So, there was this earthquake in Ottawa yesterday. It was totally scary even though nothing actually happened. Well, my partner did appear on national news as someone “fleeing” a building, so that’s exciting.
But the earthquake got me thinking a little about disaster preparedness. It’s funny–you can read all you want about how you should get prepared for possible disasters, but until something vaguely scary actually happens to you, it’s hard to think it can.
Two things I realized we don’t have, and really should, are a simple phone that plugs into the wall, and a wind-up or battery operated radio. Our only phone is a cordless phone that is useless if base isn’t plugged in. And a radio is just basic for getting information during an emergency.
My cell phone didn’t work yesterday, and neither did my internet. I’ve got two kids and I couldn’t communicate with my partner who works only 9 blocks away. I’m not saying it was horrifying or anything, but it sure makes you think about what it would be like if things were even marginally worse.
As I’ve discovered over this year of blogging, possibly the most important factor of frugality is planning ahead. I would go out on a limb and say that that might be one of the most important life skills period. Planning ahead saves money. But yesterday taught me that planning for emergencies could save more than money. It could save us a lot of stress, worry and panic.
What are your emergency preparedness strategies?