You typically want to be able to leave a dangerous situation. We’d rather shelter in place if it’s safe, but you might need to put distance between you and danger to get home or get to the next safe place. As we’ve discovered in other posts, ‘dangerous situation’ is a pretty loosely defined term, so some examples may be handy:
- Getting away from a forest fire in Montana.
- Getting away from New Orleans before a hurricane.
- Getting away from Manhattan on 9/11.
- Getting your kids from school during a snowstorm.
- Escaping a war-torn country.
You need an Emergency Plan to help get all of your chicks safely to the roost.
Don’t Get Stuck.
When something bad happens, you want to get your family together and get somewhere safe. That means two things:
- Have an emergency plan – Who does what and when? Where will you go? How will you get there?
- Have options – What will you do if something goes wrong with your plan?
We’re going to combine those two items into one: Have a plan with options. In military terms, they use the acronym PACE: Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency.