Did you grow up being told to always keep your gas tank half full? I remember my dad telling me to keep the gas tank filled! I am always worried I might run out of gas. I guess you can call me a Nervous Nellie. For me, I worry that I might get stalled in traffic. We drive to California every so often. Sometimes we are lucky and the traffic flows really well. The trip should take about six hours. Once it took nine hours in the heat of the summer. Luckily we had filled the gas tank because we were driving at a snail’s pace….less than 5 miles per hour for long periods of time.
There were even periods when the freeway was at a standstill. People were looking for a place to “relieve” themselves. Others were hiking to the top of nearby hills in hopes to see how far ahead the stoppage was. Imagine, others were sitting in the middle of the freeway playing cards with other stranded drivers. Hard to believe!! I’m glad we could run the air conditioning during the severe summer conditions that day.
I keep hearing about fires, floods, hurricanes and tornadoes in different locations of the country this summer and pray that the people can evacuate safely, and hope that their gas tanks are full enough to get them out of danger. This is where we really need to have a PLAN. I am talking about a plan where you as a family sit down and decide where you might meet if you had a serious situation hit your home, street, school or workplace. We might not all be home at the same time. If you do run out of gas or you are at a dead stop for hours at a time on the main freeway or other road be sure and have some items that would help in your car. Emergency Car Bag
This plan needs to be written down and discussed in a family meeting. Some of the younger ones may not fully understand, but kids can recognize danger and the need to learn proper evacuation techniques. Maybe the plan is to go to “grandma’s house”, the local school or church, the library or your favorite place to eat. Somewhere that ALL family members can remember. The family also needs to practice what steps to take when they leave home, such as grabbing the “Grab and Go” bag that has been safely stored where all are aware, that has been stocked with whatever items YOUR FAMILY feels are critical, like prescriptions, etc.
This week thousands of people were directed to evacuate their homes along the Outer Banks areas of the Carolina’s due to Hurricane Arthur. In this case, it wasn’t simply a matter of a short drive to the designated location in the neighborhood. This meant leaving the place they called home and driving to a location that was safe. Can you imagine how many families were lined up at the local gas station waiting their turn to fill up? What a scene! We’ve had some similar circumstances due to wild fires here in the west. You just never know when a situation may come up where having a full tank of gas can make the difference in the health and safety of your family. Think about what is happening to others and get your plan in place, that includes keeping the gas tank in your car above half full whenever possible. Be safe my friends!
Prepare Your Family For Survival by Linda