As September sets in and fires continue to rage throughout the Sierras, hurricanes pummel the Gulf Coast and the entire Atlantic coast, it’s a good time to remember that this month is designated as National Preparedness Month.
Last August (2020), I saw my in-laws lose their home in Berryessa to the lightening fires in the North Bay. They were on vacation and my sister-in-law was watching the home. Luckily, no one was injured (including Bootsie, the cat!) but it was a harrowing experience getting out of there. Unfortunately, aside from the home, everything else was lost to the fire – including all of their important paperwork. It’s taken them a year, but they’re finally starting to replace much of what was lost.
It’s a good reminder that it’s very important to have a plan in place should disaster strike. Keep all important paperwork together (birth certificates, marriage certificates, insurance policies, etc.) in a safe, but easily accessible location should you need to leave immediately. Also, make sure that you have a good communication plan in place and that there is redundancy built in. Know where you are going to meet and have an alternate location (or two) in case something happens and the locations aren’t available.