I missed a call from my college son last week. He’d locked himself out of his apartment. Fortunately, all his viewing of Psych episodes helped him get in through the window. You see, as lovable as he is, he’s a bit “key-challenged.” In high school he’d head to the gym to play basketball at 5:30 in the morning, frequently locking his keys and backpack in the old Toyota pickup. At 7:30 he’d call, apologizing profusely and asking if I’d please bring some car keys. He’s a great kid, but after a few times I told him, “Mom’s Auto Service is now ten bucks every time I have to rescue you. ” I didn’t make much money after that.
Do you have duplicate house and car keys stored outside your home? During an emergency you may not have access to your home to grab your keys, or someone outside your family may need to have keys to assist your family. (Or your son may just lock them in his car)
Wherever you live, there is always the risk of floods, fires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters that could result in the destruction of your home. Prepare yourself so that if such situations occur, you can minimize the impact.
Do you have copies of important papers and information stored outside your home and in a Grab and Go Binder?
A Family Documents Binder is a great way to organize your important information. It should be kept in a very secure, yet easily accessible location. (Maybe hidden near your 72 hour kit.)
Our church emergency leaders organized these wonderful Family Documents Binders. You can access the papers (instructions, worksheets to fill out, suggestions of other documents to gather and include-everything!) and print them yourself here.
(We’ve done a whole series this year on preparedness. Check out the suggested posts below for more simple (but so important!) things you can do to be more ready for whatever may come!)