So here’s how it happened. I had taken my car into the shop that day. So my car key was separated from the rest of my keys. Now if you’ve had this happen to you before – you can see where this is going…
I had to go get something out of my car. I grabbed the car key to open said car. And I pulled the front door closed behind me. If you just groaned because you know what I just did – then thank you. Yes, I did just lock myself out of the house.
The house key, my phone, my wallet – all safe and secure on the other side of the locked door. The spare key – yes that was also on the other side of that door. Now in my case, there was someone who had another copy of the key. And by chance my ipad was in my car. So I was able to fire off a quick email requesting assistance, and maybe a facebook message or two thanks to the wireless.
But this got me to thinking. If this had been a little less convenient – do I have an emergency plan in place? A quick review made me realize that I might actually be woefully unprepared.
Last year during the power outage from the hurricane, the house smelled like fruit salad because all my candles involved apple, vanilla or other favorite IKEA scents. More recently, I had a moment where I didn’t have my phone and realized that under pressure I couldn’t remember anyone’s contact number.
So I spent a bit of time this weekend making a list of things I need to do to get things a bit more in order. First things first – I updated my phone to contain an ICE – In Case of Emergency – contact. It’s labeled as that in my phone so a first responder wouldn’t have to guess who in my list to start calling. And I added a second person to be ICE 2. I learned that trick a while ago and am really grateful I don’t have to wear the emergency alert bracelet that used to contain the same information.
Next step – a better plan for all my keys. I’ve enlisted two additional people to get spare keys in the event of another lock out. Second step – copies of emergency numbers stashed in a few more places – like my car and wallet. I’m going to to leave out a few key details so I’m not spreading my friends info all over the planet, but in the event of phone failure I can still know who to call.
In the coming days: an emergency kit for the house and an emergency kit for the car. My grandfather would gift to all of us in the family two flashlights every year at Christmas for our cars and the house. I miss that tradition dearly, and while I have at least one working flashlight for the house, the car is not prepared. Granddaddy’s simple rules involved a few dollars in the glove compartment, a flashlight, a map, and a small toolkit – which remain solid things to have even in the time of cell phones.
And for those who are unaware of how accident prone I am, I’ve been in enough emergency rooms in the past few years that I know what a living will is. For those of you who aren’t aware of what a living will is – there are a few different forms but it defines who can make health decisions for you in the event you can’t make them for yourself. With that I have to say kudos to facebook for putting a new spot on your timeline to add the date you signed up to be an organ donor (hint hint, this is your chance to do something… www.organdonor.gov )
So before I go too much further into depressing stuff, I do want to say that I hope you’ve done a better job of planning for an emergency than I have. While I hope that none of us have to pull out copies of these plans, if you find yourself in my shoes, here’s a few links to help you get some ideas of where to start:
So my list of things to buy and prep is ready, and I’ve got a future task on my calendar to review all the details and update them in about 6 months.
Take that locked doors – I’ll be even more prepared to defeat you next time!!!