When you first begin to prepare you are probably like most people, completely lost. You have no plan and no idea where to start or even how to begin the process of getting prepared; the one thing you do know is, that you have this overwhelming feeling to do something. Everyone’s motivation for getting prepared is different, some are concerned about “earthquakes” for others its “The End Of The World As We Know it (TEOTWAWKI) you name the event, it doesn’t really matter, the one commonality we all have is a need to be prepared.
For guys the first thing we generally do is build a bug-out-bag, why, because its gear oriented and we love our gear, plain a simple! For women, it seems like you concentrate on food storage and food preparation. I’m not trying to be chauvinistic I’m just pointing out what seems to occur based on gender when first starting out.
One of the simplest and most overlooked things you can do to prepare for a disaster is to have an extra set clothes in your car and at work. And the best part about it is, you probably have everything you require in your closet already.
So what’s the big deal about having an extra set of clothes? It doesn’t matter if you work in a high-rise or in a warehouse; in an emergency situation protecting your body from the elements is paramount. I would hate to think that I had to walk 10 or 20 miles from my office to the house in dress slacks and some nice shoes. The same holds true for the ladies, a dress and high heels isn’t the proper outfit for a natural disaster. Lets not forget that disasters never happen at opportune times, it’s always at the worst possible time.
Now, if you are like me your first inclination will be to get the worst set of clothes you can find and throw it in your car…don’t do it! The clothes you select should be some of the most comfortable that you own. This includes shoes, socks and underwear, there is nothing worst than walking around with a pair of underwear or a pair of new boots that continually rub and chaff your skin.
The following is a list of items that I have found to be particularly helpful, maybe you will too!
• Boots or tennis shoes
• Cargo pants or jeans
• Shirt, preferable long sleeve
• Rain Jacket
Once you have all your clothes together make sure and put them into a water proof bag, zip lock freeze bags work well or you can get a high-speed vacuum sealed bag which will compress everything down, even better. Good luck and be prepared!
These tips may seem basic, but it never hurts to be reminded once in while.
• Park in a well lit area of the garage.
• Don’t assume that an attendant will be working when you are leaving or any other time.
• Never leave valuables in the car, especially out in the open where people can see them.
• Be aware of your surroundings at all times!
• If working late have a co-worker walk with you to your vehicle or call security and have them escort you to your vehicle. They won’t mind at all, it will break up their day.
• Be prepared before you enter the garage, have your keys in your hand and ready to go.
• Once in the vehicle lock the doors immediately.
• Always drive with the windows rolled up and the doors locked.
• If you notice a piece of paper or some other odd object attached to your window, don’t stop and get out to remove it. Wait until you are in an area of safety and then find out what it is.
• Trust your gut! If something doesn’t feel right when you enter the garage, go back to your office.
• Be aware, your cell phone may not work in your garage.
• Know where the garage emergency call boxes are at in relation to you and your vehicle
• Never leave your car running, without you being in it. Not even in the cold!