Now we’ve begun the emergency planning portion. Today was raining and last night was a huge thunderstorm, so it was appropriate that we stayed inside and planned for disasters like fires, floods, and hurricanes. We’ve settled on a few good recommendations for the plan. Most of the information was available online including: a shopping list for a disaster, a mutual aid agreement to involve other local institutions, and other information I found on the NCPTT disaster response section of their website. At the beginning most decisions were made by the group, sitting around and discussing every aspect. This was a great way to write descriptions and conditions of each room in the house, and to discuss housekeeping plans, but for a disaster plan this was too unfocused and most plans can be based on a template.
Then the topics involved in the plan were divided amongst us and we began to write individual sections with the understanding that we would go over everything together to give more sense of continuity. Most of the write-up for the portion I am writing, about disaster prep, came from the Winterthur emergency management handbook that I photocopied before I left school to come to Ossabaw. It is a very useful handbook as the wording is short and clear, and I found that bulleted lists seem more logical and quick in an emergency situation. I am trying not to write too much that would not be useful in an emergency, as leafing through pages and pages could be something everyone doesn’t have the patience to do.
I hope it will be useful.