White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan says the Bush administration is conducting a lessons learned review into what went wrong with the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina when it hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005.
So I thought I’d conduct a lessons learned review of my own.
- If there is a national emergency, I am on my own.
- Have a plan – when the infrastructure collapses around me, knowing where I’m going will save stress and ease heartache.
- Keep cash on hand – I probably won’t have access to ATMs and banks.
- Being insured isn’t the insurance it once was. Save now for that rainy day. If there’s an incident of national significance, I need to be prepared to pay my way for months.
- Be prepared to help others along the way…. karma is a two way street.
- It is not crazy to stockpile water, cans of tuna, first aid supplies and batteries.
- Don’t panic and remember to breathe.
- Expect long lines and lots of delays — so carry a couple good books to read during the waits.
- It’s better to travel in pairs…. so find a buddy to commiserate with.
- Count my blessings and maintain a sense of humor.
Do you have anything to add? Or maybe you’ve got your own lessons learned review?