Juba Posted June 18, 2010 Report Share Posted June 18, 2010 My wife and I have been here in Australia for 6 months and have been so busy trying to find our feet and also exploring our new environment that none of us really gave any real thought as to what would happen/should happen if.....This topic may have been discussed before but I could not find anything so I thought it would be a good idea to post it on here, some of you may already have an emergency plan in place others (like me) not.I was doing a bit of shopping today with my 2 kids. My son (almost 3), baby girl (turns 1 in 4 days time) were shopping for a birthday cake and so on. After we bought everything for her birthday, we were heading back to the car which was parked on the other side of the shopping mall. My daughter was sitting in the stroller and my son held my hand (most of the time). We got to a kind of a junction inside the mall and I was well aware that my son was not holding my hand and was looking at all the different people, shops...... he was about 4 meters behind me so I stopped just past the centre of the junction so that I am not in the way of everyone. The mall was really not that busy. So while I stood there watching my son and waiting for him to catch up I saw that he suddenly became aware of the fact that he does not know where his dad is anymore...It broke my heart to see how small he really was. He paniced...ran flat out for about 10 meters in one direction and then the other. I called out his name but he did not hear me. The he started to cry. I was suddenly taken back to the one or two occasions in my life as a child when for that brief moment, you think that your parents are gone. We are Afrikaans, my son can speak a little English but would not do well if he had to explain his situation to anyone. So, this really got to me and got me thinking. What if... Do you have a plan? We do not have any family in Australia either.I started to think and came up with the following, please add if you can think of anything else or share your plan with us. Some of the things below are very simple but if certain things are not in place..who knows what can happen.So tomorrow I am going to:1.Put emergency contact details on my phone, on my car keys etc. These would include names and numbers for people in Aus and SA2.Talk to my friends here so that they know what to do, should something happen to us, ie take care of the kids until my parents or other family can come over.3. Get life insurance or some kind of plan in place, should one of us ....you know. I was thinking about how we will pay rent etc if only 1 of us could work etc. I also do not want my children to go back to SA if I can help it...still working on this4. Inform or send my family in SA a copy of the plan with all the details in it.5. I still need to find a way to try and explain to my son that .....not sure about his one but I will sit down with him and at least tell him what to do when he gets lost.6.I am going to print out the details of my nearest emergency facility, police station etc7.I was not worried that much about my son's english but will have to get him to improve on it a little.8. I was hoping that you guys could suggest a few more procedure that one should put in placeI just hope I can sleep tonight.....Anyway, I hope to get some feedback on this and for those that do not have something in place..maybe now is a good time to think about it.Juba Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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