Sunday, September 25, 2005

Fail to plan, then you plan to fail

There is an old saying that I absolutely love and it rings true most of the time, it is "when you fail to plan, you plan to fail". As we look at the events of Hurricane Katrina and Rita you feel sad about the death of so many as well as the lost of property, and feelings of security. Even in the midst of these great cities tragedies, I found myself learning many lessons that I would like to share with you. These are lessons that I think we can spread around to help others to evacuate safely and timely when needed. I realize that many folks may live pay check to pay check and may not be able to squeeze any extra money to plan for major disasters, but we must plan because if we don't, its' putting ourselves and families in harms way. Planning for major disasters is more important now than it ever was considering that we will be in hurricane season until November 30. Also keep in mind that as a nation we are constantly on guard for terrorist attacks as well as earthquakes, etc. This is my list. You may want to write one for yourself and family.


Worry about your life, not your property. Material things can be replaced. It may take time, but if you survived the tragedy you will have time to replace your material.







Leave your city when the officials tell you that devastation is imminent. Don't wait until two million other folks decide to leave, because you will have to face others trying to flee at the same time which could cause major problems such as mass confusions, traffic congestion, shortages in gas, food and cash.



Always keep at least enough money in the bank to pay rent at a hotel for three weeks. Also you need to save flight money for your family members to fly out at a moment notice.







Keep your gas tank full. You never know when you will have to leave in a hurry. Trying to flee all at once causes highway congestion, attitude problems, fear, and possible gas and food shortages.





Keep at least fifty dollars in your pocket. I saw long lines in Texas of people who were upset because the ATM machines ran out of money. People were literally standing there with a check in their hand and no money or no way to cash their payroll. Many said they would wait it out because they couldn't cash their checks to get anything, at least having fifty bucks will give you enough cushion to get to the next destination by car.




Plan with your family an emergency evacuation plan, not just your immediate family but your parents and siblings too. Questions to ponder? Where do we meet? Who is willing to open their home up to family experiencing devastation? What family members are able to help those family members who may not have money to move quickly?



If you can, get a credit card strictly for emergencies in the event of other disasters. This is not for getting in debt. This card should be use to survive, should you need to leave quickly and have no money to do so.



Keep duplicate copies of important paperwork like insurance policies, bank account information, important numbers, etc.




Make you a survival kit. You can put water, medication, food, important paperwork and phone numbers, first aid kit, flashlight, extra set of clothing, etc. Put them in an easy accessible place that you can grab in a hurry when needed.






Pray and never stop.





Even planning sometimes have its' problems and may not work out like you plan it too, but at least you will be able to help get your family to safety if you just do some of these things. I know I am not an expert but after watching so much television on these hurricanes and how they affected people, I learned a couple things to do to help myself and family.

19 comments:

Don Tate II said...

Very good tips. Especially that praying one. Mz. Gig offered something interesting on this: http://thegiget.blogspot.com/2005/09/bare-necessities.html

mytruth said...

You can learn something in everything. Looks like u have it down, so no excuses.

Shirazi said...

Two things attracted me to this post instantly: Tile and your foresight. Title is catchy. And all the points in your list are valid and it is advisable to be ready for any eventuality but what observation shows is that nature bypass all planning. What do you say?

Deb S. said...

Rose, you know that I love your site and your posts. You have an innate ability to inform us and inspire us at the same time.

That said, if I had to identify my favorite post on "Lessons Learned," I would have to say it is this one. You have performed a great public service and inspired people at the same time. I also agree with comments already posted, especially Shirazi's.

The theme that I saw throughtout this post, "Choose Life," can apply to any challenging situation life throw our way, not just to disasters like Katrina and Rita.

God bless you for this!

gramyactress@21 said...

very good tips. i know I need to apply for a credit card. but 'm afriad they might do me like they did last time.
They sent me the card. but it was already shredded. too upset. great blog and thoughts

momyblogR said...

Great list. Thanks so much for your insight and sharing what you have learned. I will remember them.

Have a good one.

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Rose,
Great advice. I actually just bought a Red Cross disaster kit sold at Target. Gathered more stock items and materials for the "worse case scenario" and packed them in plastic storage bins. My husband laughed at me, but I told him that it gave me peace to do it.

~Deb

lady in satin said...

These are some very good pointers. Your posts are always informative!

I always used to tell myself "Failure to plan is a plan for failure." I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that way. =)

E said...

Wow...very informative indeed. I always leave here learning something new..:-)

Clay said...

excellent tips especially on planning - i know people who plan nothing and "go with the flow" then in shock when everything is a mess!

George Breed said...

Rose, your site is so wonderfully creative and informative! Among all else that you are, you are a Teacher.
Thank you.

Deirdre said...

Tips to live by for real...esplly the last one..."Pray and never stop"

Michele's Mumblings said...

I know you must be a good mom! You seem to have so much to say, all worthwhile, and all said with a soft edge.

Nick said...

You are so right about this statement... Fail to plan, then you plan to fail. I lived it here in Houston during Hurricane Rita, it wasn't pretty, fun, or exciting but scary of not knowing. I felt we took a chance to ride it out, but thankful it was nothing like Katrina in my area.

I really feel its time for Bush and rest of us to take care of home first before something else drastic happens.

NellaBella said...

Hey rose. This is Donella AKA peaches. I have made my site back here again to come and see me sometime. Thanks.
http://lifeunkown.blogspot.com/

Marcus Harris said...

Your posts are always so insightful and timely, Rose. It truly is a pleasure to drop by your blog and dip from the well of your considerable wisdom.

The great info that you've posted is sure to benefit many a soul. Thanks for sharing!

NellaBella said...

Hi rose. Again, lol. How do I get links on my page like you? Could you explain in one of my comments. Thanks

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