I just want to say a quick word here about being prepared for the unexpected. Recent deadly storms, continuing flooding not only on the lower Mississippi but also up into the Midwest, huge fires burning their way across the Southwest,  and just general every concerns about the state of the world today should have us all thinking more along the lines of being prepared for what ever disaster we may find ourselves in.

It’s not that hard to do, and it doesn’t take all that much time, really, or money. When a disaster strikes, you may have only moments to grab what you can and then flee. It just makes sense to have the things you might need the most where you can get to them in a hurry, and then hit the road.

Take a dufflebag, or one of those inexpensive fold out bags from wally world, and stuff the items you might be most in need of in time of crisis in there. Flashlight, first aid kit, bottled water, three days of any OTC or RX meds, a little cash, radio, some non-perishable food, snacks for the kids, things like that. Make sure everyone knows where the bag is, so anyone can grab it quick and get out of harms way.

It’s also a good idea to scan important documents to a flash drive and place them in there as well. Copies of driver licenses, deeds for property an titles for vehicles, and important insurance information, for everything from auto insurance to home owners. Don’t forget medical insurance either. All of these take time to replace, and you may need them sooner rather than later.

In addition, have alternate ways of communicating with family members. For instance, use a relative that’s distant from you as a check in. Separated family members may not be able to reach one another, but might each be able to reach the relative, and leave messages. Also, have a predetermined meet up place in case of a disaster, and a contingency meeting place in the event that your first choice is in the affected area.

We’ve all seen what can happen in the last few weeks. Making a few plans now might save you a ton of heart ache, worry, an grief down the road.

It won’t take long to do, and it just might come in handy.