I posed that question to my Org4life News readers a couple of summers ago during one of our particularly bad fire seasons here in New Mexico. Brenda K. had just evacuated her home in Los Alamos due to the forest fire raging there at the time. She told me she followed “The 7 Ps” when packing up her car:
The 7 Ps:
- Personal computer
- Phone (& charger)
I’ll admit it was the first I’d heard of “The 7 Ps”. But I like them because they make so much sense!
Here are some additional Ps that I collected from Facebook fans and newsletter subscribers:
Purse — me
Pillow — Marie M.
Pistol — Martin H.
Peripherals (external back up hard drive) — Jane E.
Personal address book (paper version) — Nancy M.
Positive attitude while on the road — Keith P.
Makes you think, doesn’t it? What would YOU take? Are you prepared?
I’m thinking of fires because that’s what we have a lot of here in New Mexico, and also in Southern California, where I spent the previous few decades. But the 7 Ps could apply to any natural disaster.
Just for fun, I Googled “7 Ps” and came up with this British military adage:
Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Well…If the shoe fits…!
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