Earthquakes. Fires. Tornados. Hurricanes. Super viruses.

Breaking your finger before the big game. Using bleach instead of laundry soap on your favorite shirt. Losing your cell phone—again.

Where am I going with all of this?

be prepared

Being prepared for an emergency is important in today’s world. Things like water, food (don’t forget the can opener!), blankets, and so forth are good items to have on hand in any emergency. Also, it’s smart to know where to meet your family in case of a disaster.

But there’s enough serious stuff out there. It’s time to write something fun.

Now it’s your turn: Write a humorous short story about getting ready for an emergency. What is the emergency? Does your character do everything right, but things still turn out wrong? Does your character do everything wrong, but somehow things go right? Is the emergency a goofy one?

If writing a story feels like a disaster to you, consider writing a paragraph about what items you would like to have in a “to go” bag in case of an emergency.

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