Are You Prepared for Disasters? The Cast of Dads Discuss This in Episode #11


With the recent tragic disasters striking around the globe recently, when the Cast of Dads got together to record Episode #11, we spent a majority of the show talking about the serious subject of family preparedness when a catastrophe strikes. It’s a touchy subject to discuss, actually, because when you listen to others, you realize how far behind you might be in your own preparations, emergency kits, safety processes and procedures, and family training.


I live in earthquake country and as I talk about in the podcast, I have done some preparation to be ready for “the Big One”, however, that preparation is a bit stale. It’s always a difficult thing planning for the worst case scenario. Sometimes one can easily slip into a state of denial (“oh, it won’t happen to me“), which can actually be a bit detrimental to your planning process, and, God forbid, plan execution. But, overall, I would say my family is about 75% prepared and with a few extra hours of work on a weekend, we would be fully ready to survive a week or two.

But it is the unexpected that you should be prepared for. But how do you go about doing that? There are many lists and sites that have checklists of things to think about. In fact, one of our own Cast of Dads members put together a rather thought-provoking one. Perhaps as part of a family exercise, I will work on doing a similar one from my perspective…it would be a smart thing to do! Documentation of your plan is critical as well.

Regardless, these are some of the topics that we touched upon and discussed in Episode #11 of Cast of Dads:

  • Emergency preparedness for families
  • Earthquakes, wild fires, hurricanes, tornados & blizzards
  • Planning vs. Reacting
  • How does your school notify you about emergencies?
  • Steve Garfield’s French Toast Level Alert
  • The Media fueling panic with weather
  • How to deal with kids while going through a weather event
  • Technology solutions for disasters
  • Generators, Crank Up Radios & Battery Backups
  • Drobo
  • Getting rid of land lines
  • 911 Locations
  • What is in your car trunk?
  • Growing up on a sailboat
  • Remaining calm around the kids
  • Fear of kids in cars
  • I Saw Your Nanny
  • Nanny Cams
  • Finding your 13 year old driving
  • Fire Alarms & Smoke Detectors
  • The possibility of an upcoming “Mime Episode”

If you have questions or ideas for topics that you would like us to cover (remember, between all of us we have 13 children ranging from newborns to young adults), just send us an email to [email protected] or tweet us at @CastofDads! Also, our podcast listener base is growing! If you are interested in sponsoring our podcast for an episode or a month, be sure to contact us!

As always, the full podcast is available on and now on iTunes. You can also listen to the podcast below:

Cast of Dads – Episode #11 “Dealing with Disasters!”

If you are interested in sponsoring this podcast, please leave a comment on the Cast of Dads site, send an email to castofdads@gmailcom or leave a question/comment on my Contact form.

Cast of Dads is a group of podcasting and blogging dads who gather to gab about fatherhood. The cast of dads includes C.C. Chapman, Jeffrey Sass, Max Kalehoff, Michael Sheehan, and Brad Powell, who collectively represent 13 kids from the youngest of babies to full grown adults. Each of them brings a unique perspective to being a father.

HTD says: Take some time NOW to plan out your Emergency Preparedness!

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