How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster by Creating a Family Emergency Escape Plan

Updated: Nov 20, 2020

Green Evacuation Sign on a Yellow Wall

As if 2020 hasn’t delivered enough drama, here in California, we have now earned the distinction of “gigafire” status, which in layman’s terms means, we have for the first time in California history a 1 million-acre fire.

Which is truly heartbreaking.

Luckily for our family, we are not currently in the “hot spot” of fires, but just a few years ago in May of 2014 we had a swarm of 20 fires that broke out in our local area, and it was beyond frightening.

We evacuated to several different locations not knowing if our home would be harmed.

Fortunately for us, the firefighters were able to get the fires under control before the flames got to our neighborhood, but there were many homes, businesses, and community areas that were completely burned and lost in those fires.

To be honest, I’ve been so focused on the Covid remote learning challenges with my kids, that I just haven’t allowed my brain to even think about emergency preparedness…

In a way, I think it just feels like too much for my brain to process.

Sadly, wildfires do not care about my emotional capacity, and these current California fires are the wake-up call that I need to be better prepared in case wildfires break out here in the San Diego area.

If that did happen, I’m a bit concerned that I would just freeze not knowing what to do…I am definitely one of those people who quickly goes into “reptilian brain” in emergencies…let’s just say, I am not an ideal candidate for an ER nurse position!

So, it’s time to get my act together and do some emergency preparedness. I know it’s one of those things that I will rest easier knowing I have a plan if I should even need it!