It’s been awhile since I’ve written and I hope this finds you happy and well.
Next week, I’ll share what I’ve been working on the past few months, my next chapter and how you can join in. Today, I want to share with you something a little off-topic from my usual notes but highly important.
As you may know from my emails and Instagram, last December my community lived through what until this week was the largest wildfire in modern California history.
Now, as the new largest wildfire in modern California history rages in Northern CA and fires and floods are happening across the globe, I thought I’d share some tips for evacuating and dealing with Mother Nature.
I hope you never need them!
1. Stay calm.
When your phone’s blowing up from family, friends and emergency alerts it’s easy to slide into mental breakdown mode. Panicking doesn’t do you or anyone around you any good so take deep breaths and focus on what’s in front of you.
Talk only to who you need to in the moment. You can call / text everyone else back when you’re in a safe zone or it’s passed.
2. Pack what you need. Leave what you don’t.
Packing up your life and driving away from your home not knowing if you’ll see all you cherish again is brutal. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of time to decide what stays and goes.
We all value different things but here are some musts to remember to take with you:
The 7 P’s:
- Pets + a few days of food for them. (I brought Harper’s blankets too.)
- Prescriptions. (Any medication you take daily or weekly.)
- Purse with ID.
- Personal sentimental items. (Like jewelry from Grandma.)
- Pillow. (Cause you never know where you’ll end up sleeping!)
The 4 C’s:
- Cell phone.
- Chargers for your phone, computer and anything else.
- Clothes. (Just enough for a few days.)
The 2 T’s:
A few things you’ll want to have:
- A full tank of gas in your car.
- Candles + matches.
- Bottled water.
- Food that doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
3. Do your best to gather and share accurate info and quell chaos.
There can be a LOT of inaccurate, outdated and conflicting information during these times.
Do your best not to fuel rumors and only pass on info with sentences you can begin with, “This is what I know for sure…”
Take what you hear with a grain of salt. Everyone has good intentions but not everyone has good facts.
4. Take care of yourself and others and give thanks to those who’re taking care of you.
Times like these are all about helping family, friends, neighbors and your community.
Adrenaline pumps through our bodies and it’s easy to sleep less, drink more caffeine and alcohol, eat junk (or not eat at all) and totally forget to hydrate.
You have to take care of yourself in order to take care of others so do what you can to care for your body, mind and spirit.
Give thanks to first responders, firefighters and those who risk their lives to protect you, your loved ones, pets, neighborhood and community.
And remember to keep calm and carry on.
As devastating, physically and emotionally draining and long the experience may be, eventually it will pass and life will be sweet again.
Nature is resilient and so are you.
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