Thursday, May 30, 2013

Be Prepared: Babywearing In Emergenies & Other Emergency Planning!

May 20th Tornado in Newcastle, Oklahoma
If you've followed the news for the past ten days, then I'm sure you've seen footage of the horrible storms and tornadoes that ravaged many parts of Oklahoma on May 19th and May 20th.  In fact, my husband was in Newcastle, Oklahoma on May 20th working on the above featured home when a tornado ripped through the home.  My husband, Andrew, and his two co-workers barely had any warning of the tornado on the ground that was headed directly towards them only two homes away.  My husband took shelter in the bath tub as the roof was ripped off the home and the walls began to get sucked into the twister.  After the winds calmed, Andrew dug out of about four feet of rubble to safety only to see complete devastation around him.  He, along with his two co-workers, walked away without a scratch.  It was a miracle.

Onya Baby Soft Structured Carrier
Ten days later, Oklahoma is again undergoing severe weather.  This time, the severe weather is literally in my back yard.  While a couple of miles away, my husband and I could see the tornado circulation from our window.   We're in the clear now and praying for those in the path of the storm.

I wanted to take this opportunity to mention a few things.  If you're ever in a tornado warning or other severe weather emergency, it's such a good idea to baby wear!   A wrap or soft structured carrier will keep your little one(s) close.   It will keep you together and your hands free in an emergency. 

Also, have an emergency bag packed and ready to go if needed.  In your emergency bag, be sure to include the following:

Important Documents: Birth certificates, social security cards, car titles, home/life/auto insurance policies, health insurance cards, any documentation pertaining to homeownership (title insurance policy and other closing documents) and other documents you deem important to have.  It's also a good idea to have a document with important telephone numbers: Insurance company (health/home/life/auto), church or place of worship, local utility companies and other emergency services.

Medicine: Keep over-the-counter medicines as well as prescription medicines in your emergency bag.  It may take days or longer to re-fill any medicines that become lost or destroyed in an emergency. 

Other Items: Have your car keys, wallet, cash, checks and credit cards easily accessible, too.  Pack a diaper bag for your little ones and include diapers, wipes, extra clothes, shoes and any other items your baby, toddler or little one might need.  Snacks and bottled water are also good additions as well.  A battery operated radio to listen to news updates, along with flash lights and extra batteries for those items.

Most importantly, stay calm and have a plan of action.  Be prepared!

Stay Safe!
Toni The Chic Momma
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  1. That is a great post. I never thought of babywaering as part of emergency plan, but i do now. Thanks!

    1. You're welcome! :) So glad the info helped you.

  2. Wow! Thank you for this! We're hoping to have another child and if/when we do, we want to babywear! I never would have thought about this!

  3. very good advice. i have a moby but i need an emergency fast carrier!

    1. Any kind of wrap or soft structured carrier would work, although some mommas like Onya Baby, Ergo and Boba SS Carriers as they're a little easier to get on in a hurry. Glad you liked the post!

  4. Such a great idea. We don't often get hit with bad storms, but if we were to have a bad hurricane or nor'easter I think this would be a great idea if we had to evacuate in a rush.

  5. You have some great ideas... we don't have any little ones that still fit in carriers, but we do need to keep some meds on hand for several family members.

    1. Even a makeshift wrap (sheets for instance) could be used for children who exceed the weight limit for wraps and other soft structured carriers. Glad you found the info helpful!


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