I have read – not to mention, written – a seemingly endless number of blogs and articles about preparing for an emergency. In fact, I’ve probably read – not to mention, written – more articles on this topic than on any other.
Being prepared for a disaster is possibly the single most important thing you can do for yourself and your family, and that’s why I’ve made it a huge priority in my life.
I’m confident that a large percentage of my readers have already prepared a bug-out bag and/or stockpiled emergency food and water in their basement or other convenient location.
I’m also confident that a majority of the people who have packed a bug-out bag have failed to include a particular item. I’ll take some of the blame for this because I have not stressed it often enough.
The item I’m talking about is…drum roll, please…photographs. Because you can’t eat them or drink them or wear them or use them for shelter, many people don’t even think about photos as they prepare for a crisis.
But the fact is, having current photos of your family members and pets in your bug-out bag could mean the difference between your family becoming permanently separated during an emergency situation and being reunited.
The easy way to accomplish this task would be to take a family photo and individual photos of family members and pets on your phone. That way, if you become separated from them during a crisis, you can pull out your phone and show people those photos to learn if they’ve seen them recently.
But, everybody is going to have their own problems during an emergency and it’s unlikely they will remember what your family members look like five minutes after you show them those images.
The strategy that is more likely to result in you reconnecting with separated family members and pets is having multiple small photos of each of them that you can hand to people while you search for them.
Write your cellphone number on the back of each photograph in hopes that someone will call you if they believe they’ve spotted one of your people or animals.
Think about how badly you would feel if you were separated from loved ones during a crisis and were unable to let others know what your family and pets look like.
Make a commitment to yourself to get this done this week and then add those photos to your bug-out bag. You’ll be glad you did.