A couple of nights ago I had this dream/nightmare that has me thinking about our emergency preparation and plans. First, a peek inside my head...
In my dream, I was walking around the Plaza while a storm was building. The clouds grew dark and the lightening clapped loudly overhead. Such storms are fairly common in the summer here, so I didn't think much of it. That is, until I saw a tornado approaching from the southwest. Now, tornadoes don't really happen here (thanks to our climate and geography) so everyone began to panic. Because tornadoes don't really visit us, most of our structures are built without basements. Knowing this, my first thought was, "Where is there a basement?!?" The answer was a bar down the street from where I was, so I began running there and got down into the basement with several other people with just moments to spare. When the tornado came through, it demolished the building above us, trapping us in darkness below with no tools, water or food and no idea what was happening above us.
At this point I woke up and drank some water, thinking that was the end of that.
While I still haven't figured out exactly how prepared for an emergency I want/need to be on a daily basis, it is obviously on my mind. As I begin to sort through my thoughts and assess my needs and our needs, I would absolutely love to hear from you!
What do you carry with you on an every day basis? What do you carry with you on a daily basis that would help you in an emergency? What am I missing in my pack (besides a fire starter and a first aid kit...)? Do you have a bug out bag? Do you have multiple bug out bags in different places (home, work, vehicle)? And, most importantly, in your opinion, where is the line between being prepared and being...well...a little paranoid?