*I went to a playgroup/meeting for mom's with kids today. They had a Military Family Life Consultant and a "key spouse" on hand to answer questions. It was a great way to get some information in a kid friendly setting.
*One thing brought up in the meeting: Have a typed or written list of phone numbers of family and friends back in the states. Good point. Never a good idea to have to rely on your electronics for critical information in an emergency. Would be a good thing to laminate and stick in your 72 hour kit. (I'd also like to type up a list of what is IN our kits, laminate it, and put that in there too. So I would know what we do and don't have, and where to look for things.)
*Note to self: Add Uno, Skipbo, and Phase 10 to 72 hour kits. And coloring books and crayons. Okay, so maybe we should have a whole back pack dedicated to battery/electricity-free kid entertainment. With some chocolate in there for
*I heard about the girls today (Melanie and Kelsey) They're headed to host families for tonight and hopefully to their own homes in the states soon after! Evidently they asked if they could stay with me. My neighbor said..."Uh...she has four little boys. Maybe you'd be more comfortable with xyz who only has one little baby!" For the record, I would have LOVED to have them. But yes...they would have had to share a bathroom with a bunch of aim-deficient man-children.
*Here is one stranger (down south) talking about his experience:
*Doug said when he doesn't have patients on Monday afternoon, he'll get to go out and do some volunteer work.
*I was wishing I could get out and do beach clean up. Until I heard that they've had some bodies washing up on the beach. That made me cry. I will not be going to the beach.
I just got kind of a huge shock. Tonight at 5:05 p.m. we were told to turn on AFN (the radio station) or Channel 8 for an important announcement from Col. Rothstein. He addressed the nuclear threat by reassuring us that there is no threat. We are 250 miles away. We are up wind. The radiation levels in the atmosphere of Misawa are being monitored 24/7 and they haven't changed.
And then he said...
that due to the OTHER factors affecting us here (ie gas/power/electricity shortages and continued aftershocks daily) that the U.S. government is offering to bring home dependents. That means me. And my kids. We're being offered a round trip ticket to our home of record in the states.
We have no idea what will happen or what we will do!
My mind is reeling!!!
What do I do?????????
*Post Edit: Healthy Friend Janeen just called me and told me to STAY CALM! We're not going anywhere! I feel better already.*