Emergency Plan

We recently had a bit of a scare in that I got very sick late at night last weekend (edited – I am now ok it was a 24 hour thing thank goodness). We had to go to the emergency department at our local hospital because I got very sick very quickly and there were no GP’s open at that time of night. My parents who are normally our back up plan for caring for the little monkey if we are unable to, were away on holidays. Our close friend who is back up number 2 was also away. So we were stuck with a sleeping toddler and an urgent need to get me to hospital. Thankfully we were able to call a friend of ours and his girlfriend who were happy to come over at 11pm and keep an eye on our little money (despite our attack cat going bonkers at them).

This made us realise we really need to think of some emergency contingency plans for the future. We can not just assume that our default back up carers will be around. You really do need a network of people you can rely on. But this is easier said then done I know. Especially when you are the first out of your closest friends to have kids (and your friends don’t have kids), you live alone, are a single parent and so on (you get the picture). How you over come these barriers I have no idea and I am sorry I have no recommendations on what to do if you are in that situation (will be happy to hear suggestions). But long story short you need to have a serious think and have a network of trusted people you can call on if needed.

But one thing this situation made me realise is that this goes bigger picture then just who would care for my child if we can not. Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. In some ways I am prepared, we have a first aid kit for instance but I’ll be honest, if something bad happened where I actually needed to use it for anything other than applying a band-aid, well I wouldn’t know what to do. There is a very good chance the poor person requiring first aid would get slathered in antiseptic cream and wrapped head to toe in bandages and band-aids. We have a smoke alarm but what would we actually do if we woke up one night and the alarm was going and smoke was pouring in under our door? But while you are on your planning kick you should look at the bigger  bigger picture and what would we do during a disaster like a cyclone or zombie apocalypse?? (ok this one IS already mapped up. I clearly have priorities).

I guess we all have a vague idea of what we should do in an emergency, and would like to think when it is crunch time we would be so awesome and be a fantastic emergency responder in our household. But when it comes to crunch time do we really know? I used to laugh in the movies where the “crazy” dad or mum would make the family do emergency drills. In fact Big Bang Theory recently had an episode where Sheldon did just this. Was hilarious at the time. Not laughing so hard now. Now I think this might not be such a crazy idea. We do drills at school and work so why not in the home?

So over the next month or so we are going to develop some real emergency situation plans (fire, accident, cyclone, zombie apocalypse etc) and have them in an easily accessible place. Discuss with friends/family about care arrangements in the event both myself and hubby are not able to care for our little monkey. I feel silly for having one but at the same time it is a very real issue that needs to be addressed, because in an emergency situation the last thing you want to be thinking about is “who do we call?…..what do we do?”. One thing I know for certain I do not want to be in the situation we were in that night the other weekend where we stood there looking at each other (well I was not really standing was kind of crumpled in the living room but that’s off topic) and saying “what do we do??”. That was certainly up there in the top ten of my most scary moments and I don’t want it to happen again…EVER.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rainbowg
    Feb 14, 2012 @ 19:43:17

    Hi, hope you are okay, and thanks for the post. I will definitely be planning out my contingency plan for the next zombie apocalypse. xo

    Reply

  2. stacybuckeye
    Feb 18, 2012 @ 15:10:30

    You needed to start this post with, “I’m Okay!” Hope all is well now. I’ve never even really thought about what we would do in that situation. Now I will!

    Reply

    • Caspette
      Feb 19, 2012 @ 19:40:55

      Oh my goodness I better edit that as yes I am ok now. It was a brief stay thankfully (well less then 24 hour which for a public hospital here is pretty damn brief). Thanks for pointing that out.

      Reply

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