31 Days of Preparedness Day 1- Start THINKING

Emergency Preparedness.

Yep- I know-it doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, but it is oh-so-very-important.

I ‘ll even share some stories to convince you of just how important it IS, and how being prepared can push out fear and build confidence!

We’re not ALL boy scouts, but we sure can be more prepared for the unplanned, unpredictable and unavoidable!

So for 31 days, I will be here with you.

A tip a day to get you more prepared tomorrow than today!

Some days will be short -n- sweet and others may require a bit more from ya, but if you’ll stick with me here, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in a few minutes a day for 31 days!

I ‘ll even share some stories to convince you

In fact, as a side note, there are “ton” of cool things you can enjoy reading about, pondering and doing for the next 31 days if you go to the Nesting Place.

Find a notebook, print this, or few sheets of paper you can keep together somewhere.

Today, write the names of all of your family members on it. First names suffice- you know who they are 🙂

Now think about family or dear friends that are out-of-town, or state.  Write down their name and phone number.  Now call them and ask if they’d be a connecting point for you and other family that live near you.

You see, often in emergency situations, local lines are bogged down and calls or even texts [which usually are the best way, btw] won’t go through, but calls to out-of-state, or out-of-area may.

Now, if they have given permission, then share that number with you husband, teenager, mom up the street, brother in the next town over, etc.

Have everyone get that in their cell phone, and in your littles’ backpacks or somewhere- print it out.  Maybe give it to their school, Sunday school, sports coach or whoever might be their temporary caregiver!


That’s more than you had before! Awesome job. How long did it take?

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  1. Maureen says:

    Sometimes cell networks don’t work in an emergency situation. It is a good idea to take note of where the closest landlines are. Particularly take note of the location of public phones. It’s also good idea to make sure you carry change to use them!

    • mama says:

      That is a GREAT point! Thank you! Also- in electrically challenged situation, our nice landlines that need plugging in won’t help either, so the good old fashioned kind is nice to have on hand! …and from my most recent experience with public phone use is that you need a BOATLOAD of change!
      I was stuck in an airport and just making a collect call cost me!
      Thanks for adding value here!

  2. […] you thought a good bit about your out-of-state contact.  Hopefully you wrote down what you needed to, and walked through each step painlessly…then […]

  3. Jill D. says:

    This is fantastic and so practical. I will definitely be following this one. Thank you!

  4. Dianntha says:

    What a great idea. I had not thought of that but I will begin TODAY! Thank you. Dianntha

  5. I’m so glad to see this topic being covered. I seriously considered writing on it myself but then chose another topic instead. I’m looking forward to reading this series. 🙂

    • mama says:

      I’d welcome feedback from you! if you considered it then you must have some very valuable insights we can all benefit from! Add your thoughts as we go!

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