1001 Tips for Military Families - Tip#463

10 Quick Things To Do Before A Deployment

  1. Take pictures - and get them printed before they go (you’ll get busy once they have left and they will not get put up)
  2. Talk to each other about worries and fears - make a list of all of the things you are worried about and then talk about each one and come up with some things you can do or just acknowledge that it will be tough.
  3. Do a walk through your home: talking about shut off valves, fuse box, etc. - bring a note pad (and phone or camera) with you and just make some jot notes and take pictures so that when they are away you have something to reference
  4. Make emergency kits for the house - go to: http://www.redcross.org or http://www.redcross.ca to get more information- do a search under emergency preparedness guide
  5. Make a list of contact information for the fridge - friends, family, emergency contacts, unit information, how to get a message to your absent family member and most importantly (which people normally forget) is your own contact information at the top.
  6. Organize bill payments and schedule appointments - put on a large calendar in central area where everyone can access them and add to them when necessary.
  7. Make sure you have all the legal documentation you will need while they are away - ID cards, birth certificates, power of guardianship, powers of attorney, copies of insurance info - if you are traveling alone with children you will need additional documentation to identify that they are permitted to leave the country in your guardianship (I nearly couldn’t get back into the country once with my kids because I was missing this documentation!).
  8. Complete a calendar of events or update your phone calendars  - include birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions you normally acknowledge - this way you will both have the information.
  9. Hide notes in their bags/luggage and they should hide notes around the house for you to find when they are gone - come up with your own, use Post-its that are already made for you or other notes like the ones on: http://www.sayplease.com (you may have noticed that I LOVE these!)
  10. Make lists of short and long to goals for yourself while they are away to keep you busy, learning and doing new things and not always focused on their absence - Top Ten Things I Will Do, While You Are Away

For more information about our tips, resources and books go to: www.whileyouwereaway.org

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