Celebrate: Just in case

It’s been blistering hot this week. The walk across the blacktop to the next air-conditioned building feels much longer when temperatures get close to 100ºF.

August and September are the hottest months.

This week, I celebrate the air conditioning that worked throughout the day and the Arrowhead water cooler that is always filled (thanks to a wonderful PTA) in our staff lounge.

Things could be much worse weather wise. We don’t live in the pathway of tropical storms, hurricanes or monsoons.

But. We live on a fault line. Earthquakes don’t happen like storms. They don’t come with regularity or reliable predictions, and because of that, people get complacent.

Every time a natural disaster hits somewhere in the world, I think but for the grace of God…that could be us.  And every time a natural disaster hits somewhere in the world, I am grateful for all the actions taken at school to be prepared.  We aren’ t complacent.

This week I want to celebrate the family-supplied emergency kits that fill our school storage areas, just in case. I celebrate next week’s and every month’s evacuation drills, just in case.

If a disaster hits at school we’ve taken action and have a plan, but at home, what if?

Because of what we do at school, six fresh gallons of water sit in my car ready to be unloaded. Today I celebrate that, along with new batteries and a flash light. It’s a beginning. A meager start according to this list and this list.  What could be reasonably necessary is overwhelming, so I printed it out and created a checklist.

Funny how what I practice at school needs to come home. Not just the reading and the writing, but being prepared, just in case.

Read more celebrations at Ruth Ayers blog, Discover Play Build.

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3 thoughts on “Celebrate: Just in case

  1. This time, the comment box appears! Isn’t it weird how the blog posts can receive a few unplanned-for commands? I know that many of us try to imagine how we might prepare in the face of a disaster. Most of what I’ve done is to purchase a fire-proof safe and always have water ready. Other than that I guess I’d grab my handbag and leave! I know that you have the earthquakes to consider, and we have tornado drills, though fewer than when I lived in Missouri. It makes it a bit easier on the mind to do something.

  2. I was surprised when we moved to the Pacific NW to discover that our schools were prepared for eventual disasters and each child had a kit. Your post inspired me to revisit my own emergency preparedness. I printed off the two lists you shared and was inspired to mention them in our ladies’ meeting at church yesterday. So grateful for you reminder that what we practice at school needs to come home.

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