“Out the Door: 4 Tips for Home Base Survival with a Parent on Call” with Les Brown is a great series of self-help strategies and techniques for surviving during and after a natural disaster or emergency. The book’s title is somewhat tongue-twisting, as it suggests that a parent can “out the door” without his/her children. However, these do not mean that the parent is simply abandoning the children in the care of another family member or simply choosing to leave the children at a friend’s house. Rather, it is a matter of being prepared to live and fight for your family in any situation. Here are the four tips to bear in mind when you “out the door”:

Protect the Children: It is natural for parents to become consumed with their own concerns for their children. The best way to combat this is to do everything you can to ensure your child’s safety. Make sure they are in a warm and dry place and make sure you have sent home all of your important papers.

Have a Plan B: If you were unable to return home during an emergency, don’t panic. Instead, be sure you have a plan B. You may have been told by officials that you should evacuate your home immediately, but if you gather together with other children you can figure out a strategy to make it through the storm. Your neighbors may have useful information that can save your life.

Know Your Rights: As a parent, you have rights regarding your children. You are the only adult that matters and no one else. Make sure you know what those rights are regarding your children’s protection. If you need help, your local attorney can be of assistance. In the case of a natural disaster, your attorney can also give advice about the best way to deal with the problem legally.

Bring Along Water: Be sure to bring along water. If the power fails, you may not be able to have a reliable source of water. The city supplies millions of gallons of water for use by the public, but unfortunately they can’t keep it running constantly. You could stand in the line for hours and fill up your empty bottles. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to emergency situations.

Keep Your Children Brimming Water: Have you ever tried to make a cup of tea or coffee with just a mug and a little water? It may be a little difficult because your children may end up drinking the entire pitcher before you have a chance to enjoy a refreshing drink. You should also make sure you have some water available for your pets, especially if there is an emergency situation and you can’t get them outside. You can also make sure that you have a way to purify water before giving it to your children. Even the store bought versions have chemicals in them that can harm children.

Be Prepared With a Contact List: The list of household contacts you have made in the past is probably long enough, now it needs to be expanded with friends and neighbors. This contact list will help you in times of crisis when you’re not sure who to call. A parent on call can end up communicating with people that can help. Contact the parent before sending emergency information or other critical information to the child. That makes sense, right?

Be Prepared for Any contingency: If there’s a crisis situation, be sure to prepare for the worst. Don’t assume something bad will happen to the house. If you make a list of what you need and make sure you have it in a place where you’ll easily access it, you can solve your problems quickly. As I said in the first chapter, “If a problem exists, solve it.” In this book, you’ll learn how to solve many of the problems facing you and your family.

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