The very idea of having to quickly and effectively leave your home when disaster strikes is a less than calming image. For me, an image of a calm evacuation was quickly replaced with one of reality: iPad, stuffed animals, blankets and bags of chips all getting in the car simultaneously.
I realized that I needed a better plan in case we had to leave. My goal was to create a “go bag” for the family for three days and food for 1 ½ days. Here are my recommendations.
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Once your disaster “go bag” is packed, go through and repack it at least once a year. Remember, inexpensive is best. Unfavored kid’s clothes, old jackets and older items work great for disaster preparation items. In a disaster, preparation and comfort trump fashion every item.
As the east coast prepares for Hurricane Florence, it is important to adhere to evacuation orders and stay informed by subscribing to updates from government agencies and your local base Facebook page if you are in the affected areas..
What items do you put in your disaster preparation bag?
About the Author: Chad Storlie is a Retired US Army Officer, the author of Combat Leader to Corporate Leader and has published over 350 articles in over 175 publications on military veterans, career advancement, business, leadership, strategy, education, financial planning, and national security topics. Chad excels as an author, mentor, speaker, and teacher showing business leaders and military veterans how military skills make lives, careers, and businesses better. Chad is an adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Chad has a BA from Northwestern University and an MBA from Georgetown University. Follow Chad @CombatToCorp and www.CombatToCorporate.com.
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