In my world hurricanes are a fact of life and spring cleaning also means making room for the stock of non-perishable foods that are added to the pantry in late spring. In my lifetime many storms have paid a visit but only three of them caused major damage and even then my homes survived with only minor issues. Except for the cold, I’m quite familiar with many of the problems facing the people who were in Sandy’s path but one of the most heart-breaking scenes I saw in the aftermath of that storm was an elderly woman pulling a soggy and shredded photo out of the debris piled up in a marsh near her home. It was her mother’s wedding photo and a precious treasure. How many other precious photos will never be seen again?
Planning for disaster doesn’t just mean stocking up on water and food in time for hurricane season. It’s an everyday process that makes sure your most precious things are protected at all times. This means making sure your family knows how to get out of the house in case of fire, how to communicate in an emergency and where to meet if the family gets separated. It also means knowing what your insurance policy covers and who to contact. It means taking important papers with you if you evacuate. It means having off-site storage for digital copies of important papers and precious photos/documents.
It means planning for disaster must be part of your everyday routine.