If you’re not here with us on the West Coast, you may not have heard (or felt) the 5.4 earthquake in San Bernadino County. This morning we felt minor trembles here in San Diego, and my mom in LA said she felt the whole building shaking for a few minutes. But we are all OK, no major devastation or injuries so far.
My mom tried to call me, but said she could not get through. This made me realize that we need to have an emergency plan. What would you do if all communication and roads were shut down for some catastrophic reason? Where would you go? How would you get there? How could you possibly find your loved ones if you were all separated at work/school/etc?
These questions really scare me, and I am definitely not prepared to handle a disaster here in San Diego. Step one, designate an out-of-state person for us to all contact using a landline. That way, we ensure the success of our outbound calls, and it won’t be jammed by all the local cell phone traffic (Brennan, we’re all calling you to check in). Once we’ve all checked in with Brennan and we know everyone else’s status, we’ll all proceed to the designated emergency haven. I nominate my place because it’s central and we have the most fun things to do in the event we are stuck there for a long time. Plus, we’ve got plenty of food and alcohol, er, I mean water to last us for a while.
If you don’t have an emergency plan with the important people in your lives, create one now!