It could never happen to me. I live in small-town Michigan; nothing really happens here.
Knock on wood.
Disaster happens, and September is National Disaster Preparedness Month to raise awareness of the importance of being prepared for any emergency.
Being prepared includes strategizing a plan with your family that covers evacuation routes, shelter, communication and having an emergency preparedness kit at the ready. Assign who is responsible for what, consider dietary needs in any food storage, think about medical needs and take into account anything needed for the differently abled. Have a plan for pets, too.
Ready.gov noted that texting is the safest way to reach others. When calls won’t go through, texts often will. The site even offers a family emergency communication plan to walk you through strategizing together, with printable features and tips.
Mom was right.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry.