Until last night, it had been many years since I had gone through the process of any sort of disaster preparedness (I’m not counting all the hurricaine hoopla in Florida). We had many “preparedness drills” in the Air Force to practice for any number of disaster scenarios from natural disasters to bomb threats all the way up to a nuclear accident. Military guys are all about drills and being prepared! But, that was a long time ago.
“Are you guys headed for high ground” I asked.
As I was continuing my quest for updated information, my condo neighbor sent a computer message asking if we were “going up the hill.” “Yes…need a ride?” Diane replied. “No…we’ll ride up with Sergei. See you up there.”With almost no conversation, Diane and I began to collect a few things and in less than 10 minutes, we were loaded into the car with Carmine on Diane’s lap and driving up the hill.
Here is where things became interesting for me. If the threat was real enough where we felt we should leave our home for higher ground for our safety, I treated it accordingly. I determined to pack up our computers which contained much personal information as well as providing various communication options. I grabbed our large folder with all our important documents including our passports. I took plenty of cash and also threw some drinks and snack food into a bag. Diane remembered my medicine and also grabbed mosquito repellent and a number of other items for our comfort. In retrospect, we each took things to sustain us for a few days if necessary.