Well, as August is drawing to a close, I am hoping to be able to respond to as many of the writing prompts from Sarah Elizabeth Moore as my time will allow.
My father has prepared us for the possibility of an emergency or unexpected serious event like a natural disaster. He has always warned us we have no idea how quickly a serious event can develop, weather it be a natural disaster or some kind of political uproar that became inflamed into violent conflict. We all have grab-bags, which is of course one of the things I would hope to be able to take with me if I have to evacuate home because of a natural disaster.
What do we have in our grab bags?
- Photocopies of important documents like a passport, birth certificate, driver’s license
- Bottled water and non-perishable food. (Every year we check the food in our grab-bags is still in date)
- First aid kit
- Wind-up torch
- Wind-up radio (not to listen to my favourite tunes)
- Some cash
- A list of important contact details and phone-numbers
- Waterproof jacket
- Several pairs of clean underwear
- A little purse with a fold away toothbrush and toothpaste and soap in it
- A tiny fold up microfiber towel that opens up to be the size of a bath-sheet
So I hope that my grab-bag counts as one item (despite everything that is inside it).
That allows me two other things.
I am normally a bit of a technophobe. I have one of these little Alcatel phones at the moment – mainly it stays in the bottom of my handbag for safety reasons. But in all honesty, I think it might be a useful thing to grab. At least so I could let my family know where I was etc.
One more thing? I was going to say my front door keys…but if might depend on the severity of the natural disaster.
I would not hang around worrying about what was the most useful third item to have with me… my flask, my food flask, my camping stove, my tent, my sleeping bag…I don’t know. To be honest…the most important thing would to be to obey the advice the local authorities give out and skid-addle as fast as possible.
One thing I am sure of…it could happen to any one of us. We might all have to be ready to make our escape at short notice and not let our possessions slow down our departure.