After responding to MOST52 Blog concerning preparation for mass evacuation, this caused me to pause and think about how my life would be in a shelter. I would not have much privacy, perhaps tucked in my bag, I may have packed a blanket or sheets. The shelter might actually provide additional blankets, if there are extra available!
Assuming that you had packed your ostomy supplies, when it's time to change your bags or take additional care of your stoma, What would you really do for privacy? You could try to get 3 or 4 people of the same sex. or opposite, if your prefer to assist you. Bottom line, you will need a few friends. Not just for privacy, you will need someone to be an advocate, advisor, listener or trusted caregiver to assist you in forming a protective barrier around you. You know, someone who got your back and you got theirs.
Food and water supplies could be low if any, at all. When you have supplies you still would be able to change and or do all those neccesary things that we all take for granted while we are in the comfort of our own personal shelter. Personally, my concerns would be hygiene, overcrowdness, food, water and extra clothing in case of a mistake or other unforeseen events. Last but not least, good medical assistance, if needed.
I have never personally been involved in a mass evacuation natural or man made, nor do I wish this fate on anyone. But this thing does cause me to stop and think, What will I do? Where will I go, who can help me? Where can I go for assistance or shelter? What's my exist statergy? I know that my life would never be the the same. There are a lot of things to consider in the event of your involement in a mass evacuation. Oh by the way, we all got that little voice constantly reminding us, how much will this cost. Will my insurance cover this? I wish I had purchased flood insurance and or do I need or have good life insurance. What did I not do? So we must constantly stay and be vigilent in our preparation for disasters.
For those of you who are going through the after effect of Hurricane Harvey and the actual Irma, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I realize that is a significant emotional event, life changing! Thank you also goes out to first responders and volunteers! Let none excel you.
Remember, If you stay ready, you don't ever have to get ready! I wish you all a very good day or night where ever you are and thanks for taking your valuable time to read this.