One of the reasons people don’t prepare for an emergency is the mindset that “it could never happen to me”. But over the weekend, a potentially tragic fire at the home of country singer Trace Adkins proved the importance of having a plan before a disaster strikes.
According to news reports, a fire broke out in the garage and quickly spread to other areas of the home. CNN.com gives an account of Rhonda Adkins, Trace’s wife, after she heard about the fire from a neighbor:
Her three young daughters and their dog were inside the home with their nanny when the fire started. Rhonda Adkins was driving a few blocks away when a neighbor called her.
“She said that the house was on fire and we looked up in the air and we saw the black smoke," Adkins said. "And I said, 'Oh, my God, this isn't happening, this isn't real.'" When she pulled up to her yard, she found her children there unhurt, she said.
"They ran to their safe place like we practiced, in the front yard at a big tree," she said. "And it worked. You know, fire safety is so important, and today we used it."
Read the whole story on CNN.com, and take the opportunity to create or practice your family’s fire safety plan or emergency communications plan today. Like it did for the Adkins family, having an emergency plan that you practice can ultimately save the lives of the ones you love.