Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday's Matter: Emergency Plan

At our home, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are set aside for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Even though we may look perfect from the outside (wink, wink) we are NOT.  And we are certainly not perfect at holding FHE every Monday night.  Oft times we settle for eating dinner together or going for a walk around the neighborhood with the dog.  Sometimes I feel like EVERY night is Family Home Evening at our house, since it is ALWAYS the two of us at home at night.  I can say that making FHE something fun and uplifting and making it okay to be silly has been wonderful.  Singing songs helps bring in such a happy atmosphere to our home too.

Tonight lets sing THE TOMATO SONG!!  If you love silly songs, you're gonna love this one!

With General Conference rolling around (if you are unfamiliar with this term then click HERE) it is a great  time to update our Emergency Plan as a family.  Timing it with General Conference helps us to remember to revisit the plan at least twice a year.

Discuss and Prepare:

  • What natural disasters might happen in your area?
  • What you would do if such things occurred while you were home?  While you were away from home? If you were separated from each other?
  • Designate a place to meet each other if you get separated.
  • Restock your 72 kits.  Items should include a 3 day supply of Water and non-perishable food, flashlight with extra batteries, waterproof matches, personal hygiene items (toilet paper, pads, tampons, toothpaste, toothbrushes), Cash money and change and anything else you might be able to think of.
  • Designate a family member out of state to contact if you have a disaster in your area.  Often times local lines will be jammed, even cell towers could go down and you will need to check in with someone outside your area to find other family members (Just think if you had a huge earthquake while your husband was at work and you were out shopping, if roads were impassable by car and your cell phone wouldn't work how would you find each other?).
  • Don't forget to restock a few emergency items in your cars too, including tossing a pair of old athletic shoes in the back just in case.  Can you imagine having to hoof it over rubble or broken glass in high heels or flip flops?  No bueno.
Then when you have done all this.  Go have some ice cream or Frozen Yogurt.  Better hurry - Opening Day is TODAY for the Giants and the game starts at 6:40pm!

{Family Home Evening Doesn't Have to be Perfect, it just has to BE!}

1 comment:

Kat said...

Kristy and I have started doing Fhe together, and its been pretty great. Definitely hard to make it different than the other nights we are at home together but it pays off.

I went to Arizona a couple weekends ago for the giants spring training and I thought if you and mike the whole time! Yay for opening day!!!