Friday, May 7, 2010

In the Event of an Emergency

When you visit the Oregon Coast, you see the above sign everywhere. It's a bit unnerving... but at the same time, it's nice that there is an evacuation route. This photo makes me think about emergency plans. I think it's so important to communicate the most horrible "what ifs" and take the proper steps to get what's necessary in writing.

I recently had the discussion about "what if I were in a car accident and had no brain function", "what if there were usable organs", "what if YOU could choose the time they'd turn off the machine and who could be there", "who should have a say in all of the decisions". A bit morbid? I don't think so, really. My Dad and stepmom, as most of you know, passed away recently. And even though they were not in great health, NO plans had been made. No-one knew what their wishes were... that made it a bit harder.

So... I have some emergency plans laid out, others need to be put into writing. But I am getting there. And, I will be discussing my wishes with loved ones. Not on a constant basis, it will NOT be my focus in life. But I will let them know it's ok to talk to me about it...

Anyway... there are sooooo many subjects I could cover here... "in the event of an emergency" perhaps I will get to those later.


TheHappySoul said...

Great things to think about! So many of us get caught up in the day to day business and never really think about the "what ifs". It is totally necessary, and even though we may not want to think about them, it needs to be done. I know that I have been slacking in this dept, and my dad's illness has made me more aware of the things that should be dealt with. I'll be trying to get all my ducks in a row and letting my family know my wishes.


KanYoFuse said...

Great topic Robyn. It is so important to communicate what your wishes are and come up with emergency plans. Having them all spelled out will lessen the stress in the event of an emergency.

Anonymous said...

It's easy enough to talk about the what-if's, but preparing for them is a very daunting task for me. It is particularly hard for me to think of what will happen to my girls if I were to die. Would they ever see thier step dad or little brother? Good topic to think about.


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