a week ago today was the official “shake out” across the globe, where millions of people took the time to practice key emergency management skills in the case that they are unfortunate and experience a large earthquake. (shudder) (cringe).
i was too busy celebrating the birth of my second son last thursday to focus on doom but, rest assured, the event didn’t slip by my brain. after all, i’m in to survival.
i’d be lying if i said i don’t ever think about natural disasters; if i said that i haven’t had day-mares over tragedy befalling my city, my neighborhood, my loved ones. i can’t deny that i’ve ruminated over worst case scenarios involving my babies: me at work, us separated, bridges closed. it would do me no favours to suppress the instinct that finds me whenever the topic is broached: get me to my children.
it’s possible, after all.
one of the most challenging confront-your-fear-days of my life, no exaggeration, is when my eldest son began attending a licensed group daycare a couple of years ago. not because he was going in to care, i’m a fan of formal, but because parents were required to prepare a personalized disaster comfort kit, in the case that there was ever a need.
i sobbed as i placed the favorite non-perishable food item, a change of warm clothes, a family photograph, a comfort item, and a mushy gushy love letter in his kit. i sobbed after handing it in. i sob now, thinking of the passage i wrote to him in his letter; of there ever being a need for him to take comfort in my words, minus my voice (i’m emotionally stable like that).
i felt similarly jarred refreshing his kit this year. except better.
why? well, this year i included a wee little somethin’ from a local business, Beesafe Solutions, and it helped me feel more secure.
as wisely summarized by the emergency preparedness peeps over in victoria, ”we can’t prevent disasters from happening, but we can prepare to avoid suffering, minimize damage and come through the recovery period as quickly as possible”.
to do this, the Red Cross encourages canadians to become informed, establish a plan, and get a kit.
i’m no expert but with a mission to provide ”essential emergency supplies designed for busy people” i vote that Beesafe Solutions is a good place to get your kit on.
so, because we’re all safe and well, emergency preparedness is a smart thing to involve ourselves in, and i’m a good times kinda gal (minus the worry factor), it’s giveaway time!
i’m honoured to partner with Beesafe Solutions and help you in your mission to ”protect your hive”, ’cause i know you wanna.
please note: winner will be randomly chosen. prize will be one emergency kit for your child. contest is open to canadian readers. entries will be accepted until monday, october the 28th. the winner will be notified on closing day and will have 48 hours to claim their product.
thank you and good luck!
disclosure: i was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. i was, however, graciously gifted a Kid’s Basic Kit in june of this year which is how i came to know about this fab company.