Preparing For The Worst, Expecting The Best

16 Mar

Today I went to a seminar on how to prepare for an unexpected departure. In the light of recent turmoil in the immediate region and the earthquake/tsunami disaster in Japan the subject of the seminar was particularly topical. Oh, and please don’t worry. This seminar was not held because there is any indication we will be evacuated anytime soon. There have been plans in place for a long time to prepare U.S. diplomatic communities around the world for a possible evacuation. Let’s face it…it is a sign of the times we live in.

So, now that I’ve just about got our house in order (save hanging pictures on the walls), I’ve got to get organized to be able to leave on short notice. We were advised on a number of preparations: Each of us should have a suitcase packed about 3/4 full, leaving space to add a few last-minute items. We should scan in all important documents like medical records and passports and store them on a thumb drive. Alas, the U.S. government does not provide any help at all in transporting pets in an emergency. We could end up paying up to $2,500 to transport our pets or, worst-case scenario, we may have to leave the kitties behind. This means a search for a reputable kennel or a local friend who will be willing to take Baxter and Lulu in.

I really don’t think the situation will ever come to this and I truly believe we will be here for the duration of B’s two-year assignment. I hope these do not become famous last words.

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