In light of the terrorist threats and possible war on the horizon, discussions about duct tape and safe rooms, I wondered whether any allnurses members are preparing for the worst. There are two websites, one entitled Ready.gov that offers various plans of preparation put out by our government:
and another American Red Cross site that has guidelines to prepare for disasters:
I was one of those Y2K nuts-- Not as bad as some, but I definitely had water and kerosene stored, plenty of canned goods, sterno, batteries, transistor radio, etc. My husband put up with my preparations but didn't want to be included. (I even bought dog food-- I don't own a dog-- for neighbors who I knew weren't making preparations and I didn't want their dog going hungry.)
I think it's good to be prepared for emergencies-- storms with power outages, for example-- but I'm just starting to think about getting more bottled water and other supplies as we read about and hear more ominous reports about Iraq and terrorist groups. Do you have an evacuation plan, a suitcase packed for a quick escape? I hate to think along these lines, but after 8 years of being a Girl Scout, "Be Prepared" is a hard motto and attitude to shake.