Thursday, 17 March 2011

New 52 Week 10 We have an emergency plan

In our house we have had an emergency plan.  I think we might call it a Hayden emergency plan.The sort of plan when the children know when and why we need to call 111 for an ambulance and even how to respond to the operator.  They too know what that means with regard to panic levels and following instructions etc.  We all know this plan because we have had to practise it quite a few times.

Recent world wide events including the Earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand (I live in Auckland New Zealand) the horrific tsunami in Japan, have prompted me to make so more robust plans for a natural emergency.

So I have ordered this kit from St John New Zealand and will add to this a special kit for Hayden and top up with a few extra bits and bobs we have at home.  In fact I have no idea how we would cater for him as he required 2 litres of water a day and electricity to run everything.  Hmmmm I am yet to solve that issue.

I have printed out this form and am creating a plan with the children and DH when he gets home from working in Vancouver and am working through this planning sheet to help should we need it.

I am not paranoid to the extent that I can't do or go anywhere but I guess it just gives peace of mind.  Also Andre is learning about 111 and emergencies at school so it is good timing for our 7 year old.

I will post a photo when I have the two little packs all organised and packed.  As for the planning three days in advance.  That will take a little time to assemble but the intention is there.  Oh our barbeque bottle is full so we will be cooking.

So even though it is unlikely that Auckland will suffer from and earthquake you never know just what kind of emergency we might be ready for.

So keep an eye out for when all things are gathered and photos taken and I will post what I have done to get us ready for an emergency.

Monthly round up February (late)

What books or magazines did I read.
It is sad to say that I am still reading a book I started some weeks ago.  I have simply run out of time to fit it into my schedule but fingers crossed that March will see things like this improve.
I did glance through a magazine called Carers.  Upon flicking through it was only for the aged and disabled not for people like my husband and I  Of course sitting at the hairdressers I managed to brouse a few girly magazines at the hairdressers though.
My favourite TV show or movie. 
I am not usually a great fan of reality shows but I really enjoy watching the Amazing Race.   Ok I have just discovered that we are a season behind so I havent looked at the web site but we are on Season 17.  I dont get to watch movies much but perhaps I should be making a wish list of movies I would like to see.
What are the fun things that I have done with my family
We do fun things around the house mainly.  Hayden makes it difficult to do outings but I know that the little things around the need to be recorded.  Not sure what it was we did but will be careful to record them in future.
Health Issues and Things
this is always something in our house that could be really dramatic and the need to call 111.  Luckily we have all been really healthy and well.  I am pleased the say that Hayden is now really comfortable having his port a cath accessed and now sits up to help.  He does not need three people to hold him down.  I am so please with this progress.
My Accomplishments in February
I have lost a heap of weight since 1 December 2010.  Well it is heap of weight for me.  I am so pleased that February was the month when I felt really fit, happy and healthy.  I am planning to maintain this so watch this space.  I too have been busy working.  This is a major juggling act for me as Hayden requires a lot of organising for me to get to my relief teaching work.  Now I am consistently getting 3 days of work a week which I am really pleased with.  I too have completed two school applications for 2012 for McKenzie with more to come.  This task is like cutting down a for all the paper work I needed to fill in and post out and one for the cheque (I know an antiquated form of payment) I need to fill out so her application can be processed.