Most people associate emergency plans with natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and fires. This is only a small fraction of how emergency plans can and should be used. The basic idea behind this plan is: if “A” happens, then “B” is what you will do in response. Taking the time to formulate your plans now while you are calm and rational, takes the decision making process out of the equation when you cannot make important decisions.
Emergency situations are characterized by high stress, irrationality, excessive emotions, and an inability to make good decisions. Most people are not trained on how to handle these types of situations. This is why emergency plans are so important.
Emergency plans provide you family with a road map of what needs to be done when your normal routine is disrupted. It can also dictate who will do the tasks needed. Outside of natural disasters, these plans are very useful for the following situations: child births, death of close family members and friends, car accidents or other accidents resulting in bodily harm, infidelity, and losing a child or baby (born or unborn).
Here is a simple example of an emergency plan for a child birth:
- Have 2-3 weeks of pre-prepared food on hand. This can be store bought frozen dinners or food that is prepared ahead of time and then frozen. (This reduces the amount of work required to prepare food after the baby is born).
- Hire a maid for the first 2 weeks after the baby is born. They could come in and clean 2-3 times per week (or more if needed)
- (Very important!) Have a nanny or family member look after the baby for 2 hours per day or every other day.
- (Very important!) Use 1 of the 2 hours listed above to focus on your relationship and spend time with your spouse. (Many couples make the mistake of putting your child before your relationship. The only person that should come before your relationship is God (depending on you religious practices). Your child should be 2nd to your relationship with your spouse.)
- If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask for it. If friends or family are there with you, use them.