What would you do if there was an emergency and the kids were with their other parent?
I originally meant to talk about this topic earlier this week, but was too busy to post anything. It wasn’t supposed to be in reference to 9/11 (actually it was Syria and our local weather that made me think of the topic).
Two years ago, a massive tornado devastated our town. DH had SS at the time (it hit about two hours before the switch), and was living one block in the ‘zone’. Although DH’s home came through unscathed, there were houses just blocks away that were completely demolished. It was a massive panic.
Luckily DH was able to immediately text BM telling her that SS was safe, but it didn’t take long before all communication was shut down. A quarantine was quickly set up around the ‘zone’ (which included DH’s street) and nobody was allowed to enter unless they had an ID with their address (ie : BM wasn’t able to come get SS). Fortunately, DH lived on the North edge of town instead of the South (BM and I both lived North of town) – because he wouldn’t have been able to drive through town to get to us. DH and SS were very fortunate, and DH and BM were able to continue the custody arrangement like normal. Things could have easily gone very, very differently.
I first thought about this topic, because my mom started talking about the whole Syria thing. While I’m not rushing to come up with an emergency plan because of Syria, I thought it was an interesting topic. What would you do if a natural disaster devastated your area? What if there was a war? What about another terrorist attack?
Really, it doesn’t even have to be the other parent (although that makes it a little more divorced/stepparent specific). What if they were at school? At a slumber party? Out of state, or overseas, on a school trip?