It’s the middle of the night, you are suddenly wide awake. As you start to get your bearings and begin to wonder what woke you, the security system activates. The alarm horn blares and you freeze wondering what you should do next.
When I figure out what that “correct” next move should be, I’ll let you know, but that exact scenario happened to me a few weeks ago. The experience left me thinking how prepared are we for “emergency” situations and have we really given much thought to what we would or better yet, should do.
We all know the importance of having working smoke and carbon-monoxide alarms in your house and having an escape plan. I also have a couple of fire extinguishers in case anything should happen. This one is in my kitchen.
Something I think is a great idea is to have a fire proof box. They come in different sizes and aren’t cheap, but would be invaluable should anything happen. These boxes also weigh a ton so give some thought to where you will keep it, because you won’t want to be moving it around. I use mine to store the external hard drive for my computer, important papers (like my writing notebook), extra keys for the house, my passport.
Top tip, keep that external hard drive backed up on the regular, or like me you’ll be waiting for 2 hours for it to do it’s thing.
Years ago my Mum suggested that I keep a record of the cards in my purse in case it ever gets lost or stolen. It’s a great idea since I’m sure that I’d have no clue what was really in there if I had to guess. Plus for some of those cards the contact information for the company is on the card, which would be a pain to find if you no longer have said card. I laid out everything in my wallet on the photocopier and made a copy, then I flipped it all over and reinserted the page so I’d have a copy of the backs of the cards as well.
I live in an area with lots of water and I keep a Lifehammer in my glove compartment. It’s bright orange so it should be easy to spot, it has a blade to cut through the seat belt and two hammer ends to break windows if the car was submerged.
Worse case scenario, if the house alarm goes off in the middle of the night again, this is my plan B.
If you have any suggestions for me on how to be more prepared, I’d love to hear them.
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