of the biggest challenges they faced was food.  So the Mom is thinking of a better system to make sure she could quickly grab food.  In her haste, she grabbed a loaf of bread and some peanut butter.  One suggestion was maybe having a box of food in the bottom of the pantry – that way it is very accessible but it is also handy to rotate the food items as well.  In fact, I think I am going to try that for our emergency kits.  We want to stick crackers in the emergency kits but they get crushed so easily. If we just have one box then it becomes one person’s job.

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me.  I hope it will inspire others to get prepared AND practice!!

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