Knowing your hotel's evacuation plan

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler explains why its important to know your hotel's evacuation plan in case of an emergency when on vacation
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Knowing your hotel's evacuation plan

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Isn't it funny how we think nothing's going to happen while we're on vacation, like everything's just going to be peachy keen and we're going to have a great time. And the truth is that an emergency can happen at any time. The sad news about the world is that we're not the same now since 9/11, so talking about something on that level or a Hurricane, or a tornado, or an earthquake, we really have to stop and think about that. One of the things you can do is throw a flashlight in your suitcase, because hotel rooms for some reason are so dark. I don't know what that is about hotel rooms, but they're always dark. And for the most part, I've found that hotels aren't always prepared for disaster either. You can even throw in extra food and water and check your bag. Also, I think it's really important when you go on vacation, find out the evacuation plan of the hotel. See where you are, find out where the elevators are - the stairs, because you might not be able to use the elevator. Just kind of get a little feel for where you are and how to get out just in the event of a situation.

Emergency Preparedness Specialist Cari Butler explains why its important to know your hotel's evacuation plan in case of an emergency when on vacation

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Cari Butler

Emergency Preparedness Specialist

Cari Butler is a Westside Los Angeles mom and native Californian whose interest in Emergency Preparedness began when her daughter started school and was required to have a personal emergency kit. That raised the question: "Why shouldn't everyone have an emergency kit?" Her concern led her to thoroughly research the subject and then create her own business. She now provides consultation services for families and businesses, as well as offering the Emergency Café line of kits.

Cari’s mission is to get everyone prepared, and she has been on that mission since 2005.  She has been a guest speaker at several conferences and schools. She was asked to participate in the 100th Anniversary Earthquake Conference in San Francisco. Her client list is a virtual who’s who in Hollywood.  

Cari’s website, emergencycafe.com was just awarded the 2009 Best Safety Site by Nickelodeon Parent Choice Awards.  Emergency Café backpacks were the “IT” gift this season in the Dancing with the Stars television show gifting suite.  She is also a contributing writer and blogger on many mommy sites including Hot Moms Club, Gurumommy, Twittermoms, City Mommy and Mommy Track’d. In addition she has been featured on several TV shows and has done numerous radio spots as well.  

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