Just as recently has last week many of us were unable to get from point A to point B due to flash flooding, flooding on many of roads, closed roads, or some experienced having their cars stalled out due to high waters.
This was an event that only lasted several hours.. How prepared were we? Here are just a few of the concerns I heard voiced by different people during this event. These things can happen on any day at any time.While some of you maybe laughing at these things or it may sound strange to some of us but none the less, they happened..
Did we have access to Water?
Heard and saw that people didn't have cash/ or their credit cards with them to purchase something to drink.
Did we have access to any possible Medications that we may have needed?
Did diabetics have snacks with them in case their sugar dropped or insulin in case the stress of the situation raised their sugar level?
Heard several people say was only going down to the street for 10 minutes.
Did we have a car charger for our cell phones to be able to stay in touch with others or were we watching the percentage of battery life we did have and hoping it would last?
Saw people asking other people if they could use their cell phone to call home etc because their cell phone just died.
Did we want to run our vehicles to stay comfortable while staying out of the rain, but didn't want to chance running out of fuel before getting to a gas station?
Observed a family with small children and an elderly person in their car rolling their window up and down for over an hour to get fresh air in their car because they didn't want to run the car since they were on empty.
None of us are immune to being caught of guard but in most of these situations there were some simple fixes to keep this from happening again.
Try to always keep a minimum of $ 5.00 bill in the car somewhere for emergencies like water or a snack if needed.
Leave the car charger in the console of the car so it is always there when you need it.
Keep the gas tank full or at least no lower than a 1/2 tank at all times to give you the flexibility for maybe having to take an alternate route or just having to shelter in your vehicle in comfort especially with small children or the elderly.
Sheltering in place or someone else's place is not a new concept by any means. However with the coastal bend experiencing tornado, severe thunderstorms and flash Flooding Alerts more frequently in recent years, it's a practice that should we should review and inact in our daily lives.