good post, Florida!! I didnt want to hijack your thread, but the thing you mentioned about shortages in disasters bothers me. Ive been through a few minor ones (hurricanes and ice storms) and dont want to get caught short again! So I started one about that, I hope we get some ideas shared. http://allnurses.com/forums/f8/disas...ss-205024.html
One tip I learned was to leave extra time when in post disaster phase- everything takes longer. If you dont have hot water at home, lots of coworkers will be doing like I did- bringing clothes and showering on the spot. I even one time took a crockpot of stuff from the freezer and plugged it in when I was at work, then took home a hot meal, easy! Not having electricity makes things so much harder.
We have a chain saw, getting out of the driveway after trees and limbs are down is an important first step to gettin to work! LOL
Do they give you a hard time at your job if it snows real bad and you cant get in? Everywhere I have ever been they have folks with 4 wheel drive ready to pick up staff. What really bothers me, is they dont guarantee you a ride home! WTH?!?!? Like, I'm gonna ask to be stranded??? Even if I took a back pack of food and personal care stuff with me if I had to stay, thats still a shortsighted way to do it, I think- how many are gonna agree if they cant guarantee a ride back?