I know some people who are really into “doom’s day preparation” and some who just dabble. Either way, I think it is a good idea to be prepared for an emergency and that it is personal choice if you want to prepare for Large scale disaster emergencies. One of my friends put together “GO Bags” for her family. Each member of the family has a backpack with essential supplies for 72 hours of time. She even made sure they had a meet up place if they all got separated.
I always loved that not only did she take time to get herself prepared but she took time to do it for her extended family too. That was an act of love. I’ve never been very good at preparing for a future emergency although most people believe that the area we live in is a pending disaster zone. I like the idea of having a “GO Bag” for each family member but I think I need to start in a much smaller way. Like having emergency supplies in the trunk of my car.
You know, the kind of things I am talking about:
- First Aid kit.
- Road flares (if not already in your tire-changing tools).
- Jumper cables.
- Rain ponchos.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Duct tape
- Scent-free baby wipes.
- Drinking water and non-perishable snacks.
- Multipurpose tool.
- Ice scraper.
- Blankets and/or warm clothing.
- Cell phone car charger or Solar Charger
- Cash for gas emergencies
- Deck or cards, book or other form of entertainment
I think the best way to organize all this stuff once you have it is to put it in a plastic container with a lid. Make sure you write out a list of what is inside and tape it inside the lid of the box so you can make sure you have what you need with a quick glance. And of course, the best thing to remember is to replace items that get used and to make sure that nothing has expired. Perhaps set up a reminder in your cell phone every three months to go through the emergency kit.
This is my new goal and target. I want to have one of these “kits” put together and in my trunk before the Fall hits this year. Then maybe I can think about what to do to be prepared in our home for a major disaster. Baby steps…..
I know some regular, everyday people that in my opinion are some of the most giving, philanthropic, volunteer focused people I have every met. They just naturally see a need and find a way to fill it. I admire that so much.
My focus for today’s post is what need can I fill? Well, there are all kinds of little things from listening to a friend who needs advice or a shoulder to cry on to the basic care of feeding people, washing laundry etc. However, something that I have noticed about myself is the fact that I can often see “the bigger picture”. I can help others to see how something in the now will affect the bigger picture or I can show people what they need to do in the moment to get to the bigger picture.
It isn’t always an appreciated skill as some people think I am putting up road blocks to their ideas or creating more work for them. Believe me, I’ve felt that way about myself when I look at the bigger picture in my own life. On the other hand, when people are struggling to see the roadmap and how their actions are leading them forward it can be immensely beneficial.
I am also an organizer. Give me a chaotic mess and I will figure out how to streamline it and make it work in a more functional way. Organization makes me happy. Chaos gives me a headache and worse yet, drains my energy. Which is why when things get crazy in my life I often get focused by cleaning and organizing something. It helps me focus and it helps those around me as well, even if they don’t notice it.
So I am wondering what is the need you can fill and are you finding ways to do so?
I have so much work to do that my tasks have sub-tasks and my to-do list just keeps growing but I am not seeing much coming off the lists. Hours pass and I wonder how so much time could have gone by without getting as much done as I want. That being said, when I get so much to do that it becomes overwhelm, I tend to find myself procrastinating on my tasks. It seems so much easier to get distracted by social media, reading, phone conversations etc than figuring out exactly where to start on my tasks.
The thing is, I am a very organized person which is why it seems so odd to me to procrastinate when I get overwhelmed. I work really hard at keeping organized and on top of things so I don’t reach the overwhelm stage. I hate looking for the motivation to just jump in and tackle things once it reaches this stage. Guess I just need to figure it out and jump in both feet first until things get done. I know I will feel better once everything is back in order and my tasks are few and organized into easily doable steps. When that happens I feel like I can take on the world. Right now though….I’d rather eat a bowl of ice cream and watch a movie.